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The Mirror Crack’d – New Theatre, Cardiff

Novel by Agatha Christie Adapted for the stage by Rachel Wagstaff Director: Melly Still Reviewer: Barbara Michaels The name Agatha Christie is synonymous with thrillers that hold their appeal through the years – think The Mousetrap now entering its 67th record-breaking year on stage and still going strong.  But a first-ever stage adaptation of one of Christie’s mystery novels is ...

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Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em – Darlington Hippodrome

Written and Directed by Guy Unsworth Based on the original TV series by Raymond Allen Reviewer: Mark Clegg Despite the strange fact that it doesn’t get repeated very often, the original TV sit-com Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em remains as iconic as ever. Certainly, Frank Spencer as immortalised by Michael Crawford was probably the most imitated character in the UK ...

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Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em – Richmond Theatre

Writer/Director: Guy Unsworth Reviewer: Alex Ramon While not quite boasting the reputation of Fawlty Towers, Dad's Army or Steptoe and Son, Raymond Allen's Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em nonetheless remains among the most enduringly popular of '70s sitcoms, its combination of sharp writing and slapstick proving pretty timeless in its appeal. The travails of its disaster-prone, proud but oddly innocent protagonist Frank Spencer, whom ...

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Handbagged – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Kate Fahy, Suzie Blake, Sanchia McCormack and Emma Handy

Writer: Moira Buffini Director: Indhu Rubasingham Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Moira Buffini's Handbagged, a satirical take on the weekly audience meetings between Margaret Thatcher and the Queen, plays this week in Edinburgh's King's Theatre, promising a sharp, insightful dramatisation of the relationship between the twomost powerful women of their time. Running chronologically, the play begins with Thatcher's first audience and concludes ...

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Handbagged – Nottingham Theatre Royal

Writer: Moira Buffini Director: Indhu Rubasingham Reviewer: Dave Smith We’ll probably never know what was said over the eleven years of weekly meetings between Margaret Thatcher and the Queen, but as Moira Buffini’s cleverly conceived play suggests, it was unlikely to have been a meeting of minds. While the former was bent on changing the very heart of the country, ...

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Handbagged – Oxford Playhouse, Oxford

Kate Fahy, Suzie Blake, Sanchia McCormack and Emma Handy

Writer: Moira Buffini Director: Indhu Rubasingham Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Queen Elizabeth II and Margaret Thatcher. Two iconic figures of the 20th Century, born just a few months apart, and responsible for some of the most significant changes in British history. Wouldn’t it be brilliant if we could know what they thought of each other? In Handbagged, Moira Buffini’s mildly enjoyable ...

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Handbagged – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Author: Moira Buffini Director: Indhu Rubasingham Reviewer: Ann Bawtree After a successful run at the Vaudeville Theatre in the West End, Moira Buffini’s Handbagged is now partway through a countrywide tour. There are only six names mentioned in the cast list and two of them play the same character at different ages. The remaining two, Asif Khan and Richard Teverson, ...

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Handbagged- The Lowry, Salford

Director: Indhu Rubasingham Writer: Moira Buffini Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby   Handbagged should be awful. Seen The Iron Lady. Seen The Queen. Seen The Audience. And here’s another play with not one but two impersonations of Maggie, another expose of the private world of the Queen, and a plot that’s nothing more than speculation and gossip. It’s a recipe for ...

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