Venue: Stageworks Theatre Garza Mainstage

10760 Grant Road

Houston, Texas 77070


Handbagged is presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services.

Director - Lisa Garza

Artistic Director - Michael Montgomery 

Costume Design - Barbara Terry

Lighting Design - Ron Putterman

Sound Design - David Dean

Tickets $22 - 35


July 16 - August 1, 2021

by Moira Buffini


HANDBAGGED imagines what really happened in the private meetings between two of the world’s most powerful women: the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher, and Queen Elizabeth II. Born just six months apart, each leader has the capacity to change the world, but how the world should be changed is another story altogether. Will Mags and Liz find common ground in tumultuous times, or will the gloves come off at Buckingham Palace?

Fans of comedy and politics will find this play wholly interesting and also riotously funny. Not suitable for children, Handbagged is recommended for those who will enjoy delving into the darker side of British history. For specific details, email our artistic director.


Mags (Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher) - Nora Hahn

T (Retired Prime Minister Thatcher) - Joan Hodges

Liz (Queen Elizabeth) - Erin Polewski

Q (Later Years Queen Elizabeth) - Priscilla Anderson

Actor 1 (Various Roles) - Daniel Barret

Actor 2 (Various Roles) - J Blanchard

What Does the Queen Carry

in her Purse?


If you answered "Two tickets to a Stageworks show," you'd be correct! 


Queen Elizabeth famously carries a London-made Launer handbag wherever she goes. A real one includes a price tag of $2500 or more. But you can own one of the clever knock-offs created by our props department for far less. Each of the four handbags you will see in tonight's performance will be available on a silent auction which close at 5:00 PM on Monday, August 2 after the final matinee performance. If you are the lucky winner, you'll get to peep inside and discover that the Queen does indeed carry two tickets to a Stageworks show!


There are four colors available:  

  • Emerald (carried by Mags)

  • Aubergine (carried by Q - top right)

  • Jet (carried by T)

  • Chestnut (carried by Liz- bottom left)


You can bid on any one of these fabulous handbags online or in the lobby.