Susie Blake crowns a successful stage and screen career by playing the Queen in Tricycle Theatre’s Olivier award-winning comedy Handbagged which starts a national tour this autumn.
Moira Buffini’s West End hit comedy embarks on a 13-week tour from September 9.
Directed by Indhu Rubasingham, Blake, recently briefly back in Corrie breaking the news of Deirdre’s death, will lead a cast of six, including Kate Fahy, Emma Handy, Asif Khan, Sanchia McCormack and Richard Teverson.
Handbagged first premiered at the Tricycle in 2013 where it enjoyed a sell-out 7-week run, and winning a clutch of awards, before transferring to the West End.
Handbagged opens the clasp on the relationship between two giants of the 20th Century. The monarch, Liz, and her most powerful subject, Maggie – Two enduring icons born in the same year. One destined to rule, the other elected to lead.
But when the stiff upper lip softened and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand?
Moira Buffini’s celebrated new comedy speculates on that most provocative of questions: What did the world’s most powerful women really talk about behind closed palace doors?
Susie Blake plays ‘Q’. Her many West End theatre credits include: When We Are Married, Grumpy Old Women Live 2: Chin Up Britain, Wicked and Noises Off.
Her best known television credits include: Mrs Brown’s Boys, Beverley Unwin in Coronation Street, Parents, Singles, Born and Bred, Russ Abbott’s Madhouse and The Victoria Wood Show.
Kate Fahy plays ‘T’. Her theatre credits include: After Electra, The Goat, Othello and two years at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool.
UK TOUR 2015
September 9-12, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury September 15-19, The Lowry, Salford September 21-26, Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford September 28-October 3, Oxford Playhouse October 6-10, The Belgrade, Coventry October 12-17, Arts Theatre, Cambridge October 19-24, Theatre Royal, Nottingham October 26-31, Theatre Royal, Newcastle Upon Tyne November 2-7, King’s Theatre, Edinburgh November 10-14, Theatre Royal, Norwich November 16-21, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham November 23-28, Richmond Theatre November 30-December 5, Theatre Royal, Bath.