Susie Blake dons crown in Handbagged UK tour


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.

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Susie Blake

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.

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