Moira Buffini

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Handbagged review – sparks fly at the Queen’s audiences with the Iron Lady
Moira Buffini’s clever political comedy returns, educating a new generation on Margaret Thatcher’s legacy through her weekly encounters with the monarch

Arifa Akbar

15, Sep, 2022 @10:00 PM

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‘The audience want to connect with her’: portraying the Queen after her death
The Kiln theatre’s Handbagged, about the monarch’s meetings with Margaret Thatcher, has opened in a week of mourning. Its stars reflect on the play’s humour and their tears in rehearsal

Emine Saner

14, Sep, 2022 @1:11 PM

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The week in theatre: Manor; The Drifters Girl; Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of)
Rising tides and clunking dialogue overwhelm Moira Buffini’s new play; Beverley Knight and co excel in the latest jukebox musical. Plus, the joys of karaoke Jane Austen

Susannah Clapp

28, Nov, 2021 @10:30 AM

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Manor review – this state-of-the-nation satire is clumsy, crass and unconvincing
There is a prevailingly saggy sitcom vibe as characters shelter in an English country house in a production with many failings

Arifa Akbar

24, Nov, 2021 @1:14 PM

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Moira Buffini: ‘My friends who work in telly say, “Why do you do theatre? It’s so elitist”’
The prolific playwright behind the soaraway hit Dinner, Netflix’s The Dig and Harlots reflects on coming up in the 1990s, her new play Manor and putting her characters ‘through a grinder’

Zoe Williams

15, Nov, 2021 @9:00 AM

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NW Trilogy review – let’s hear it for melting-pot Brent’s brilliant stories
Moira Buffini, Roy Williams and Suhayla El-Bushra deliver a trio of powerful immigrant stories set in the London borough

Arifa Akbar

15, Sep, 2021 @4:15 PM

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Rocks on! The Baftas' diversity push has been brilliantly vindicated | Peter Bradshaw
A British coming-of-age drama about inner-city schoolgirls leads the lack of nominations and four female directors are shortlisted, meaning whatever Bafta has done behind the scenes has worked

Peter Bradshaw

09, Mar, 2021 @5:11 PM

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Baftas 2021: the full list of nominations
From Nomadland to Promising Young Woman, the films up for a gong at this year’s British film awards

Guardian film

09, Mar, 2021 @2:15 PM

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The Dig review – Sutton Hoo excavation romance is none too deep | Peter Bradshaw's film of the week
Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes unearth an Anglo-Saxon burial ship, but leave their emotions interred, in this robustly English drama

Peter Bradshaw

13, Jan, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Handbagged review – a battle of wills between Thatcher and the Queen
With modern-day parallels and an excellent ensemble, this play about two powerful women tests the limits of intolerance and compassion

Mark Fisher

11, Sep, 2019 @7:00 PM

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Macbeth review – potent brew of monstrous majesty and sexual twists
The National Youth Theatre’s urgent, gender-fluid production bubbles with intimacy, brutality and fear

Natalie Haynes

27, Nov, 2018 @7:00 AM

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Knockouts, nobles and nukes: the 25 best British plays since Jerusalem
It is the hit that transformed British theatre. As Jez Butterworth’s epochal drama returns, our critic chooses the 25 best plays since Jerusalem – from exploited boxers to warring kings

Michael Billington

27, Jun, 2018 @5:00 AM

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