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March 17, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Designed by Hannah Sibai
Directed by Tom Wright
Handbagged: A new comedy by Moira Buffini
Liz vs. Maggie. An irresistibly mischievous portrait of the relationship between Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher that clearly wasn‘t made in heaven. 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 new comedy speculates on what the world’s most powerful women really talked about behind closed palace doors. It‘s a show that cleverly explores the nature of history and reminds us that, while we remember the great events of our time, they tell us nothing about the everyday lives affected by the decisions of those in power.
Founded more than 30 years ago, the English Theatre Frankfurt is continental Europe’s largest English-speaking theatre.
The English Theatre plays an important role in the cultural life of Frankfurt, one of Germany’s most international cities. It has also become a recognised cultural institution in the greater Rhine-Main region thanks to the consistently high standards of its productions, its international flair and its role as a meeting place for people of all nationalities. The government of the state of Hesse has even called it a “beacon” for the entire region.
The English Theatre and its educational activities promote learning and linguistic competence, as well as cultural exchange between Germans and English speakers.
Each season, more than 60,000 visitors enjoy its wide range of classics, comedies, thrillers and musicals, all produced to the highest professional standards. In terms of its patrons, 70 percent are native German speakers and 30 percent are from the extensive English-speaking community at home in and around Frankfurt. According to recent market research, the theatre draws the youngest, best educated and most affluent audience in Frankfurt.
As befits a high-calibre international institution, the theatre’s creative and technical staff come from many different countries. Its shows are generally cast in New York and London, where initial rehearsals take place before transferring to Frankfurt. Each production has a new cast, and all shows are produced by the English Theatre itself.
Capable of seating 300, the theatre’s auditorium boasts state-of-the-art audio-visual technology. The house bar, James, has two floors outfitted with plush contemporary furniture, helping provide the English Theatre with its unique atmosphere.