Full Length Play, Dark Comedy / 3m, 3f
"In Shopping and Fucking, Mark Ravenhill made theatre relevant to the Thatcher generation. Now he's put videos and Net-surfing in Faust. And it's no less stunning" (Guardian)
"A promising idea awaits dramatic payoff in 'Handbag,' the Mark Ravenhill play that — whatever else its achievements — confirms that the author of 'Shopping and Fucking' is no one-play wonder." - Variety, Read More
"Handbag entertainingly and sometimes jarringly explores the timeless search for love, acceptance and meaning in what’s often an unwelcoming world." - Washington Blade, Read More
- Intense Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
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- Time Period: 1990s, Victorian (British and American)
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: London, in both the 1990s and the 1860s
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
Five of the roles are double-casted and feature two gay couples.
Note from Mark Ravenhill: I'm happy for any of the parts to be played by whoever, whatever gender. The gendered casting is only a suggestion and the parts are open to anyone wherever they are on the gender spectrum.
First performed at the Lyric Hammersmith Studio, London, in 1998 and was commissioned by the Actors Touring Company.