Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho

Outside, the queue is teeming. Inside, the auditorium is full. Then she appears, in sensible shoes, bright lipstick, a tweed suit and heels. When she starts talking you find yourself wondering why you never made the observation before. Bitchy and regal, Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979-1990, makes the perfect drag queen. This is political satire that tickles when it bites. ‘Have you got any spare change?’, a homeless character asks. ‘Yes, I’ve got lots.’ Maggie says, mid-stride and not showing any signs of stopping.

You must meet this Queen of Soho. She would be delighted to make your acquaintance.

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho explores the relationship between our late Prime Minister’s relationship with clout, homophobia, and the rising liberalism of the eighties. The plot revolves around the controversial Section 28 homophobia act, which pushed to ban a relatively harmless children’s book on the basis that it contained illicit content. Mrs Thatcher struggles with herself, weighing up the pros and cons, with songs and jokes to aid her.

The supporting cast comprised of two young male actors and dancers, donning hiking boots, cropped tops, and hot pants. This pair of performers flaunted their talent by playing miners, politicians, Jane Knight, Peter Satchel, and many different taxi drivers. The jokes are plentiful and clever, and the acting is top-notch. Eighties gems, which the audience was more than happy to sing and clap along to, made up the cabaret part of the show. The tech is also impressive. The lighting changes and sound effects greatly enhanced the comedy, and the techie himself played Winston Churchill in a truly hilarious and inventive part of the show.

The performance ended with a well-earned standing ovation and, whether a friend of Maggie, or a vehement foe, you must meet this Queen of Soho. She would be delighted to make your acquaintance.

Reviews by Joanna Alpern

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The Blurb

She's back! Britain's first female prime minister stars in a drag comedy musical extravaganza like no other! On the eve of the vote for Section 28, Maggie gets lost in Soho and accidentally becomes a cabaret superstar, but will she change her mind about the homophobic bill before it's too late? A camp odyssey about gay rights, the 80s and disco! 'Glorious camp with political punch' **** (Times). 'Funny, glamorous and horrifying' (Arthur Smith). ***** 'Comic perfection' (SoSoGay.co.uk). 'Absolutely outrageous' ***** (Everything-Theatre.co.uk). 'Less than respectful' (Telegraph). 'I await the West End transfer?' (Stage).