My Mother Said I Never Should at The Other Palace tickets
My Mother Said I Never Should at The Other Palace tickets

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About the show

Charlotte Keatley’s ground-breaking production My Mother Said I Never Should makes a well-deserved London debut at the St James Theatre. Directed by the prolific Paul Robinson (High Society, 42nd Street), the production follows four generations of women as they struggle with family, marriage and motherhood.

Set across four generations and beginning in 1900, My Mother Said I Never Should follows the illegitimately born Doris, who exchanges a potentially successful teaching career to become a wife and mother to her own daughter, Margaret. Once the war is over, Margaret marries an American and gives birth to Jackie. As Jackie grows up, she becomes a typical 60's rebel, accidentally becoming pregnant on the way. When Jackie gives birth to Rosie, it becomes clear that she cannot cope with single motherhood and it is decided that Rosie will be brought up to believe that Margaret is her mother. An intimate and heart-breaking exploration of gender expectations across the years, My Mother Said I Never Should discusses topics that are increasingly relevant today.

Written in 1985, Keatley’s play remains startlingly up to date and is the most commonly performed play be a female playwright. In a new staging at the St James Theatre, My Mother Said I Never Should addresses social issues that are commonplace in the present day. The pertinent play features set design by Signe Beckmann, costume by Helen Coyston and lighting design by Johanna Town, with original compositions and sound by Simon Slater.

My Mother Said I Never Should was part of the spring season at the St James Theatre which is supporting female playwrights, as well as placing a particular emphasis on leading roles for women. With Miss Atomic Bomb also on the bill, the theatre is determined to showcase substantial female roles. My Mother Said I Never Should opened at the St James Theatre in April 2016.

Recommended for

Fans of Kealtey’s commonly performed play will enjoy this revamped version, directed by Paul Robinson. Those who enjoy work by Caryl Churchill will find a similarity in this production.

Age Recommendations: May not be suitable for very young children

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Opened: 13 Apr 2016
Press night: 18 Apr 2016
Booking from: 21 May 2016
Booking until: 21 May 2016

Location and map

The Other Palace
12 Palace Street
London, SW1E 5JA

6 Reviews Add review

This show was really good. A show about 4 generations of women 3 mothers and there experience told as 1 family. At this performance... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 6 helpful votes

daniellaharrison 54 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Maureen Lipman was very good in the show. I was somewhat bemused by the aggression, anger and hatred in the opening scenes and sometimes... More

joc78 5"4, 435 reviews, 7 helpful votes

An excellent play!

natsophrob 17 reviews, 9 helpful votes

I would really recommend this seat. Even though it's at the back, my view wasn't compromised in any way. The row isn't actually very... More

natsophrob 17 reviews, 9 helpful votes

lydiakate 5"4, 7 reviews, 0 helpful votes