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My Mother Said I Never Should Tickets

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.

Performance dates: 21 May 2016 - 21 May 2016

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Age recommendation: May not be suitable for very young children

Special notice: 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.

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SeatPlan Recommends: The St James is an intimate theatre which offers good views throughout the auditorium, particularly in the Stalls.

Latest Audience Reviews

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

fifilou Top 100 reviewer23 Mar 2017

This show was really good. A show about 4 generations of women 3 mothers and there experience told as 1 family. At this performance there was an actor who was sick so we had one of the four actors read in by the stage manager (I think). This was so interesting as the other 3 actors where interacting with a voice as the script was read from the side of the stage. I think that this really highlighted the talent that these women have and there commitment to put on the show. A simple set and stage that moved between times perfectly!

fifilou Top 100 reviewer23 Mar 2017
daniellaharrison 24 Dec 2016

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

joc78 Top 10 reviewer29 Apr 2016

Maureen Lipman was very good in the show. I was somewhat bemused by the aggression, anger and hatred in the opening scenes and sometimes it was hard to follow the timelines knowing who was related to who. A stellar performance from the actress who played Margaret who had only been in rehearsal for 4 days having stepped in at the last minute. Even though she was reading from the script, it didn't detract.

joc78 Top 10 reviewer29 Apr 2016

An excellent play!

natsophrob 03 Jun 2016

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

natsophrob 03 Jun 2016

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 far back from the stage either, so I could see really clearly. There is plenty of leg room and the seats themselves are comfortable. An extra bonus is that you're by the door, so you can get to the front of the queue at the bar in the intermission!

natsophrob 03 Jun 2016
lydiakate 24 May 2016
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