London Classic Theatre presents:
My Mother Said I Never Should
By Charlotte Keatley
Directed by Michael Cabot
Designed by Bek Palmer
Lighting by Andy Grange
Cast: Felicity Houlbrooke, Carole Dance, Kathryn Ritchie, Connie Walker
York Theatre Royal, Tues 20 to Sat 24 Nov.
Set in Manchester, Oldham and London, My Mother Said I Never Should is a poignant, bittersweet story about love, jealousy and the price of freedom. Charlotte Keatley’s play – written in 1985 and the most commonly performed work by a female playwright worldwide – comes to York Theatre Royal between 20 – 24 November.
The play details the lives of four women through the immense social changes of the twentieth century. Using a kaleidoscopic time structure, the story focuses on four generations of one family as they confront the most significant moments of their lives.
In 1940, Doris, a former teacher, encourages her nine-year-old daughter Margaret to mind her manners and practice the piano. In 1969, Margaret’s relationship with her own daughter is strained, as art student Jackie experiments with her new found sexual freedom. When Jackie becomes pregnant at 18 and has baby Rosie, a decision is made that will affect all their lives irrevocably.
My Mother Said I Never Should has been translated into 22 languages and has earned Keatley the George Devine Award, as well as the Manchester Evening News Award for Best New Play in 1990. Keatley was also nominated for an Olivier Award as Most Promising Newcomer.
London Classic Theatre first produced My Mother Said I Never Should in 2000 to critical acclaim. This revival by one of the UK’s leading touring companies promises to bring the play to life for a new generation.
The production is directed by Artistic Director of LCT Michael Cabot with Felicity Houlbrooke, Carole Dance, Kathryn Ritchie and Connie Walker in the cast.