My Mother Said I Never Should

By Charlotte Keatley
Tuesday 5 March 2019 - Saturday 9 March 2019
Average: 4 (1 vote)
"In its revelation of mother-daughter emotions, the play is without rivals. It is a classic"
The Times
Average: 5 (1 vote)
"Very well designed and performed... depicts social change with sensitivity and empathy"
Behind the Arras

A London Classic Theatre production 

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.

The play details the lives of four women through the immense social changes of the twentieth century. Using a kaleidoscopic time structure, Charlotte Keatley’s 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.

Written in 1985 and first staged at the Contact Theatre, Manchester, Charlotte Keatley’s award-winning play is the most commonly performed work by a female playwright worldwide. 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.

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Playwright Charlotte Keatley Interview

"Since I wrote it, there are still very few plays which show women’s lives as they really are - the day to day, “ordinary” lives... the less visible way in which women really can change society"  - Read More

My Mother Said I Never Should at Derby Theatre


Directed by Michael Cabot

Designed by Bek Palmer

Lighting by Andy Grange


Running Time: 2 hours & 20 minutes (including interval)

Age Guidance: 13+ (contains strong language)