My Mother Said I Never Should at the St. James Theatre

The Other Palace Theatre, London

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My Mother Said I Never Should at the St. James Theatre.

Paul Robinson directs Charlotte Keatley’s critically acclaimed play My Mother Said I Never Should at the St. James Theatre.

The most performed play by a female playwright, My Mother Said I Never Should looks at the difficult relationships of mothers and daughters set against the huge social changes of the twentieth century.

“This is a landmark play. The theatrical equivalent of breaking the four minute mile.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“The play… shows how many generations it takes to learn how to love.” John Peters, The Sunday Times

My Mother Said I Never Should plays a strictly limited season from 13 April 2016 until 21 May 2016 at the St. James Theatre


“I don’t know if you’ll ever love me as much as I love you but one day you’ll understand why I’ve done this to you.”

Doris, born illegitimate in 1900, exchanges her budding teaching career for marriage and motherhood. When the war is over her daughter Margaret marries an American and has Jackie, who becomes an archetypal 60s rebel. When Jackie can’t face being a single mother, it is decided that baby Rosie will be brought up as Margaret’s own. That’s the plan anyway…


The cast includes Maureen Lipman and Katie Brayben.


My Mother Said I Never Should by Charlotte Keatley is directed by Paul Robinson with set design by Signe Beckmann, costume design by Helen Coyston and lighting design by Johanna Town;
Simon Slater is Composer & Sound Designer

Venue Information

The Other Palace Theatre, 12 Palace Street, London, SW1E 5JA
Nearest Tube or Train: Victoria (Victoria line, District line, Circle line)
Nearest Buses: 16, 38, 52, 73, 82, 42, 148

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