Set in Manchester, Oldham and London, My Mother Said I Never Should, which runs from November 13 to 17 at Malvern Theatres, 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.

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.

Artistic Director of LCT, Michael Cabot directs Felicity Houlbrooke (Rosie Metcalfe), Carole Dance* (Doris Partington), Kathryn Ritchie (Jackie Metcalfe) and Connie Walker (Margaret Bradley).

"In its revelation of mother-daughter emotions over the years, the play is without rivals. It is a classic." The Times

My Mother Said I Never Should will be on stage at Malvern Theatres from Tuesday, November 13 to Saturday, November 17. To book, call the box office on 01684 892277 or visit There will be a pre-show talk with Charlotte Keatley on Thursday, November 15. Admission is free. To book please call the box office.