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NEWS: Nominations are announced for the UK Theatre Awards 2019

In Awards, London theatre, Manchester, Musicals, Native, News, Plays, Press Releases, Quotes, Regional theatre, Touring by Press Releases

The list of nominees has been revealed for this year’s UK Theatre Awards, the only nationwide awards to honour and celebrate outstanding achievements in theatre throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Best New Play nominees are Laura Wade’s The Watsons, Ulster American by David Ireland and Life Of Pi, adapted by Lolita Chakrabarti from Yann Martel’s novel, while Best Musical …

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LISTEN: What’s changed for female playwrights since My Mother Said I Never Should?

In Audio, Features, Interviews, London theatre, Opinion, Photos, Plays, Quotes by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

How much has changed for female playwrights since 1985 when Charlotte Keatley wrote her landmark play, My Mother Said I Never Should? Playwrights Tanika Gupta and Anna Jordan and Royal Court literary manager Christopher Campbell discuss with Terri Paddock at a post-show panel debate.

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MY MOTHER SAID I NEVER SHOULD – St James Theatre

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These women that playwright Charlotte Keatley created are passionate, feisty and reflect society’s views of women from the 1930s through the 1980s. Though there’s been inevitable progress in women’s rights, Keatley’s script shows how agonisingly slow it’s been. Excellent performances by the ensemble cast of four and a decade-spanning politically commentary make My Mother Said I Never Should a relevant, fun and poignant production that, even though written in the 1980s, still holds important messages about womanhood.

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MY MOTHER SAID I NEVER SHOULD – St James Theatre

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This is a return to grand form for Lipman whose natural comic timing is best deployed undercutting the more strident statements and hinting at the unvoiced disappointments of marital life. She still needs a director brave enough to tell her that Manchester isn’t in the East Riding of Yorkshire and to drag her accent from native Hull to the other end of the M62, but it’s a finely detailed performance across a swathe of the century from tutoring piano lessons as a tetchy wartime martinet to the abandon of popping off her pop socks in an eighties Oldham garden.

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MY MOTHER SAID I NEVER SHOULD – St James Theatre

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Say, first of all, that Maureen Lipman was born to play Doris, the Lancashire matriarch at the heart of Charlotte Keatley’s modern classic. In this revival she never misses a beat: without overdoing it Lipman can convulse an audience with a mere word (“Polytechnic” “End Terrace” ), or silence our breathing with a wrenching, gentle monologue expressing a hidden life.

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NEWS: Maureen Lipman & Katie Brayben in My Mother Said I Never Should, 18 April

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National treasure Maureen Lipman (Oklahoma, Outside Edge, See How They Run) and Olivier-­award winning Katie Brayben (Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, King Charles III, American Psycho) will lead the cast in Charlotte Keatley’s My Mother Said I Never Should. They will be joined by Caroline Faber (The Taming of the Shrew, The Heiress, Hangover Square) and Serena Manteghi (The Railway Children). Presented by Tiny Fires Ltd, this is the first London revival of the play in over 25 years.

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NEWS: St James premieres Atomic Bomb musical & Pianist play

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London’s St James’ Theatre today announces its spring 2016 season, comprising: the UK premiere of critically acclaimed Blitz-set play with music The Pianist of Willesden Lane, the world premiere of explosive new musical Miss Atomic Bomb and the first London revival for over 25 years of Charlotte Keatley’s award-winning debut play My Mother Said I Never Should.