‘In its revelation of mother-daughter emotions over the years, the play is without rivals. It is a classic’ The Times ‘This is a landmark play. The theatrical equivalent of breaking the four-minute mile; like Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls, pointing the way for the next generation of playwrights in form and content’ Guardian Charlotte Keatley’s first main stage play My Mother Said I Never Should was premiered in 1987 at Contact, Manchester, and in 1989 at the Royal Court Theatre, London. It has been translated into twenty-two languages and is performed across the world. The play moves back and forth through the lives of four women, and sets the enormous social changes of the twentieth century against the desire to love and to be loved. In 2000 it was chosen by the Royal National Theatre as one of the hundred Significant Plays of the Twentieth Century. Commentary and notes by Charlotte Keatley.