National treasure Maureen Lipman and Oliver Award winner Katie Brayben will lead the cast of multi-generational play My Mother Said I Never Should when it opens at the St James Theatre later this spring.
Lipman and Brayben are joined in the production, which runs from 13 April to 21 May, by Caroline Faber and Serena Manteghi.
Caroline Keatley’s play is a tale of women, and of mothers and daughters, told through the stories of four generations of a family. Skipping through the ages, it explores familial relationships and how our recollections of events differ.
My Mother Said I Never Should returns Lipman to the London stage for the first time since her Theatre Royal Haymarket performances in Harvey and Daytona, while for Brayben it is the first production since her Olivier Award-winning portrayal of Carole King in Beautiful.
Faber’s previous credits include the Headlong productions of Romeo And Juliet and King Lear, and Manteghi recently played Bobbie in the Olivier Award-winning The Railway Children.
Speaking about Lipman’s involvement in the production, director Paul Robinson said: “I am delighted to be working with Maureen for the first time. I am, of course, well aware of her huge body of work and have been thrilled by her performances on various occasions. We have really enjoyed talking about the play and role, and I’m so excited by her approach to it.”
My Mother Said I Never Should opens at the St James Theatre following the world premiere of new musical Miss Atomic Bomb, which runs from 7 March to 9 April.