A POIGNANT, bittersweet story about love, jealousy and the price of freedom is coming to Malvern Theatres, this November.

It is a play with a broad sweep of history that takes in all our yesterdays.

In fact, My Mother Said I Never Should is the most widely performed play in the world by a woman and it details the lives of four women “through the immense social changes of the twentieth century”.

A spokesman said: “Set in Manchester, Oldham and London, 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 18 and has baby Rosie, a decision is made that will affect all their lives irrevocably.”

The spokesman added: “Charlotte Keatley is a Manchester Evening News award-winning playwright and My Mother Said I Never Should is the most widely performed play ever written by a woman, having now been translated or produced in 31 countries from Japan to Peru.

“Other credits include The Iron Serpent, An Armenian Childhood, Waiting for Martin, Fears and Miseries in the Third Term, The Ringing Singing Tree, The Sleep of Reason, Our Father and I am Janet.”

London Classic Theatre are on tour with My Mother Said I Never Should. The artistic director of LCT, Michael Cabot, directs Felicity Houlbrooke (Rosie Metcalfe), Carole Dance (Doris Partington), Kathryn Ritchie (Jackie Metcalfe) and Connie Walker (Margaret Bradley).

The production is touring to fourteen venues, and it comes to Malvern Theatres from Tuesday November 13 to Saturday November 17.

Tickets from the Box Office 01684 892277 and online at malvern-theatres.co.uk