Stockard Channing stars as Thelma Cates, who shares the old family home out in the sticks with her daughter Jessie (Rebecca Night). This particularly quiet evening seems no different to any other – one of grocery lists, crochet, television, hot chocolate and caramels. But enough is enough for Jessie and a shattering revelation is in the air. As this may prove to be the last evening they share, it seems they have much to talk about…
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Marsha Norman’s astonishing play explores a mother and a daughter’s lives, relationships and up-to-the-minute life defining choices with unblinking honesty, raw humour and suspense.
‘night, Mother received its UK Premiere at Hampstead Theatre in 1985 following a smash-hit Broadway debut. Marsha Norman is a multi-award winning screenwriter, novelist and playwright. Her other plays include Getting Out and an adaptation of Louise Erdrich's novel The Master Butchers Singing Club. She won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for The Secret Garden.
Multi Emmy Award winner Stockard Channing plays Thelma. Channing’s screen credits include Grease, The West Wing, The Business of Strangers (which earned her a London Film Critics Circle Award) and Six Degrees of Separation, which earned her both an Oscar and Golden Globe nomination, following an Olivier nomination when she originated the role on stage. Other stage credits include A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (1985), for which she won a Best Actress Tony Award, and Apologia (2018) in London and New York.
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Both players admirably deliver the goods
Channing has moments of brilliance
Stellar performances from Rebecca Night and Stockard Channing
Stockard Channing brings empathy to a challenging play
Stockard Channing returns to the London stage in darkly comic drama
Stockard Channing impresses in a bleak drama
Stockard Channing is worth the price of admission
An eerie calmness
Dark family saga with Stockard Channing is a dramatic misfire
Is interesting only intermittently
Skates along the surface of the depths of human feeling
The great Stockard Channing is the big draw in this gruelling revival
This Pulitzer prize winner feels too briskly efficient