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6 Shows to See With Your Mum for Mother’s Day

28 March 2019 by Marianka Swain
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Calling all mums! It’s Mothering Sunday on March 31, and we all know your mum’s favourite things to do are spend time with you and go see a show. So if you’re looking for the perfect outing or gift this Mother’s Day, why not treat your mum to a show?

Here are our top picks for shows to see with your mum for Mother’s Day.

Come From Away
This heartfelt Canadian musical, about the small Newfoundland community that welcomed thousands of stranded passengers when their planes were forced to divert on 9/11, is anchored by family, both biological and found. Funny, kind and moving, it’s guaranteed to make you appreciate the important people in your life – particularly those everyday heroes, like mums.

Following the former Follies girls as they return to their theatre for the last time, the Stephen Sondheim musical is a stirring look at the choices we make in life and how the roads not taken can linger in the mind – plus it’s particularly perceptive on women’s roles in different eras. It’s perfect fodder for you and mum to talk about after the show.

The first major plot point of this tasty musical offering is Jenna’s discovery that she’s pregnant – which, in turn, leads to reflection on her relationship with her own mother, and what it means to advocate for yourself and your child. The sweet smell of pie pervading the theatre should also inspire a family baking session – or perhaps a special afternoon tea out.

The Taming of the Shrew
Director Justin Audibert turns Shakespeare’s battle-of-the-sexes comedy on its head with this inspired gender-swapped production. It creates a matriarchal society, with women very much in charge, but also plenty of shrew(d) observations about love, parenting and power dynamics – plus a dazzling RSC traditional dress production. Bonus: Have a great day out together in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Home, I’m Darling
Laura Wade’s insightful comedy pits Judy, living out a ’50s-tastic domestic goddess fantasy, against the feminist mother who brought her up on a left-wing commune. This witty piece, led by a superb Katharine Parkinson on Anna Fleischle’s delectable giant doll’s-house set, is sure to spark debate about nostalgia, understanding, and each generation’s choices when it comes to career and home.

Little Miss Sunshine
James Lapine and William Finn’s musical adaptation of the Oscar-winning film sees an unconventional clan travelling from New Mexico to California to support young Olive’s dream of competing in the titular beauty pageant. Sure to bring up memories of family road trips, squabbles, triumphs and losses – and, most importantly, the times that your mum has gone the extra mile to support you.