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Theatre Review: Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em - Richmond Theatre (UK Tour) ✭✭✭✭

Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
 
Richmond Theatre
Review by Emma Curry

7th March 2018: Based on the original '70s sitcom, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em brings the hapless Frank Spencer and his unique brand of chaos to the stage. Starring comedian Joe Pasquale in the role of Frank, the story follows the evening of a disastrous dinner party at the Spencer household, featuring escaped chickens, broken furniture, burst pipes, exploding wine, and much, much more. 

The original sitcom was famous for its stunts, and this stage version doesn’t disappoint: the set is phenomenal, with props perpetually falling over or breaking or exploding, giving the show the feeling of an old slapstick silent comedy. The script also reflects this spirit, with Frank’s unique style of speech incorporating lots of puns and wordplay (including some innuendo which had the audience in hysterics).

The cast are uniformly excellent at navigating the intricate comic timing of these moments, with Sarah Earnshaw giving solid support as Frank’s long-suffering wife Betty, and Susie Blake a riot as her mother, who becomes increasingly tipsy and outrageous as the night goes on. Joe Pasquale is also a standout in the lead role of Frank, navigating the various stunts and setpieces with aplomb. Rather than impersonating Michael Crawford’s memorable mannerisms from the original series, Pasquale offers his own unique take on the character: his Frank is altogether more loveable and endearing, and you find yourself rooting for him even when you can see disaster looming. Amidst all of the chaos, there are also some very touching moments between Frank and Betty, which give the show a real heart as well as laughter.

All in all this was a quality night’s entertainment, and one to be heartily recommended. Whether you’re familiar with the original show or new to Frank and his accident-prone capers, you’ll find yourself laughing along, and gasping at the how-did-they-do-that quality of the stunts. 

Four stars ✭✭✭✭
















Photos by Scott Rylander

Twitter: @somemothersuk

2018 Remaining TOUR SCHEDULE

5 – 10 March                             Richmond Theatre                                            0844 871 7651  
                                                  www.atgtickets.com/richmond                           

12 – 17 March                           Churchill Theatre, Bromley                              020 3285 6000                                                                                                               churchilltheatre.co.uk                            

19 – 24 March                           New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth                       023 9264 9000
                                                  www.newtheatreroyal.com                                             

2 – 7 April                                 Lyceum Theatre, Crewe                                    01270 368 242
                                                 crewelyceum.co.uk                                 

9 – 14 April                               His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen                      01224 641122
                                                 www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/venues/his-majestys-theatre                                                                                                              
16 – 21 April                             Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne 01323 412000   
                                                 www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk              

30 April – 5 May                        Royal & Derngate, Northampton                      01604 624811                                                                                                             www.royalandderngate.co.uk                              

8 – 12 May                               Orchard Theatre, Dartford                                 01322 220000
                                                 orchardtheatre.co.uk                               

15 – 19 May                             Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton                        01902 429 212
                                                 www.grandtheatre.co.uk                                    
21 – 26 May                             The Hawth, Crawley                                           01293 553636
                                                 hawth.co.uk     
 28 May – 2 June                     Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells         01892 530613
                                                www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk                        
 4 – 9 June                              Theatre Royal Plymouth                                     01752 267222
                                                www.theatreroyal.com                                       
11 – 16 June                            Ipswich Regent Theatre                                     01473 433100
                                                www.ipswichregent.com                        
18 – 23 June                             Harrogate Theatre                                             01423 502116
                                                 www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk                             
 25 – 30 June                            New Theatre, Hull                                             01482 300 306
                                                 www.hulltheatres.co.uk                                    
 2 – 7 July                                 Darlington Hippodrome                                    01325 405405
                                                 www.darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk                       

9 – 14 July                                Norwich Theatre Royal                                     01603 630000
                                                www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk                         

16 – 21 July                              Curve, Leicester                                               0116 242 3595
                                                 www.curveonline.co.uk                                      

23 – 28 July                              Palace Theatre, Southend                                01702 351135
                                                 www.palacetheatresouthend.co.uk                      


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