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Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em - Review

Published: 21st March 2018 07:20

 Joe Pasquale is Frank Spencer in Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'EmIf you're in need of a good, proper laugh, get yourself down to the New Theatre Royal this week.

Some Mother's Do 'Ave 'Em is on until Saturday 24th March and what a fantastic show this is.

Starring Joe Pasquale as the hapless Frank Spencer, from start to finish, it's a perfect evening of pure comedy. As soon as that famous theme tune starts, the audience is transported back to the 70s, and with an amazing cast and extemely impressive set, it carries you along in a perfect cloud of nostalgia.

Set in Frank and Betty's home throughout,  it's based loosely on the story of Betty trying to announce her pregnancy to Frank but things don't quite pan out as Betty planned with misunderstandings and complications along the way.

I don't think there could have been a more perfect person to play Frank.  Endearing and lovable, we know it's all going to go wrong but we wouldn't have it any other way. Joe's comedy timing, expertise and superb physical interaction with cast and set is impressive.

With just six members in the cast, and all totally brilliant, this show is stunning. Sarah Earnshaw as  the exasperated Betty has got her off to a tee. With her sing-song voice and sweet nature, she knows her husband is a disaster but is in love with him all the same.

Susie Blake as Betty's mum, Barbara,  is an absolute delight. Watch her getting slowly drunk on prune wine and without giving anything away, she provided one of the funniest moments of the night from the top of the stairs.

Moray Treadwell plays Mr Worthington  Barbara's love interest who is a bank manager. A formidable character, we almost can't watch Frank's desperate attempts to impress him. He doubles up as Terry Luscombe, a BBC presenter, who attempts to interview Frank about his magic act with hilarious consequences.

Caught up in the madness is Father O'Hara played by the superb David Shaw-Parker.  He knows what Frank is like and does his best to escape but finds himself right in the thick of it.

It has to be said that the set is a work of art. At first, I thought it was just incredibly detailed but as you watch the show you get to see just how technically complex it is and the cast interaction with it is something to be commended. It's critical to the storyline helping to provide some literally laugh out loud moments.

I can't imagine anyone would fail to find this show funny but it's fair to say that the people it will be most special to are those who grew up with the TV show or at least appreciate traditional British comedy at its best - entertaining slapstick and completely daft.

I really didn't know what to expect from this show but what I experienced was one of the funniest nights of the year and I would love to go back and watch it all again.

Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em is on at the New Theatre Royal until Saturday 24th March and includes some matinee performances. For tickets, ring  023 92 649000 or visit the website.

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