Reviewed by Joanna Woodburn
Back due to popular demand, the highly acclaimed theatre production of the classic BBC sitcom, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em is now on tour and playing at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham. Originally directed by Raymond Allen, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em became a British institution in the 1970s and made comic icon, Frank Spencer, played by Michael Crawford, a household name. In this superb theatrical revival, audiences will be treated to an evening of nostalgia and superbly scripted comedy – the winning formula for the ultimate feel-good night out!
The Theatre Royal, Nottingham, is located in the city centre and hosts a variety of excellent, memorable presentations including musicals from the West End and touring drama. You will be guaranteed a warm welcome by the friendly and helpful staff. The nearest car park to the theatre is Q-Park on Talbot Street, a 3-minute walk away. Audiences can get reduced rates by pre-booking a Parking Voucher with Theatre Royal or payment can be conveniently made at the theatre on arrival.
Written and directed by Guy Unsworth, this hilarious and charming show perfectly captures the heart and essence of the original TV scripts. Wonderfully entertaining, it is a show which will appeal across the generations, delighting both older fans of the original and younger audiences alike. Based around a married couple, characters Frank and Betty – the latter has enlightening news for Frank, but he is otherwise occupied by the possibility of notoriety as a magician. With expectant dinner guests arriving and mixed up communications, priceless mishaps are certain to be on the menu. Audience should prepare themselves for many hilarious laugh out loud moments!
With perfect casting, the multitalented Joe Pasquale truly makes the character his own and has the audience in raptures and eating out of the palm of his hand with his marvellous portrayal of the much loved, accident prone Spencer. Pasquale gives it his all and is hilarious in his role, with an outstanding performance, expert comic timing and great rapport with the audience. So well scripted, the many comic gems thrown up by very clever word play really do reveal Pasquale’s tremendous verbal dexterity and versatility.
Sarah Earnshaw is likeable and engaging in her role as Frank’s long-suffering wife Betty. At the heart of this play, it is the endearing and refreshing love between Frank and Betty which shines through. The tightly knit supporting cast really do work tremendously hard and all shine brightly with spot on timing, great interplay and fully committed performances amidst the mayhem. The enthusiastic standing ovation and cheers from the Nottingham audience were very well deserved!
The brilliant and realistic set itself also superbly supports the many terrifically executed funny moments. With traps galore, dodgy plumbing, wobbly furniture and iffy electrics, the belly-laughing slapstick comedy is pure gold!
Ooh Betty! A bundle of laughs! The perfect, hilarious feel-good night out – Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em will have you laughing out loud from start to finish!
Tickets cost from £20.50 to £38.50 (booking fees may apply).
Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em is at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham from 10-14 March 2020, for more information or to book tickets visit www.trch.co.uk or call the box office on 0115 989 5555.
Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall, Theatre Square, Nottingham, NG1 5ND