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Theatre review: Joe Pasquale is the perfect Frank Spencer in Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em At The Regent

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28 JUL

Theatre review: Joe Pasquale is the perfect Frank Spencer in Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em At The Regent

By timesecholife on in All News, What's On

Those of us of a certain age will remember fondly the manic stunts of Michael Crawford as Frank Spencer in the TV show Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, alongside Michelle Dotrice as his long suffering wife Betty. “Oohh Betty” became the catchphrase all the impressionists of the day used when portraying the accident prone Spencer, though bizarrely the phrase was only ever used once throughout the series which ran from 1973 to 1978.

Those of us of a certain age will remember fondly the manic stunts of Michael Crawford as Frank Spencer in the TV show Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, alongside Michelle Dotrice as his long suffering wife Betty.

Oohh Betty” became the catchphrase all the impressionists of the day used when portraying the accident prone Spencer, though bizarrely the phrase was only ever used once throughout the series which ran from 1973 to 1978.

Writer and director Guy Unsworth now re-introduces the characters originally created by Raymond Allen, to a whole new younger audience, who certainly revelled in Joe Pasquale’s brilliantly funny recreation of Spencer in Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, which opened at the Regent in Hanley on Tuesday, July 26, and runs until Saturday, July 30.

Joe’s wonderfully manic performance includes a hair raising stunt on the stairs which brings the house down.

Sarah Earnshaw’s delightful performance as the ever understanding supportive wife Betty, resonates with echoes of Michelle Dotrice’s delivery of the role.

Susie Blake who plays Betty’s dippy mother Mrs Fisher does so in great style, as would be expected from the seasoned actress who has appeared in so many iconic shows including Coronation Street, Not Going Out and Mrs Brown’s Boys.

Very much a farce of the old school, all the expected confusion abounds when Frank is the only person on stage who does not know that Betty is pregnant.

Out of work Frank is hoping to borrow money from the bank to finance his aspirations to become a magician. Moray Treadwell gives a superbly comic performance as Mr Worthington the bank manager, doubling with TV producer Mr Luscombe who has come to audition Frank for a part in new reality show – Stars of Tomorrow.

Ben Watson completes the cast with another neat double role as Desmond the TV camera man and the police constable.

Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em is guaranteed to have you in fits of laughter as an antidote to all the current woes of the world. Telephone the box office on 0844 871 7615.

Theatre review by Rick Lane

Pictured are Sarah Earnshaw as Betty and Joe Pasquale as Frank Spencer in Some Mothers Do ‘Av ‘Em. Photo by Scott Rylander.

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