I laughed my head off watching Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, which I caught at Bromley’s Churchill Theatre at the start of its new 2020 tour. And afterwards, I got onto the wonderfully kitsch 1970s set myself to interview stars Joe Pasquale and Sarah Earnshaw, who play Frank Spencer and his ever-patient wife Betty, and writer-director Guy Unsworth.
What was the inspiration for adapting this classic 1970s British sitcom? How did the show find its perfect Frank? How much of Raymond Allen‘s original TV scripts are used in the stage version? Why are Frank and Betty one of the UK’s great love stories? Is the show as fun to perform as it is to watch? How accident-prone is Joe really? Why is touring like a six-month holiday? What are the show’s most rib-tickling Frank-like malapropisms?
In this re-imagined stage episode of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, Betty has exciting news for Frank, but he’s preoccupied by possible newfound fame as a magician. With guests arriving for dinner and crossed wires all round, priceless misunderstandings are on the menu and hilarious mishaps and DIY disasters are bringing the house down, quite literally.
After its successful 2018 premiere, Guy Unsworth‘s acclaimed production of this riotous comedy returns for another extensive UK-wide tour, with Joe Pasquale and Sarah Earnshaw reprising their performances – which they couldn’t wait to do, as they told me in this interview.
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