By Amanda Ward
Theatre Reviewer for What’s On Hub
Wow! What a great evening of entertainment I have just witnessed at Hull New Theatre. I was so lucky to be in the audience for the opening night of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em.
Based on that hit series of the 70’s, which starred Michael Crawford and Michelle Dotrice, Hull witnessed their successors in Joe Pasquale and Sarah Earnshaw. The pair were superb as Frank and Betty Spencer and it was lovely to watch such entertainment in an age of crass, over exposed reality shows.
Joe Pasquale was the best choice to play this character I can’t imagine anyone else taking over from Crawford. He had the same comic timing and characteristics of the hapless Frank Spencer and added some of his own too. This guy’s comic timing and delivery are second to none. How he can recite his lines so quickly, cleanly and precisely I just don’t know. Several times he earned applause from the audience who were captivated from the start and in hysterics at his antics. Just as Crawford did his own stunts, so too does Pasquale. How he didn’t injure himself on several occasions is a mystery.
Sarah Earnshaw as Betty was wonderful. She too captured the characteristics from the 70’s portrayal by Michelle Dotrice, it was like watching her all over again, and I mean that as a compliment. She was fabulous. The chemistry between her and Pasquale was brilliant.
Betty’s mother was superbly played by Susie Blake (Coronation St). Her comedy timing was brilliant as were her stunts. She is a great comedy actress and the casting director has done a fabulous job with this production.
The play was based on the episode when Betty wants to tell Frank that she is expecting a baby. Of course, wires get crossed and poor Betty can’t get a word in to tell Frank her exciting news. He is too excited by the BBC coming to audition him at home for a show and of course, in true 70’s comedy, everything goes wrong. The furniture falls to pieces and Frank keeps adding jobs onto his ‘list’ of things to try and repair. As you would expect with this show, Frank was the last to find out about Betty’s pregnancy. It was touching to see his reaction to the news and I couldn’t help but remember the show when Frank makes the baby’s cot and the disaster that turns out to be.
The entire cast for this show worked really well together. How they kept straight faces I will never know. They had the audience eating out of their hands with non stop comedy and stunts. Their timing was immaculate and slick. It was a very appreciative audience of mixed ages. Family viewing as it was on tv. There are always the adult jokes which go over the children’s heads and I don’t see why children wouldn’t enjoy a visit to see this show.
I had a blast. At times I was crying with laughter as were most of the audience. It was a great visit back to the 70’s when comedy didn’t insult anyone and a great time was had by all.
I would highly recommend that you book and go and see this show. It’s a great, fun, light comedy with an superb cast.
The show runs from Tuesday to Saturday with tickets from £18. A great night’s entertainment which should not be missed.
Our score: ★★★★★