REVIEW: Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham is an unashamed romp through 1970s culture and humour.

From the opening bars of that classic TV theme tune we were transported to a happier time watching Michael Crawford as the hapless Frank Spencer in his toe curling life.

The set at the Everyman is nothing short of brilliant, packed with Frank’s useless DIY projects and just made for laughs.

From his magic record player which starts whenever someone stamps to the front door doorbell which never stops when pressed to the collapsing stair banisters, the laughs come thick and strong throughout this brilliant production.

The highlight of the show of course is Joe Pasquale who manages to reinvent the character of Frank Spencer and give him a fresh but familiar feeling of pathos.

He is a true master of the physical comedy which the role demands and pulls it off with aplomb.

In the show 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.

Susie Blake (Coronation Street, The Victoria Wood Show, Blithe Spirit) stars brilliantly as his disapproving Mother-in-Law and Sarah Earnshaw as his long-suffering wife Betty.

Based on the 1970s classic TV comedy by Ray Allen and directed by the award-winning Guy Unsworth, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em is the ultimate feel-good night out, washed down with lashings of nostalgia and Mother’s prune wine.

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