Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

Full-Length Play, Comedy  /  2w, 4m

Guy Unsworth, Raymond Allen

by Guy Unsworth
based on the TV Series by Raymond Allen

Set in the 1970s era of the hit BBC TV show, hilarious mishaps and DIY disasters unravel in this brilliant ensemble farce.

Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2w, 4m
  • SubGenre
    Farce, Adaptations (Stage & Screen)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences



Betty is pregnant but, as she attempts to tell Frank, he is preoccupied by possible newfound fame as a magician. With guests arriving for dinner and crossed wires all round, priceless misunderstandings are on the menu. Hilarious mishaps and DIY disasters bring the house down, quite literally in this ensemble farce.

Read our interview with Raymond Allen about how his hit TV sitcom was adapted for the stage, and our interview with Guy Unsworth about this adaptation.

Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em was first performed at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon on 21 February 2018 ahead of a UK Tour.
Cast Attributes

BETTY SPENCER — Frank's Wife (25-40)
FATHER O'HARA — An Irish Catholic Priest (55-75)
BARBARA FISHER — Betty's Mother (50-65)
DAVID WORTHINGTON — A Scottish Bank Manager (50-65)
TERRY LUSCOMBE — BBC Entertainment Chief (50-65)
LESLIE ROBIN — A Camera Operator (25-45)
CONSTABLE — A London Policeman (25-45)

2 women, 4 men or 3 women, 3 men


“Hilarious ensemble farce” — The Stage

“A sparkling, frothy farce, hugely enjoyable as laugh-out-loud entertainment. Unsworth’s pacey script is packed full of cracking jokes and wordplay. Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em can be enjoyed across the generations - this is a farce with a heart, and Unsworth’s revival is a welcome comeback for Frank Spencer” — WhatsOnStage

“This adaptation of the 1970s sitcom, Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em, achieves something remarkable. It stays true to the original while delivering a fresh farce that’s entirely of its own. Guy Unsworth nods to the ‘plots’ of Raymond Allen’s sitcom but mixes these up for the play’s own, well constructed, ends, in this hilarious ensemble farce” — The Stage

“Silly, endearing and you will laugh out loud” — The Express

“As for real, sustained belly laughs, this sweet show most definitely does ’ave’em” — Mail on Sunday


Guy Unsworth's Take on Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
Matt Law
November 8, 2022

Raymond Allen on Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
Cathy Thomas
February 20, 2019

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Guy Unsworth

Guy is a freelance theatre director and writer based in London, working in the UK and internationally. After studying Industrial Economics at the University of Nottingham, Guy won the Directors Guild of Great Britain award for 'Best New Director’. Following postgraduate trai ...
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