A few weeks ago, I took small son to what I thought was a birthday party. When we saw a succession of princesses and Batmans heading in, I realised it was fancy dress. I’m not sure how I missed it, but was delighted by this exchange I heard as we went in.
“What’s your costume?”
Without missing a beat. “I’m Frank Spencer!”
So how I could I not take him to see the live show starring Joe Pasquale? A national tour takes in the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon from the 21st to 24th February and we are so excited that we’ve put our top Frank moments here (as you know, Michael Crawford did all of his own stunts!)
- Betty’s awful mother is in the kitchen bemoaning Frank and his mother while he listens from the top of the stairs. The hoover attacks him and he doesn’t just fall down the stairs but wipes them out completely, while wrapping himself in carpet and stair-rods.
2. Frank and Betty’s second honeymoon gets off to a bad start when Frank nearly misses the train but gets worse when Frank trashes the room leaving them no option but to escape through a hole in the floor.
3. Frank taking driving lessons. Say no more….
4. When Frank gets his foot stuck in a rope and gets propelled upside down to the top of a building
5. Even after several hundred viewings I still can’t cope with the tension when Frank is dangling off the exhaust pipe of a car over a cliff.
6. As preparation for the school nativity last Christmas, small son and I watched the episode of Frank as the Angel Gabriel. I think he was a bit disappointed that he didn’t shoot through the roof at the end.
7. It goes on for ages, but the whole Demon King scene, complete with the crashing through the window bit straight into the arms of the police is a masterclass in 70s comedy. We just love the way he bikes into and out of the sea and the way he flies into the room and ends up with a giant map on his head. Whenever small son drops something he says: “Mr Hunt, I’ve wet my waterproofs”
8. Last but not least, no list would be complete without the roller skating scene:
Wonder if any of these will be in the show – we’ll let you know how we get on, assuming we don’t accidentally cause an explosion in the theatre.