A big contrast in Westgate Road

Published: 11 November 2021
Reporter: Peter Lathan

The Cinder Path
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

Two very contrasting productions are coming to the Tyne Theatre and Opera House next year: a musical version of a hugely popular North East novel and a new version of a classic '70s TV sitcom.

On 12 February 2022, the theatre will play host to The Cinder Path, a new musical version of Catherine Cookson’s novel, adapted for the stage by Paul Dunn with music by Mike Redway. The production, which is set against the backdrop of World War I, is produced and directed by Leah Bell, It stars Coronation Street’s Nick Cochrane and features Leah Bell as The Geordie Fishwife.

The production was originally due to play at the Westgate Road theatre in February and then in June this year but on both dates COVID regulations forced its cancellation.

In complete contrast, from 17 to 21 May, the theatre will host a new stage version of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, starring Joe Pasquale as Frank Spencer, Sarah Earnshaw as Betty and Susie Blake as Betty’s mother.

The show, written and directed by Guy Unsworth and based on Ray Allen’s 1973–1978 BBC sitcom, was originally scheduled for May this year.

Both shows are booking now by phone, in person at the box office or online: The Cinder Path and Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em.