Review: Scooby Doo succeeds in ambitious transition to stage at New Wimbledon Theatre

Scooby Dooby Doo!

Scooby Dooby Doo!

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If there was one iconic television cartoon from the 1970s and 1980s it had to be Scooby Doo.

There was nothing more exciting than being glued to the telly and watch Scooby, Shaggy and his Mystery Machine friends solve the ghostly goings on at a deserted town or on a rundown amusement park.

And every week the entrepid gang would unmask the ghost, goblin or monster as none other than a crocked local businessman bent on some evil intention. Great stuff.

But what about the theatre production of Scooby Doo - the Mystery of the Pyramid? Would today’s children more used to the high-tech gadgetry of Tree Fu Tom or Star Wars be interested in Scooby and his pals?

Would they be bored or would they find it as exciting as I did as a child? Well, my two, who attended the opening night at the New Wimbledon Theatre, loved it.

This time round the Scooby, Shaggy and the gang find themselves in Egypt and as usual they are confronted by creatures from the spirit world (or so it would seem) – this time being mummies.

There is nothing complicated about the plot and the show definitely appeals to young children.

The songs are catchy which got the kids dancing in the aisles while there was also a nod to panto with a lot of “they’re behind you” gags that always go down well.

There was great audience participation while overall the cartoon has successfully made the transition to stage.

My three year-old-old did find the mummies scary but after he was convinced they were just actors wrapped in tissue he happily joined in with the fun.

As Scooby would say: “Scooby Dooby Doo!”

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