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Theatre Square, Nottingham, NG1 5ND
0115 989 5555
31-Aug-14 to 31-Aug-16
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The Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall are right in the heart of Nottingham City Centre and are both top Midlands entertainment venues. The Theatre Royal hosts a variety of touring shows, including West End Musicals, plays and national touring dance companies. Whilst the Royal Concert Hall plays host to a fantastic selection of orchestras, comedians and pop concerts.
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The Theatre Royal invited us to review ‘Scooby-Doo', showing in Nottingham from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st August 2014. The story sees Scooby, Shaggy and their friends, arrive in Egypt to solve ‘The Mystery of the Pyramid', which they set about with characteristic gusto.
On my arrival there was a buzz of excitement as families poured into the theatre. As I took my seat next to a little girl and her mother, an air of noisy expectation pervaded; this was encouraged by upbeat music pouring from the loud speakers. This was to be a noisy, but very enjoyable, ‘mystery' show.
The set, light and sound are all used to maximum effect in this production. There are a few scary moments when the lights go out, or are dimmed, such as the initial viewing of two dancing mummies, but these are momentary and add to the general excitement. The costumes are bright and true to the style of the television characters. The acting is excellent and includes lots of singing and dancing.
This is a production that requires lots of audience participation: The characters come into the stalls on several occasions, offering high fives, and encourage clapping, dancing, booing and the inevitable ‘he's behind you!' throughout. The children in the audience were engaged by the story and keen to dance, boo and wave to the characters on stage. This was a show equally appreciated by the adults in the family, with some good jokes and skilful dance moves by the actors, not to mention a particularly impressive speech from Shaggy, spoken at great speed.
Before the performance and during the interval, Scooby-Doo activity books and glowing, spinning windmills, were for sale; these proved popular with children. The production is 90 minutes long, including a 20 minute interval, which allowed plenty of time to eat ice creams, go to the toilet, and chat about the performance so far.
Overall, a lively and engaging production brimming with energy and fun.
CW for Mumsnet Nottingham.