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Doodle - The Musical! - Waterloo East Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

Doodle – The Musical!, a new all-singing all-dancing comedy musical written by American Idol’s Andy Street and actor Jonathan Kydd, and directed by Olivier award nominee Jonathan Moore, runs at Waterloo East Theatre from January 11 to January 28, 2018.

The show is a loving pastiche of World War II action movies, with cameo impersonations including Charles Bronson, David Niven, and Sam Kydd, Jonathan’s father, who was in 240 films between 1945 and 1982 (more than any other English actor) playing members of the armed forces in many.

It is the year 1940. Britain is at war with Nazi Germany. Barnes Wallis, the eventual inventor of the world famous Bouncing Bomb (as featured in the film The Dam Busters) is kidnapped by the Nazis to build them a Bouncing Submarine.

Consequently, a Z team of not-very-good misfits, (like in The Dirty Dozen) including a Mexican cigar salesman, a Sherlock Holmes impersonator and a ventriloquist, is recruited to go on a secret mission to discover whether the threat is real – or just a ridiculous joke.

Once they’re on their way, it’s discovered that the threat is so serious, it has the potential to lose Britain the war. (Cue huge doom laden chord)….

The cast includes Suzanna Kempner, Paul Croft, Reggie Oliver, Luke Farrugia, Evan Boutsov, Sebastain Kainth, Paul Ryan, Paul Storrier, Conor Cook and Michael Sadler.

Andy Street, the writer of the music, has composed for TV programmes in over 100 countries. He won an Emmy for the song Madeleine in 2003, was a mentor and associate Musical Director on American Idol, and was recently the MD on Last Laugh in Vegas, the new variety show to be seen on ITV1 on Saturday nights from March.

Director Jonathan Moore has just been working on Invention of Morel (which he co-wrote). He also directed and co-wrote the opera Greek (Munich Biennale and ENO) for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award. He directed the film version for which he won the Royal Philarmonic Society Award.

Jonathan Kydd, who wrote the book and lyrics, worked with Brian Conley (recently in Strictly Come Dancing) in the 90s writing songs for his shows. He was Tom in the classic childrens series Pipkins. He’s also done much voice-over work, including Toy Story That Time Forgot, Mr Bean, Paddington Bear, Noddy, Assassin’s Creed, Harry Potter and major advertising campaigns like the original Ferrero Rocher Ambassador’s Reception commercial.

Tickets: £18, £12 concessions – available online at

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Sunday matinees at 4pm.

Running Time: 120 mins (not including interval).