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Seven classic pantomimes for the price of one - that's Potted Panto in London this Christmas! The great British festive tradition of panto returns to the West End in this whistle-stop tour for all the family starring CBBC presenters Dan and Jeff.
In a madcap ride through the biggest stories and best-loved characters from panto, our dastardly double act dash from rubbing Aladdin's lamp to roaming the golden streets of Dick Whittington's London. Searching for Cinderella's lost slipper, they try to wake Sleeping Beauty before the giant climbs down Jack's beanstalk to squash Snow White's seven dwarves. It's all unmissable fun, whether you're six or 106.
Potted Panto in London is written by Daniel Clarkson, Jefferson Turner and Richard Hurst, it is directed by Richard Hurst with designs by Simon Scullion and Helen Stewart. It was originally seen in London last year at the Vaudeville Theare where it run from 10 December 2010 to 9 January 2011.
Potted Panto comes after the hugh success that Dan and Jeff have had with their smash hit Potted Potter which has enjoyed three Christmas seasons in London's West End at the Trafalgar Studios in 2007, 2008 and 2009, and a summer season at Garrick Theatre in August 2010 - Potted Panto promises to be Dan and Jeff's most extravagant production yet - now in amazing 3D!
"Potted Panto seems pretty trite, with two amiable actors - bossy Jeff Turner and madcap Dan Clarkson - whizzing through seven pantos in 80 minutes in a show full of enjoyably terrible jokes, manic costume changes, buckets of poo and a spirit of anarchic goodwill. It often set the children on a roar, but it does little to stretch their imagination." The Daily Telegraph
"As an introduction to pantomimes for tinies, this cheap and relentlessly cheery concoction is jolly enough. It whips through Jack And The Beanstalk, Dick Whittington, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White and Aladdin, pulling on a hat here and a frock there, and listing the essential elements of panto: rubbish cross-dressing, obligatory audience contrariness ('oh yes they do'), custard pies, contemporary political satire (Dick, the Mayor of London, wears a Boris Johnson wig), a (not remotely) enchanting fairy, the rules of 'he's behind you', toffeethrowing, wee-wee jokes, buckets of horse poo and, finally, a cheesy singalong." The Mail on Sunday
Potted Panto in London at the Vaudeville Theatre from 18 December 2011 to 8 January 2012.