Potted Potter

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Previewed 17 December 2007, Opened 18 December 2007, Closed 5 January 2008 at the Trafalgar Studios 2
Returned 1 December 2008, Closed 3 January 2009 at the Trafalgar Studios 2
Returned 8 December 2009, Closed 2 January 2010 at the Trafalgar Studios 2
Returned 18 August 2011, Closed 2 September 2011 at the Garrick Theatre
Returned 23 March 2013, Closed 14 April 2013 at the Garrick Theatre

Potted Potter: The Unauthorised Harry Potter Experience - A Parody - All the Potter books in sixty minutes? Dan and Jeff, as seen on Blue Peter, take on the ultimate challenge, with the help of endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a little magic. This fantastically funny show features all your favourite characters, a special appearance from a very frightening fire-breathing dragon, and even a game of Quidditch involving the audience! A must see for Potter addicts and a great introduction to the series for anyone who's ever wondered what the fuss is about. Daytime performances.

Potted Potter in London is written and performed by Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, it is directed by Richard Hurst and designed by Simon Scullion. Age guidance 6 plus.

"The Harry Potter books are not noted for their brevity. Indeed, to anyone who has sat through the film adaptations, the idea of a show that promises the entire J.K. Rowling oeuvre in one hour might have some appeal. And Jeff Turner and Dan Clarkson not only promise to stage all seven books in 60 minutes, but also to do so between the two of them... You will gather that this is a parody - not so much potted as potty. The flavour is similar to a Morecambe and Wise drama, with Turner, like Wise, valiantly attempting to work his way through the Potter plots and Clarkson, like Morecambe, bouncing about like an over-excited puppy... The two work well together and establish an easy rapport with the audience, so that when they suggest a game of Quidditch, with half of the spectators as Gryffindor and the other half as Slytherin, they get an enthusiastic response. The gag here, as with so much of the show, lies in the huge gap between Rowling's fantastical concept and the duo's threadbare execution. There's mischief here - "I do hope you're not suggesting that J.K. Rowling writes to a predictable formula!" cries Turner at one point - but the whole show is so affectionate that even the purest of Potter fans would find it hard to object." The Financial Times

"If, like me, you gave up reading Harry Potter books after J. K. Rowling became too godlike for anyone to dare to edit her - more than 100 pages just to describe a bloomin' quidditch tournament in book four! - you may welcome this ingenious endeavour from the double act Dan and Jeff. Potted Potter crams all seven increasingly weighty volumes of Harry's adventures into a spoofy 75 minutes. But, unlike similar compressed capers such as the Reduced Shakespeare Company or One Man Star Wars, the performances are not so much virtuosic as deliberately shambolic. So the fresh-faced Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, who have taken this show to the Edinburgh Fringe and on tour, use the dynamics of a double-act to celebrate and mock Rowling's saga... For those young enough not to worry about being seen reading a Potter book on the Tube, it's fun. Grown-up Potter fans may wonder why silly Dan can suddenly deconstruct the plot of The Prisoner of Azkaban in a Powerpoint presentation, or why sensible Jeff, tired of playing sensible Harry, forgets that Dumbledore is about to die as he pleads to play him in book six. The closing number, I Will Survive with new lyrics summarising book seven, shows what's right and wrong with Potted Potter. It's showbizzy, ingenious, affectionate but irreverent. It's also genuinely a bit sloppy rather than just self-mockingly a bit sloppy. Which makes for an affable show rather than a magical one." The Times

"Potted Potter does to the Harry Potter books what some of those university wiseguy type troupes sometimes do with Shakespeare's complete works. It boils a huge amount of fiction down to about 80 minutes of comic craziness, poking fun while doing a creditable job of compression. You come away being reminded of the basic thread of the stories, yet also laughing at them... I was happily surprised at how much the many under-tens in the audience laughed and squirmed with pleasure while the plots of seven such cherished books were affectionately mocked with slapstick, wordplay and some naff props... Potted Potter has a flavour of university drama comedy, but it falls just the right side of sarcasm and it will give sophisticated children an imaginative workout." The Daily Mail

"The show turns out to be a bit of a blast. The two performers are a classic double act, with Jefferson Turner playing the Ernie Wise role of the perennially hopeful yet permanently aggrieved straight man, while Daniel Clarkson adopts the Eric Morecambe persona of the dotty surrealist who knows exactly how to wind his partner up... What's remarkable about Potted Potter is that it genuinely seems to appeal to audiences of all ages... The pair whip up an atmosphere of crazy delirium with glove-puppet monsters, enjoyably awful jokes, quick changes, silly accents and frenzied slapstick. And the audience participation proves riotous, especially in a game of Quidditch... For those looking for an alternative to pantomime that will tickle the funny bone of every age group, this bonkers and blessedly brief show is just the ticket." The Daily Telegraph

Potted Potter in London at the Trafalgar Studios 2 previewed 17 December 2007, opened 18 December 2007, closed 5 January 2008, returned 1 December 2008, closed 3 January 2009, returned 8 December 2009, closed 2 January 2010. Garrick Theatre from 18 August to 2 September 2011, returned 23 March to 14 April 2013.