Potted Potter has played to sold out houses in Toronto, London, Edinburgh, Australia and New Zealand, and will now make its US debut, beginning Saturday May 19th at the Little Shubert Theatre (422 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues). Opening Night is set for Sunday June 3rd. This limited engagement continues through August 12th only.
Written and performed by two-time Olivier Award-nominated actors Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, the playtakes on the ultimate challenge of condensing, or “potting”, all seven Harry Potter books into 70 madcap minutes, aided only by multiple costume changes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic. The show also invites audiences to engage with a real life game of Quidditch, but according to Clarkson and Turner’s unique set of rules.
Whether you camped outside a bookstore for three days awaiting the release of the Deathly Hallows or you don’t know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, the comedy, magic and mayhem of Potted Potter makes for an entertaining and hilarious visit to the theatre. The fast-paced show, which has made audiences aged six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed) roar with laughter all over the world, is suitable for the whole family, including grown-ups, Muggles and Squibs.
The London critics raved:
“A fabulously funny parody. Will tickle the funny bone of every age group” – Daily Telegraph
“Blissfully funny, a winner in every way. A little bit of magic… This show is a crowd-pleaser.” – The Guardian
“An absolute gift of a show… Funny and gloriously unpredictable.” – The Stage
“Cleverly appeals to both ardent fans and parents” – London Times
“Utterly delightful” – Sunday Express
“So affectionate that even the purest of Potter fans would find it hard to object. My Potter experts loved it” – Financial Times
“Critic’s Choice” – Time Out
And Toronto critics agreed:
“The single funniest thing I’ve seen in ages. You’re gonna love this show” – Toronto Star
“You could do no better than to see Potted Potter” – Globe & Mail
“We are delighted to introduce this brilliant, hilarious show to American audiences,” said Corey Ross, president of Starvox Entertainment. “Potted Potter is a wonderfully entertaining time for both fans and neophytes of the Harry Potter phenomenon alike.”
Clarkson and Turner have earned widespread acclaim and a fan base that crosses generations. It played five sold-out Fringe seasons in Edinburgh, five sold-out London runs and extensive U.K. and international tours. This is the first time Potted Potter has been performed in United States. The show has received rave reviews from The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Sunday Express, Daily Mail, Evening Standard and the Financial Times, as well as being a Time Out Critic’s Choice.
Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner first performed Potted Potter in 2005 at a London bookshop, as a five-minute entertainment for fans awaiting the release of the sixth book in the series. The show grew from there into a full-length stage production, first seen at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2006, which has since toured internationally. The pair were popular hosts on Children’s BBC during 2008 and 2009, during which time they also premiered their second stage show Potted Pirates. The 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe saw the premiere of the duo’s latest show Potted Panto, which played London’s West End over Christmas 2010 and 2011, as well as touring the UK. Potted Panto was nominated for a Best Entertainment Olivier Award in 2011, and Potted Potter matched this in 2012.
Potted Productions was established in 2006 to produce all of Clarkson and Turner's live stage shows, and it has brought Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff, Potted Pirates and Potted Panto to stages around the world since then. London-based producer and founder James Seabright is the author of So You Want To Be A Theatre Producer?, a book on producing, which was recently published in North America.
Starvox Entertainment, founded by Corey Ross, produces, manages, represents and promotes crossover performing arts shows that tour the world. Starvox has toured shows across Canada and the United States, as well as México, China, the Middle East and Europe. Highlights of Starvox’s international projects include presentations for the Shanghai International Arts Festival (China), the Tamaulipas International Festival (México), the launch event for the 50th Anniversary of the Casino du Beirut in Lebanon, a production at France’s opulent theatre Le Casino du Paris, and most recently, Hope Rising!, a concert benefitting the Stephen Lewis Foundation, featuring Alicia Keys, Rufus Wainwright, K’naan, Harry Belafonte, and the Toronto run of the acclaimed Alberta Ballet production of Love Lies Bleeding, a modern ballet based on the life and music of Sir Elton John.
Tickets, from $39.75 (including $1.50 facility fee) will be available online at Telecharge.com or by calling 212/239-6200, beginning Monday April 9th. American Express Exclusive Pre-Sale begins Wednesday April 4th. Little Shubert Theater Box Office will open Monday May 7th for in-person purchases.
Performances will be Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday at 2pm & 7pm, Thursday at 7pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm*, 5pm, & 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm & 5pm. (*Alternate cast members appear at certain performances, including Saturday matinees at 2pm).
Visit Potted Potter on the web www.PottedPotter.com, on Facebook (Potted Potter NYC), or follow on Twitter (@PottedPotter).
The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff
Written & Performed by Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner
Additional Material by Richard Hurst
Directed by Richard Hurst
Set Design by Simon Scullion
Lighting Design by Tim Mascall
Original Music Composed by Phil Innes
Hanna Berrigan, Associate Director
Gilda Frost, Production Stage Manager
David Ahmad and Richard Atwill appear at certain performances
Performances Begin May 19th at Little Shubert Theater (422 West 42nd Street)
Opening Night Sunday June 3rd
Box Office Opens May 7th