The critics raved:
CRITIC’S PICK: “Gloriously goofy. The flavor is Monty Python meets vaudeville. Clearly Mr. Clarkson and Mr. Turner attended Professor Flitwick’s charms class, because the duo casts the perfect spell over the audience!” - The New York Times
“A comic — and affectionate — riff on J. K. Rowling’s sprawling creation. Potted Potter is a zany hoot!” - New York Post
MUST LIST: “Pint size muggles are unlikely to resist the spell cast by Potted Potter.” - Entertainment Weekly
“A seventy-minute thrill ride through all seven novels in the ‘Harry Potter’ series” - The New Yorker
Written and performed by 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.
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 in London in 2011.
Daniel Clarkson first met Jefferson Turner while Turner was busking in Covent Garden, and since then, the two have been inseparable. Beginning in December 2008, the pair hosted Children’s BBC on BBC1 throughout 2009. Their first show, Potted Potter toured nationally throughout 2007 and 2008 and enjoyed four sold-out London runs and four sold-out Edinburgh Festival Fringe seasons (2006 to 2009). The 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe saw the premiere of the duo’s latest show Potted Panto, which played London’s West End over Christmas & New Year’s 2010-2011 before touring nationally and will return to London this Christmas. Potted Panto was recently nominated for a Best Entertainment Olivier Award.
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.
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 Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2pm).
Special added performances on Monday July 2nd at 2pm & 7pm; there will be no performances on Wednesday July 4th.
Visit Potted Potter on the web www.pottedpotter.com or on Facebook (PottedPotterNYC) or follow on Twitter: @PottedPotter.