The Potted Potter thrills with all 7 Harry Potter books in 70 minutes!
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 @ 7:30 PM
Thursday, January 22, 2015 @ 7:30 PM
Friday, January 23, 2015 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, January 24, 2015 @ 3:00 PM
Saturday, January 24, 2015 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 25, 2015 @ 3:00 PM
Tickets: $48 general; $38 children 12 and under
4242 Campus Drive, Irvine CA
www.thebarclay.org | 949.854.4646
The unauthorized Harry Experience
a parody by Dan and Jeff
Playing to sold out houses all over the world, the Olivier Award-nominated Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy fun-filled minutes. Even if you don’t know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, the silly magic of Potted Potter will have you in its spell.
Written and performed by two-time Olivier Award-nominated actors Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, Potted Potter is perfect for ages six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed).
“The duo casts the perfect spell over the audience.” – The New York Times – Critics’ Picks
“A fabulously funny parody. Will tickle the funny bone of every age group.”
–The London Daily Telegraph
“Cleverly appeals to both ardent fans and parents.” – The London Times
“Even the purest of Potter fans would find it hard to object. My Potter experts loved it.”
– London Financial Times
“The single funniest thing I’ve seen in ages. You’re gonna love this show.” – Toronto Star
“The flavor is Monty Python meets vaudeville, ragged and thrown together in a spirit similar to fan-created homages like Potter Puppet Pals and “A Very Potter Musical.” You don’t need to know all the plot twists and nuances of Hogwarts to enjoy the in-jokes, though clearly most of the delighted crowd does.” – The New York Times
A POTTED HISTORY OF POTTED POTTER
2005: Dan and Jeff are commissioned to create a five-minute street show recapping the plot of the first five Potter books, for performance to queues of fans waiting for the midnight release of the sixth book.
2006: Potted Potter is born as the street show expands into an hour-long performance in which the first six books are parodied. The show premieres on August 4 at Edinburgh’s Zoo Southside venue. Forging a partnership with producer James Seabright and director Dominic Knutton, Dan and Jeff premiere a new version of the show at Pleasance Islington in October.
2007: Under the guidance of director Richard Hurst, the show tours the U.K., including Pleasance Edinburgh, where the seventh book is incorporated just a few days after its release. The tour finishes with a Christmas run at Trafalgar Studios in London.
2008: More U.K. touring, again playing Edinburgh Fringe and London. Dan and Jeff also launch their second show, Potted Pirates.
2009: Owing to their commitments as Children’s BBC presenters, Dan and Jeff hand over the show to a new cast, David Ahmad and John Helier, who take it on tour to Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Comedy Festival, and New Zealand Comedy Festival. Dan and Jeff wrestle the show back from them for a third and final Christmas run at Trafalgar Studios.
2010: The show takes a well-earned rest while Dan and Jeff create their new show, Potted Panto, premiering at the Edinburgh Fringe and transferring to the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre for Christmas, where it is nominated as Best Entertainment at the 2011 Olivier Awards.
2011: Potted Potter returns for another tour, starting at Bury St. Edmunds Theatre Royal and continuing at Pleasance Grand and London’s Garrick Theatre.
2012: Potted Potter is nominated for the Best Entertainment and Family Olivier Award in the U.K. At the onset of its world tour, Potted Potter makes its North American premiere in Toronto at David Mirvish’s Panasonic Theatre, presented by Starvox Entertainment and Potted Productions. Following Toronto, Potted Potter opens off-Broadway at New York City’s Little Shubert Theatre, followed by eight weeks at Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse. In addition to its North America dates, the show tours throughout Australasia and South Africa.
2013: Potted Potter triumphantly returned to London’s West End after successfully touring throughout North America. It completed a successful return engagement at New York’s Little Shubert Theatre. From September until the end of the year, the show continues its U.S. tour.
2014: Following its Mexican premiere, the show plays its first tour of Ireland, prior to dates on board cruise ships and across Australasia later in the year.
Daniel Clarkson (Writer & Performer) graduated from Bretton Hall in 2000 with a spring in his step and a smile on his face. Thirteen years on, the steps are a little less springy, but the smile still remains! He is probably best known for being one half of the double act Dan and Jeff, creators of Potted Pirates, the Olivier-nominated Potted Panto and Potted Potter, which received its own Olivier nomination in 2012. Daniel had a fantastic time throughout 2009–10 presenting in the CBBC Office for the BBC with Jeff, receiving his first-ever fan mail! Other TV credits include Where the Heart Is (ITV), Coronation Street (ITV), Emmerdale (ITV) and Big Brother’s Little Brother (C4). Film credits include The Usual Children and The Guilty Hunter. Theater credits include Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Little Shop of Horrors and Art.
Jefferson Turner (Writer & Performer). For the past nine years, Jeff has been messing about with Dan, both on stage and screen. He has appeared on TV with the tall one on such shows as Blue Peter (BBC), Richard & Judy (Channel 4), The Slammer (BBC) and Big Brother’s Little Brother (Channel 4), among others, as well as residing in the CBBC Office for all of 2009 and a little of 2010. On stage, he has co-written and starred in Potted Potter, Potted Pirate, and Potted Panto with Dan. This has led to U.K. tours, critical acclaim, Olivier nominations for Potted Potter and Potted Panto and sell-out West End runs. Jeff thinks he did other work before he met Dan, but Dan says anything Jeff did without him doesn’t matter anymore.