Gary Trainor and Daniel Clarkson in Potted Panto at the Garrick Theatre

‘A frenetic & highly entertaining performance’: POTTED PANTO – West End

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Garrick Theatre, London – until 9 January 2022
Guest reviewer: Zahid Fayyaz

Panto, as most British traditions, is a deeply weird thing but entertains many families over the Christmas period. Bad jokes, overblown costumes, and instinctive call and response catchphrases are all a constant and comforting part of the tradition. In this instance, the talented ‘Potted’ production franchise are doing their annual Christmas tradition of a performance of all seven panto staples in 70 minutes.

Their experience of performing multiple ‘potted’ adaptations of the Harry Potter books mean the company has the experience and comic timing to do justice to all the different pantos out there.

From the running joke of whether A Christmas Carol is a panto, to a 3D experience, to the question of whether panto villains actually deserve their gruesome ends, and through various costume changes, it is a frenetic and highly entertaining performance.

Ostensibly a two-man show (with maybe a guest star here and there), their shifts stick to their allotted, potted time of 70 minutes. There’s certainly enough adult and meta jokes to entertain the adults, as well as silly puns and slapstick for the children in the audience.

This is certainly an extremely fun and worthwhile show to watch in the West End. After this year we all have had, it will put a smile on you and your family’s face. Highly recommended.

 

‘A frenetic & highly entertaining performance’: @PottedPanto will put a smile on your family’s faces, says Zahid Fayyaz reviewing for @PlaysTheThingUK. At @NimaxTheatres’ Garrick Theatre til 9 Jan. #theatrereviews #pantomimes

 

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Laura is a US immigrant who has lived in the UK since 2004. Originally trained as an actor with a specialism in Shakespeare, she enjoyed many pre-recession years working as a performer, director and fringe theatre producer. When the going got too tough, she took a break to work in education as a support worker, then a secondary school drama teacher. To keep up with the theatrical world, she started reviewing for Everything Theatre and Remotegoat in 2013. In 2015, Laura started teaching part time in order to get back into theatre. She is now a freelance fringe theatre producer and runs her independent blog, theplaysthethinguk.com.
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Laura Kressly
Laura is a US immigrant who has lived in the UK since 2004. Originally trained as an actor with a specialism in Shakespeare, she enjoyed many pre-recession years working as a performer, director and fringe theatre producer. When the going got too tough, she took a break to work in education as a support worker, then a secondary school drama teacher. To keep up with the theatrical world, she started reviewing for Everything Theatre and Remotegoat in 2013. In 2015, Laura started teaching part time in order to get back into theatre. She is now a freelance fringe theatre producer and runs her independent blog, theplaysthethinguk.com.

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