Thursday, 10 December 2020

REVIEW: Potted Panto at the Garrick Theatre

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! 

Sadly, following the extremely challenging year the world continues to endure, I think a vast handful of people are shouting “OH NO IT ISN’T!”. 

Well, that certainly is not the case at the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End, whom, despite all the odds and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, have managed to reopen their doors to spread some festive cheer through the magic that is live theatre, just in time for Christmas!

The Garrick Theatre are one of the few venues in London that have managed to reopen as part of the NIMAX Theatre Group. They are currently showcasing three productions within their December and New Year schedule: Death Drop, Showstoppers: An Improvised Musical, and Potted Panto. 

“Potted Panto”, a one act pantomime that puts a unique spin on seven classic tales within seventy minutes. The show is headed by double Olivier nominees Dan and Jeff, who are fresh off their world tour and Las Vegas residency of Harry Potter parody “Potted Potter”. This year marks their tenth anniversary festive season of “Potted Panto”, and within the first five minutes alone, it was clear to see why this dynamic duo have returned year after year to packed audiences in London’s West End. 

The key words I would use to describe this production are “control and ease”. As an audience member you instantly feel welcomed, included, and at complete ease watching both Dan and Jeff. They are seasoned professionals, with constantly fresh energy, delivery, and ideas. The magic formula they have simply works, and is both engaging, and entertaining for all ages and demographics. The plot was packed with all the traditions and gags that you expect to see in a traditional pantomime, while also delivering well written, and extremely current subliminal adult comedy about our government, and the ongoing pandemic. 

Given the current circumstances, and distinct lack of theatre throughout the UK, this production is certainly an overdue breath of fresh air. Simply being back in a theatre is magical enough, but then to be entertained by a well-rounded, comedic festive treat was a pure joy. 

Potted Panto is fun for all the family and is bound to include a joke that will make everyone laugh at one point or another. It’s interactive, educational, and has a unique algorithm that sets itself apart from the rest of the pantomimes within the UK. 

If you’re looking for a festive family outing this year, and to escape the troubles of reality, snap up a ticket and get “potted” now! 

Running at the Garrick Theatre from Saturday 5 December, 2020 - Sunday 10 January, 2021.

Capacity has been reduced to comply with COVID-19 Secure guidelines for social distancing plus robust risk mitigation. In addition to hand sanitation, face coverings and track and trace, other measures will include contactless tickets, temperature testing and the deep clean and sanitation of the theatre.

Review by Adam Tipping

Rating: ★★★★

Seat: Stalls, N18 | Price of Ticket: Tickets: from £20.00, Family ticket £70.00 for 4
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