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DIRECTED BY RICHARD HURST This production was first performed at Pleasance Theatre, London, on October 20, 2006, produced by James Seabright for Potted Productions and directed by Dominic Knutton.




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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 in the 2011 Olivier Awards. 2011: Potted Potter returns for another tour, starting at Bury St. Edmunds Theatre Royal and including runs 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. to start 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 Theater, followed by eight weeks at Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse. As well as its North America dates, the show tours across Australasia and South Africa 2013: Potted Potter triumphantly returned to London’s West End after successfully touring throughout North America. It recently completed a successful return engagement at New York’s Little Shubert Theatre. From September until the end of the year, the show continues its US tour.

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Who’s Who in the cast DANIEL CLARKSON (Writer & Creator) 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 last spring. 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. Theatre credits include Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Little Shop of Horrors and Art. After an amazing second season off-Broadway, Daniel is thrilled to be back touring the USA again this Autumn. JEFFERSON TURNER (Writer & Creator) For the past eight 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), amongst 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 Pirates, 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. JAMES PERCY (Performer) James was born and raised in Doncaster, England. Following a law degree at the University of Liverpool, he attended Birmingham School of Acting. Since then, James has starred in various productions in the UK and USA, as well as working internationally as a stand-up comedian. In 2010 James became the youngest actor to ever play the role of Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray, a role he reprised in 2011. He has also starred in a variety of productions including title roles in Julius 4

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Caesar and Romeo and Juliet, Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest (Derby), Sleeping Beauty (Tivoli Wimborne), Edward VIII (National Trust), Dick Whittington (UK tour), St. Trinian’s The Musical (Pacific Playhouse), The Memory of Water (Birmingham) and Iago in Othello (Birmingham). James also appearead in the comedy improv show Throw Me a Line and was recently the resident comedian on the world’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas. DELME THOMAS (Performer). Delme is originally from South Wales, and graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in 2011. Theatre credits: national tour of the The Prisoner of Zenda, Price in Fractures (Soho Theatre), Steve Sloane/Dave/Survivor/Twitter in Not Another Musical (Latitude) and Joe in You Once Said Yes (Roundhouse) for Look Left Look Right, Brian in Lost Soul and Mike in Whispering Grass (HighTide), Mitchell in A Day In July and Man/PA/Producer in Olympic Journey (George Wood Theatre). TV/film credits: Gareth Riley in “Holby City” (BBC One), Goran in “The Garden” (BBC3), Sam in “Escape” (Forgotten Generation Productions), “Britain Sings Christmas” (ITV). Workshops: Rhys in Youth for Undeb Theatre, William Hunt/Rossetti in Rossetti: The Musical and Ronnie in Dance Class. RICHARD HURST (Director) Recipient of the RSC’s Buzz Goodbody Director Award and short-listed for The Guardian Award. Directing includes Potted Panto, Potted Pirates, Cabaret Whore Encore!, Girl and Dean, Pegabovine, Moon the Loon, The Edinburgh Love Tour, Silly Billy Bum Breath, Bill Hicks: Slight Return, The Art of Success, Hamlet, Women Beware Women, Phaedra’s Love, Twelfth Night, Ripley Bogle, The Tempest. As a writer: Potted Pirates and Potted Panto (with Dan and Jeff); The Edinburgh Love Tour and Bill Hicks: Slight Return (with Chas Early); Hard Times and Ripley Bogle (adapted). For television as co-writer 12 episodes of “Miranda” (BBC2); as writer three episodes of “Secret Diary of a Call Girl” (ITV2/ Showtime). HANNA BERRIGAN (Associate Director) Directing credits include Public Property (Trafalgar Studios), Slowly (Riverside Studios, The Wrestling School), The Lover (Gale

Who’s Who in the cast cont. Theatre, Barbados), Paradox (RSC), The Real Thing (Osip), God is a DJ (Theatre 503), One Minute (RADA), The Nature of Things (The Place), La Musica Deuxième (Gate), Teenager of the Year (Latitude), The Bald Prima Donna (Etcetera), The Mountaintop (Gale Theatre, Barbados). Hanna worked as Associate Director on The 39 Steps for three years, which involved directing West End casts, the regional tour and new productions in Israel, Italy and Australia. She has worked as an assistant director at the RSC, the National Theatre and the Royal Court and for Howard Barker.

Australia, Asia and the Middle East. Andrew is also the founder and director of LX Desk Ltd, a company set-up to supply control equipment to the lighting industry. Recent work includes The Magic Flute and Street Stories (Linbury Studio Theatre), The Metamorphosis (Joyce Theater - NYC), Fortunio (Grange Park Opera) and Hansel & Gretel (The Royal Ballet). Smashed, Twenty:Twenty and Chinoiseries (Gandini Juggling), American Trade, Dunsinane and The Gods Weep (Royal Shakespeare Company), Anna Bolena and Don Giovanni (English Touring Opera), The Diary of One Who Disappeared (The Opera Ensemble), Crow (Handspring), GILDA FROST (Production Stage Manager) Richard III – An Arab Tragedy (Sabab Theatre – Born in Brighton, England, Gilda has been a Kuwait & UAE), Les Misérables and West Side Company and Stage Manager for many years, Story (Pimlico Opera), The Infamous Brothers working on a variety of UK and International Davenport (Vox Motus), A Midsummer Night’s tours and London’s West End including: Abigail’s Dream (Headlong), The Little Hut (EverGreen), Party, Single Spies, Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell, Potted Potter (Philippines, Singapore, Hong Buddy, 42nd Street, Dancing in the Streets, Kong, Australia, New Zealand & South Africa), Dreamboats and Petticoats, Grease, Thriller Live, Man In The Mirror (Lebanon). The Dresser (dir: Sir Peter Hall), A Little Night Music (dir: Sir Trevor Nunn), and her all-time SIMON SCULLION (Set Designer) favourite Chicago. Trained at Wimbledon School of Art and was Theatre Design Finalist for the Linbury Prize. TIM MASCALL (Lighting Designer) Recent credits include The Father (Belgrade West End credits include Well (Apollo), Ruby Theatre Coventry), The Leisure Society Wax: Losing It (Duchess), Derren Brown: An (Trafalgar Studios), Potted Panto (Vaudeville), Evening of Wonder (Garrick), Something Wicked Murder on the Nile (U.K. tour), Alarms and This Way Comes (Old Vic), Enigma (Adelphi), Excursions (U.K. tour), Peppa Pig Live (tour), Why the Whales Came (Comedy), The Vagina LazytownLive (tour), Quartermaine’s Terms (U.K. Monologues (Wynddams), and Lies Have tour), Quartet (U.K. tour), Larkrise (tour), and Been Told (Trafalgar Studios). Other London Elizabeth and Raleigh–Late but Live (Edinburgh productions have included The Importance of Festival). Being Earnest (Regent’s Park Open Air), Vote Dizzy (Soho), Breakfast With Jonny Wilkinson PHIL INNES (Composer) (Menier), The Lady of Burma (Riverside), How Phil Innes has been making music of all shapes to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found and sizes for more than 20 years. The first (Southwark Playhouse), Chalet Lines (Bush), album he bought was Themes for Superheroes and Marilyn and Ella (Theatre Royal Stratford performed by Geoff Love and His Orchestra. East). Tim has also designed for a number of Since then, Phil’s musical taste has grown to U.K. tours and producing theatres. International encompass a bewildering range of genres. Having work includes productions in Australia, Italy, played in various bands, he now prefers writing North America, Germany, Malaysia, South music for theatre and film. Highlights so far have Africa, and Hungary. been The Ordinalia Cycle of Plays, The Alchemist, Potted Pirates, Potted Panto, and Barabas. He has ANDREW SJ GRANT (Production Relighter) a recording studio in Cornwall where he works on Andrew is an international lighting designer, his own material as well as producing other artists. programmer and relighter whose experience includes Broadway, West End, major UK PETER WILLIAMS (Tour Manager). Having producing companies and theatres and arts worked in Technical theatre 10 years for venues in Europe, Africa, North America, companies such as RSC, Welsh National Opera Potted Potter | Overture Center


Who’s Who in the cast cont. and numerous commercial theatre companies, Peter moved into company and production management in 2000. He has worked around the U.K. and mainland Europe in mainly No.1 venues on productions including The Hobbit, Gumboots (including U.S. tour), A Midsummer Nights Dream, A Christmas Carol, and many more. Recently Peter took a break from theatre for a year to work on all four opening and closing ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympics. Having toured extensively throughout the U.K,, Peter has worked in nearly all the remaining Matcham theatres left standing. Peter has been involved with Potted Potter many years from it’s very small beginnings to London’s West End and is very pleased to be involved in this, its next American adventure. POTTED PRODUCTIONS (Producer) was founded in 2006 by James Seabright to produce the work of Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner. Since then, the company has produced Potted Potter in the UK, Australasia and North America. It has also commissioned and produced the new shows Potted Pirates (Edinburgh 2008, UK tours 2008/9/10) and Potted Panto (Edinburgh 2010, Vaudeville, London 2010/11, and UK tour 2010/11; Olivier Award Nomination for Best Entertainment 2011). The hunt for other potting opportunities beginning with the letter P continues. Contrary to popular belief in the Americas, ‘potting’ is simply the art of summarizing something into a digestible form, and is intoxicating only in a funny, family-friendly way. SEABRIGHT PRODUCTIONS (U.K. General Management) is a theatre production and general management company based in London’s West End. As well as being one of the busiest presenters of UK tours on the small and middle scale circuits, recent London production and management projects include Toby Hadoke (Garrick 2013) Our Boys (Duchess 2012), Potted Potter (Trafalgar Studios 20079, Garrick 2011/3, world tour 2012), Potted Panto (Vaudeville 2010/11), The Showstoppers’ Improvised Musical (Ambassadors 2011, Criterion 2011, Southbank 2010/11/12 and Kings Head 2009/10), Hit Me (Garrick 2010), Barbershopera (Trafalgar Studios 2010/11), The Fitzrovia Radio Hour (Trafalgar Studios 2011, Ambassadors 2012), Terror (Southwark 6

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Playhouse 2009/10, Soho 2011), and Dirty White Boy (Trafalgar Studios 2010). Producer James Seabright’s book ‘So You Want To Be A Theatre Producer’ was published in the UK in 2010 and in North America in 2011. James has produced and promoted over 150 productions at the Edinburgh Fringe since 2001, winning various awards including The Herald Angel and The Scotsman Fringe First. He co-founded the Festival Highlights producers’ alliance in 2003, which has since grown to be the largest independent promoter of shows at the largest arts festival in the world, having produced and promoted almost 200 shows in Edinburgh over the past decade. James has twice been the recipient of the Stage One New Producer Bursary (2002 and 2004), is a member of the Society of London Theatre and the League of Independent Producers, and has been a guest speaker at NFTS, RADA, City Lit and at the Masterclass series run by Theatre Royal Haymarket. STARVOX ENTERTAINMENT/COREY ROSS (Producer), founded by Corey Ross, produces, manages, represents and promotes cross-over performing arts shows that tour across Canada and the United States, as well as México, China, the Middle East and Europe. Mr. Ross produced Woody Harrelson’s hit theatrical piece, A Bullet for Adolf, and in 2012, he brought the West End comedy, Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience, from London to enjoy record-breaking success in Toronto, New York and Chicago. Starvox also produced the two phenomenally successful benefit concerts for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, Hope Rising! and Hope Rising 2, starring Annie Lennox, Alicia Keys, Harry Belafonte, Rufus Wainwright, K’Naan and others. Starvox was a producer of the new 2013 Toronto production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS. In the fall of 2013 Starvox will produce the award-winning Evil Dead-The Musical in Toronto and Philadelphia.  Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience returned this past summer to New York for another successful engagement and begins its 2013-14 tour with sold-out engagements in Washington and Boston.

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