BY DANIEL CLARKSON, JEFFERSON TURNER AND RICHARD HURST
DIRECTED BY RICHARD HURST
The Olivier Award nominated festive celebration Potted Panto brings you Seven classic pantomimes in 80 hilarious minutes!
In a madcap ride through the biggest stories and best-loved characters from the wonderful world of pantomime, our dastardly double act dash from rubbing Aladdin’s lamp to roaming the golden streets of Dick Whittington's London and making sure that Cinderella gets to the Ball.
It's all unmissable fun, whether you're six or 106.
According to Wikipedia, Daniel is a “British comedy actor, playwright and director with two Olivier nominations and a Blue Peter Badge.” Graduating from Bretton Hall, Daniel is probably best known for being one half of the comedy double act “Dan and Jeff”, renowned across the globe for their “Potted” stage shows as well as an 18-month residence in the CBBC office as their in-house presenters. With four shows now under his belt (Potted Potter, Potted Pirates, Potted Panto and Potted Sherlock) he has received both audience and critical acclaim, having had sell-out seasons in both London’s West End and New York, and completed several successful international tours including a current residency of ‘Potted Potter’ in Las Vegas where it won "Best New Production".
Other writing credits include: ‘The Crown Live’ (Kings head, US tour) ‘King Kong a comedy’ (The Vaults Theatre) ‘The Pirate, The Princess and The Platypus’ (co-wrote; Polka Theatre) ‘The Mr Thing Show’ (co-wrote; performed as Puppet Steve)
Daniel has made regular appearances on BBC, ITV and Channel 4 - writing, performing and directing his unique brand of condensed comedy, and over lockdown he co-wrote and performed ‘Judge Smudge’ in CBBC’s ‘Monster Court’ (BBC) filming the entire series in his dining room! He was also in Coronation Street (ITV) a couple of times ... (he didn’t know how to fit that in but his mum said “he really should”). Daniel’s thrilled to be spending the festive season in Wilton’s and wishes everyone a wonderful Christmas and a happy and peaceful New Year. @Daniel_Veronica (Please follow him and help his ongoing quest to get more Insta followers than the Kardashians.)
Jeff met Dan nearly 20 years ago, and has worked with him for a large proportion of that time, racking up thousands of hours of stage time together. As a pair, they have enjoyed UK tours, Australasian tours, US tours, West End and Off-Broadway seasons and two Olivier nominations. This all culminated in Jeff’s life-long dream coming true, when he opened Potted Potter’s residency in Las Vegas - when it was finally time to come home, Jeff had to be dragged away, kicking and screaming (the show is still running there, and Jeff visits it whenever he is allowed, which isn’t nearly often enough, if you ask him, thank you very much)!
Jeff wrote Potted Panto with Dan, as well as Potted Potter and Potted Pirates. Jeff has been allowed on TV with Dan far more regularly than seems sensible, on shows such as Blue Peter (BBC); Richard & Judy (C4); The Slammer (BBC); and Big Brother’s Little Brother (C4). They were even household names between 2008-2010, when they were the in-house presenters in the CBBC Office (BBC), messing around in living rooms Nationwide! A few years ago, Jeff thoroughly enjoyed training with Second City when they popped over to London, to develop and sharpen his improvisation skills, which is vital to do when one shares a stage with a performer as predictably unpredictable as a certain Daniel Clarkson…
Having performed Potted Panto on many a West End stage over the past 13 years, Jeff is thrilled to have FINALLY made the move east to the beautiful Wilton’s. He’s been in many an audience here and is honoured to have been promoted to the stage. What an historic building to get to call home over the festive period! Speaking of which, Jeff would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Feel free to pop onto socials and say hi (do people still do that? Or is it all Zoom and LinkedIn these days…?)
Jacob has been acting in the West End and internationally touring since graduating from Mountview in 2015. This is Jacob's fourth year on Potted Panto, and he is very much looking forward to burning off the seven hundred mince pies he has so far eaten in rehearsals. He also writes and is a regular contributor to the UK’s largest satirical newspaper The Daily Mash and its associated BBC/Dave TV shows The Mash Report and Late Night Mash. Theatre credits include: Doctor Who: Time Fracture (BBC/Immersive Everywhere); Margaret Thatcher: Queen of Soho (UK Tour); Potted Panto (Garrick/Apollo); The Murdér Express (Funicular); Little Miss Sunshine (Arcola/UK Tour); NewsRevue (Edinburgh Fringe); Feel More (Proforça); The Tiger Who Came to Tea (Vaudeville/UK Tour); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Unicorn); Jurassic World Experience (Universal); The Crystal Maze (Little Lion); In Soft Wings (Seven Dials Playhouse); The Kissing Dance (Rose & Crown); Absent (DreamThinkSpeak).
Recipient of the RSC’s Buzz Goodbody Director Award and short-listed for The Guardian Award, two Olivier Awards, RTS comedy writing award. Directing includes The Pirate, the Princess and the Platypus (with Daniel Clarkson); Potted Panto; Potted Pirates; Girl and Dean; Pegabovine; Moon the Loon; The Edinburgh Love Tour; 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 Pirate, the Princess and the Platypus (with Daniel Clarkson); The Edinburgh Love Tour and Bill Hicks: Slight Return (with Chas Early); Hard Times and Ripley Bogle (adapted). For television: co-creator/writer of Bluestone 42 (BBC3), as co-writer Miranda (BBC1), The Rebel (Gold); as writer, three episodes of Secret Diary of a Call Girl (ITV2/ Showtime).
Trained at Wimbledon School of Art and was a Theatre Design Finalist for the Linbury Prize. Most recent credits include: Peter Pan Goes Wrong (Apollo and tour), Showstopper! (Apollo) and Out There on Fried Meat Ridge Road (Trafalgar Studios). Other theatre credits include The Father (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), The Leisure Society (Trafalgar Studios), Potted Panto (Vaudeville), Murder on the Nile (UK tour), Alarms and Excursions (UK tour), Peppa Pig Live (tour), Lazytown Live (tour), Quartermaine’s Terms (UK tour), Quartet (UK tour), Larkrise (tour) and Elizabeth and Raleigh: Late but Live (Edinburgh Festival). simonscullion.co.uk
Nicky trained at the Central School of Speech & Drama. Design credits include: The New Musketeers; Miracle on 34th Street; The Aliens That Stole Christmas (Trinity); The Little Witch (The Place); Egusi Soup (Bury St Edmunds & UK Tour); Fragile (Coventry Belgrade); Shiverman (503); When Did You Last See My Mother (Trafalgar Studios); Guys & Dolls (Cambridge Arts); Well (Apollo, West End); Frankenstein (Sheffield Crucible & Tour). She has designed many productions for leading drama schools including LAMDA, Laban, RCM, GSA and Mountview. nickybunch.co.uk
West End credits include: Why The Whales Came (Pinter); Well (Apollo); Ruby Wax: Losing It (Duchess); The Vagina Monologues (Wyndhams); Potted Panto (Garrick and Vaudeville); Eric And Little Ern (Vaudeville); Derren Brown: Enigma (Adelphi); Evening Of Wonder (Garrick); Infamous (Palace); Miracle (Palace); and Something Wicked This Way Comes (Old Vic).
Other London credits include: Breakfast With Jonny Wilkinson, Ruby Wax: Out Of Her Mind, Fully Committed and Without You (Menier Chocolate Factory) The Importance Of Being Earnest (Regents Park Open Air) and Invincible (St James).
Further UK credits include: Lionboy (Complicite), Long Day’s Journey Into Night, A Taste Of Honey, Kill Jonny Glendenning and Faith Healer (Royal Lyceum Edinburgh), The Real Thing and Good Grief (Theatre Royal Bath), Pavilion; Orpheus Descending; and Lord Of The Flies (Theatre Clwyd).
Opera credits include: The Cunning Little Vixen (Garsington); Aida (Opera Holland Park); The Gamblers and Peter Grimes (Royal Festival Hall). timmascall.com
Tom’s work in the West End has included Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, The Caretaker, Pete And Dud Come Again, Medea, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change, Brief Lives, Twelve Angry Men, The Gin Game, Taking Sides, A Letter of Resignation, Life Support , The Hothouse, The Rivals, Vita and Virginia, Hobson’s Choice and Rope. He designed sound for Ashes to Ashes (Royal Court), The Great Game: Afghanistan, Not Black & White, Broken Glass, Women Power & Politics and Greta Garbo Came To Donegal (Tricycle), I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky (Royal Opera House Linbury Studio), A Tainted Dawn, Bill Shakespeare’s Italian Job, A British Subject and Potted Sherlock and Shakespeare Untold (Edinburgh Festival), The Farm, Those Magnificent Men, The Falling Sky (New Perspectives), To Town Hall Cherubs (BAC), and five seasons of operas for Grange Park Opera, as well as productions for pantomimes and numerous repertory theatres. Tom has created almost 60 sound designs for Chichester Festival Theatre.
Phil is a composer, sound-designer and sound-artist working across multiple platforms. He is a BA Music graduate from Falmouth University. Credits include The Trench (Collective Arts); Barabas (Hall for Cornwall); Walk With Me (Kneehigh); Everyman (Tangle); The Magic Beanstalk (Light Theatre); Potted Potter; Potted Pirates; and Potted Sherlock; The Cold Truth; Poison; Enduring Lies; and Lonely Not Alone (Effervescent); Lonely Not Alone (Co-op Foundation). Phil is a member of the Ludi Electric Guitar Quartet.
In an unconventional career Ali has been the first in-house stage manager at The Comedy Store; company stage managed in The West End; spent four years as Jo Brand’s PA; worked for eight years as a floor manager on live TV; was part of the original campaign team on Drop The Debt, which became Make Poverty History, and has worked as showcaller on large scale, site-specific corporate events. Recent shows include the new musical Roman Holiday at Theatre Royal Bath; Jon Culshaw’s Les Dawson: Flying High; The Graham Norton Variety Show at The O2; four pantos for Oxford Playhouse, and Craig Revel Horwood’s All Balls & Glitter tour. In 2016 she founded Macrocosmic, a stage management consultancy, through which she also trains and encourages new technical theatre practitioners.
Sammy trained at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and ALRA. This is his first year on Potted Panto, and he is very much looking forward to the show and to be performing at Wilton’s Music Hall. Theatre credits include Exile (Southwark Playhouse), Collapsible (Bush), Tinseltown (Theatre at the Mill), and Aladdin (Marina). Sammy has also appeared in Eastenders for the BBC, Cuban Fury on Film4, and performed on XFactor (ITV) and for Take That.
Marie-Claire graduated from Rose Bruford College in 2019 and has since worked across stage, feature and short films and voice over. She also writes plays, screenplays and poetry. Her first comedy play, Pamplemousse, was on at The Cockpit just last month. She has also appeared in Lost Souls (Loosely Based), Prometheus in Chains (Finborough) Macbeth (Ethereal), and Safety Zone (Breadbin Theatre Company). Her film and shorts credits include One Life and My Sister's Bones (2024), Eugene Needs the Loo, and The Sinking (2023). Marie-Claire’s audio credits include Invisible Borders: The Audiobook (Hypatia Trust), Click Click Boom Boom (Pink Nightmares), Postcards From Another World (Alternative Realities), The Victoria Files (Alternative Realities) Backdrop (Alternative Stories), and Under The Influence (Pink Nightmares). This is her first year joining the Potted team and she is delighted to be a part of some Christmas shenanigans!