The Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge St.
February 11 – March 25
Prices range from $29-99. You can purchase tickets and view showtimes at TicketKing
Located on Yonge St. in Toronto’s downtown core, you’ll find The Panasonic Theatre. It’s no Broadway stage, but it’s still a great venue for whatever strikes you. And if what strikes you happens to be Harry Potter, Panasonic Theatre has you covered. From February 11-March 25th, 2012, the venue is featuring the performance Potted Potter: The Unauthorised Harry Potter Experience.
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 10 years, then you know or have heard about the world of Harry Potter. This past summer marked the end of the movie franchise but not the end of the fandom. Even after concluding the books and films, the franchise remains a huge influence to people of all ages. With the opening of the theme park in Orlando and the announcement of the website Pottermore, it’s no wonder that J.K. Rowlings’ work will never be forgotten. With that being said, fans all over the world have come up with numerous ways of expressing their love for Harry Potter. Costumes, parties, even a famous YouTube musical, fans are always finding ways to love Harry Potter.
Two British comedians, Dan and Jeff, have put together a spectacular parody of the ever-popular franchise. Potted Potter features a comedic telling of the seven books in seventy minutes. Is that even possible? Yes, it is, and Dan and Jeff do a marvelous job at it. In my own opinion, British comedy is some of the best comedy in the world. From Monty Python to Charlie Chaplin, British humor has never failed to give me stomach pains from laughing.
Dan and Jeff have certainly given me my money’s worth with this parody. As a Harry Potter fan, I was doubled over laughing through the entire show. The pair are quick and witty, delivering their lines without any delay, which in my opinion is a key to any successful comedic bantering. I truly believe this show is not just made for those who like Harry Potter. Anyone who enjoys a good parody would find himself or herself entertained by these two. There’s no extraordinary costumes, no pyrotechnics. There’s a simple set, simple props, and simple costumes, which goes to show that you don’t need extravagant things to put on an amazing performance.
The ticket price ranges from $29 (balcony) to $99 (premium seating) — you can purchase your tickets via TicketKing. I was lucky enough to be seated in orchestra – a good place to be for this show as there is an interactive Quidditch game. However, any seating is fine for this show. As Potted Potter came to an end, I found myself upset simply because the two were so amazing I just didn’t want it to end! As I walked out from the theatre, I knew I would be heading home to pop in one of my Harry Potter DVDs, grab a snack and settle in.
Photo courtesy of Potted Potter website