Two British actors have launched a Las Vegas satire that takes the audience through the pages of all seven “Harry Potter” books — in a mere 70 minutes. “Potted Potter,” which opened Tuesday at Bally’s, has played off-Broadway, in London’s West End and in countries around the world.
Wearing black, round-framed glasses and using a falsetto voice, Turner portrays Potter. Wearing cheap wigs and deploying equally inexpensive props, Clarkson spoofs a variety of other characters culled from the books’ cumulative 4,000 pages.
Lines are delivered hijinks-style, appealing to a variety of ages. By the way, “potted,” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, means “briefly and superficially summarized.”
The parody opened Tuesday in the Windows Showroom at Bally’s. The run is open-ended, but Clarkson and Turner will only play the roles through June 23, after which date, another cast takes over.
“Potted Potter” plays 8 p.m. Fridays through Wednesdays, with matinees at 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets range from $40 to $100, plus taxes and fees.
British author J.K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” (1997), quickly became a worldwide sensation. Since then, six more novels and eight movies have transported countless millions of fans to Potter’s world.