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London Theatre News Today: Thursday 17 December

First Published 17 December 2020, Last Updated 18 December 2020

Potted Panto announces an Easter West End season

Live performances of the West End season of Olivier-nominated Potted Panto have been suspended until 9 January, 2021, pending updates to Government guidance, but will return to the Garrick Theatre from 1 – 18 April 2021. Current bookers will be contacted with the option to exchange their tickets for cancelled shows over Christmas to these new dates or to get a refund.

In even more good news, Potted Panto will also be streamed online from 24 December to 10 January
with further screenings from 12 -24 January, mirroring the original live show schedule.

Producer James Seabright said: “‘Potted Panto’ played just eight performances of its 10th anniversary season at the Garrick theatre to rapturous audiences and rave reviewss, before the run had to be suspended following government guidance. This led to at least 26 performances being cancelled. Happily we have been able to agree new Easter holiday dates with Nimax Theatres and the show will return to the Garrick stage from 1 to 18 April, harking back to the pantomime tradition of running all the way from Christmas to Easter – although they didn’t have a pandemic-enforced closure in the middle back then! The new dates replace all 26 of those missing performances and if necessary we will keep rescheduling them until our audiences get their live pantomime experience! We are also delighted to be releasing the show onto the Stream.Theatre platform from Christmas Eve, following the capture of one of our final performances. Huge thanks are due to my incredible show team on and off stage for making this happen.”

Overflow by Travis Alabanza

Bush Theatre announces online stream of Travis Alabanza’s monologue Overflow

Following ecstatic reviews in its opening week, the Bush Theatre’s run of Travis Alabanza’s monologue Overflow, performed by transgender actress Reece Lyons and directed by Debbie Hannan, was curtailed when London entered tier three. Determined not to disappoint audiences unable to travel, the Bush Theatre has recorded the show on-stage for broadcast online from 18 January 2021. Access to Overflow – Online will be ticketed.

Overflow – Online is streaming to the UK ONLY. It can be viewed on a web browser, via Google Chromecast, on Apple TV, Android TV, or Amazon Fire TV.

Each online performance is a pre-filmed live show that will be streamed to online audiences. The performance will begin promptly at 2 pm or 8 pm and will only be available to watch for the duration of the stream.

Overflow see’s Rosie cornered into a flooding toilet cubicle and determined not to be rescued again, distracting herself with memories of bathroom encounters, drunken heart-to-hearts by dirty sinks, friendships forged in front of crowded mirrors, and hiding from trouble.

But with her panic rising and no help on its way, can she keep her head above water?

If you’re looking for more virtual theatre fixes to enjoy over the holidays, be sure to check out our online calendar here as well as our Family Theatre Fun page which is packed with fun activities and games to keep your little ones entertained.

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