Review: Journey through Christmas favourites at Potters Christmas Spectacular 2016

The Potters Christmas Spectacular 2016. Picture: Potters Resort

The Potters Christmas Spectacular 2016. Picture: Potters Resort - Credit: Archant

We are now in the narrow window of the year that leaves us divided.

The Potters Christmas Spectacular 2016. Picture: Potters Resort

The Potters Christmas Spectacular 2016. Picture: Potters Resort - Credit: Archant

For half of the country, years-old tinsel has been dragged down from the attic and gifts are piling up in the spare room.

But for the rest, present shopping and the inevitable 'shall-we-have-turkey-or-beef' talk is banned for at least another fortnight.

The Potters Christmas Spectacular 2016. Picture: Potters Resort

The Potters Christmas Spectacular 2016. Picture: Potters Resort - Credit: Archant

Those arriving at Potters Resort's 2016 Christmas Spectacular on Sunday night found themselves well and truly immersed in one camp.

While glowing Christmas trees filled much of the resort, it was in the Atlas Theatre that festivities really started.

The Potters Christmas Spectacular 2016. Picture: Potters Resort

The Potters Christmas Spectacular 2016. Picture: Potters Resort - Credit: Archant


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The annual spectacular is the pinnacle of the resort's calendar – it takes months of rehearsals and includes some of the best dancers and singers in the country.

Hopes high, we took our seats and readied ourselves for the 'high speed' musical 'sleigh ride' we had been promised.

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Old favourites filled the first half – We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Joy to the World and a particularly stirring O Holy Night – as log fires, Christmas trees and lights sprang into life on the theatre's new nine-metre-wide LED screen (equivalent to 232 large screen TVs in your living room, I'm told).

A Christmas clapping routine – as impressive as it was bizarre – filled the interval, before the show returned for its Top of the Pops second half – a 45-minute jaunt through modern festive hits.

Shakin' Stevens, Band Aid, Wham! and Elton John made an appearance, as the tempo upped and a brave few took to the dance floor in front of the stage.

With dances and voices worthy of any West End stage, the Potters Theatre Company excelled – including the particularly impressive Elly Broad and Sion Hathway.

Months of work has created a lively and enchanting two-hour spectacular ideal for anyone getting into – or already in – the Christmas spirit.

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