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Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical

Palace Theatre

The iconic film about three drag stars’ trip across the desert gets a glamorously camp London musical debut.

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical, which receives its UK premiere at the Palace theatre, is a new musical based on the hit Oscar-winning film of the same name.

The heart-warming plot of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical follows three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla) searching for love and friendship but end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed. With a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and featuring a score of dance-floor classics, this new musical follows a journey to the middle of the Australian outback and to the heart of fabulous.

After making its world premiere in Sydney in October 2006, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical has become one of the most successful Australian musicals of all time. Among the dance floor classics which have made it so popular are I Will Survive, Finally, Boogie Wonderland and Girls Just Want To Have Fun.

Don Gallagher, who plays Bernadette, has appeared in the hit West End production of The Producers, in which he played Roger De Bris, the National Theatre productions of His Dark Materials and Stuff Happens, and many shows with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Richard Grieve is known for his appearances in Australian soaps Home And Away and Neighbours as well as UK soap Emmerdale.

Oliver Thornton, who has appeared in West End productions of Rent, The Phantom Of The Opera, Les Misérables and Chicago, completes the leading trio.

The production of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical at the Palace theatre features nearly 500 costumes, and boasts over 100 wigs, 160 masks, more than 150 pairs of shoes and almost 200 hats and headdresses per performance. Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner won the 2010 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Costume Design for their work on Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical.

For more about Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical at the Palace theatre read the First Night Feature or Big Interview with Ray Meagher.

Previews From

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Running time

Nearest Tube
Leicester Square (approx. 150m)

Nearest Bus
29, 24, 176

Nearest Train
Charing Cross

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Cast & Creative


Richard Grieve, Don Gallagher, Oliver Thornton, Mark Moraghan (From 5 October: Ray Meagher), Charlotte Riby, Portia Emare, Emma Lindars, Newley Aucutt, Amy Field, Yvette Robinson, Steven Cleverley, Daniele Coombe, Tristan Temple, Kanaka Nakana, John Brannoch


Director - Simon Phillips

Producer - Liz Koops and Garry McQuinn for Back Row Productions, Michael Hamlyn for Specific Films, Allan Scott and the Really Useful Theatre Company

Designer - Brian Thomson

Choreographer - Ross Coleman

Lighting Designer - Nick Schlieper

Sound - Michael Waters

Music By - Musical Supervision, Arrangements and Orchestrations: Stephen 'Spud' Murphy

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