Priscilla Queen of the Desert


 Priscilla Queen of the Desert opened at the Palace Theatre London in March 2009. Originally seen on stage in Sydney in October 2006, Priscilla was adapted for the stage from the 1994 film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, by Stephan Elliott, who also helped with the book for the musical adaptation. The production closed on 31 December 2011.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert transported audiences down under to the Australian outback, where two drags queens and a transsexual hop onboard Priscilla the campervan to drive from Sydney to Alice Springs in the search for friendship and love, but they in fact find more than they were hoping for.

The musical features countless hit pop tunes and dance floor classics such as Go West, I Will Survive and Boogie Wonderland, and due to its outrageous costumes, fun spirit and hit songs, has become one of the most successful Australian musicals of all time.

Cast Information

The cast of the London production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert included Richard Grieve in the leading role of Tick. Grieve is an Australian actor who has performed both in the UK and Australia in many musicals and plays, and he played Sam Kratz in Neighbours and Dr Lachlan Frazer in Home & Away. Transsexual Bernadette was played by Don Gallagher. Gallagher has performed in many West End shows such as Les Miserables and The Producers. The final lead role of Adam (Felicia) was performed by Oliver Thornton. Thornton has played many big roles on the London stage such as Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera and Harrison in Chicago, and he was an original member of the London Priscilla cast. Other cast members included Ray Meagher as Bob and Charlotte Riby, Gemma O’Duffy, Lucinda Shaw and Amelia Cormack as the singing divas.

Critics’ Reviews

“What the show is really about is spectacle; which, thanks to Brian Thomson’s production design and the costumes of Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner, is hurled across in bucketloads.”
Michael Billington, the Guardian


“At the Palace Theatre, I’m delighted to report, an insanely euphoric and wildly contagious vulgarity prevails. It’s ten times more enjoyable than the screen version”
Charles Spencer, the Daily Telegraph


“It’s slick, sassy and visually stunning, the latter due largely to Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner’s extravagant and colourful costumes. And the script, with puns aplenty and double entendres galore, is nothing short of outrageous. However, its delivery is such that it never comes across as offensive
Lizzie Guilfoyle, indieLONDON


Want to see just what Priscilla was like? Then watch the London trailer below from the original cast which included Jason Donovan in the role of Tick. The bright colours, glitter and outrageous costumes can be seen and some of the songs used in the musical are performed such as I Will Survive.

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