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You'd Be Mad To Miss One Of The Best Musicals Ever
If you haven't bought a ticket for this show then what are you waiting for?

The smash hit musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert has embarked on a UK tour which sees it spend a week-long run at the New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, from Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 October.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert, New Alexandra Theatre, Jason Donovan
Priscilla Queen of the Desert (credit Paul Coltas)

And theatre lovers across the country will not be disappointed with this ultimate feel-good show that combines star performances with a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and a wonderful collection of dance classics ranging from 'I Will Survive' and 'Say A Little Prayer' to 'Go West', and 'Boogie Wonderland'.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert, written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott, follows on from the success of the original 1994 film which followed the journey of two drag queens and a transsexual - played by Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and Terence Stamp - as they travelled across the Australian Outback in a tour bus they named Priscilla.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert, New Alexandra Theatre
The company performing 'Go West' (credit Paul Coltas)

The heart-warming adventure was later adapted into the current hit musical which originally opened in Australia in 2006 before enjoying sell-out runs in London's West End and New York's Broadway, collecting prestigious Olivier and Tony awards along the way.

Jason Donovan, Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Jason Donovan who stars as 'Tick'

Former Neighbours and pop music star Jason Donovan returns in the role of 'Tick', which he played when Priscilla originally opened in the West End and its subsequent tour in 2013.

Jason, whose other West End roles include Joseph in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", is excellent as 'Tick' who persuades fellow drag artists 'Bernadette' and 'Felicia' to join him on a tour to Alice Springs.

But he is more than matched by the outstanding Simon Green as transsexual 'Bernadette', who yearns for 'her' former glamorous life as a drag queen, and the equally talented, energetic Adam Bailey as 'Felicia'.

Adam Bailey, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, New Alexandra Theatre
Adam Bailey co-stars as 'Felicia' in Priscilla Queen of the Desert

A truly fabulous support cast of singers, dancers and actors includes Philip Childs, who reprises his 2013 role as 'Bob', Callum Macdonald as 'Miss Understanding', Julie Yammanee as 'Cynthia', and Lisa-Marie Holmes, Laura Mansell and Catherine Mort as the larger than life 'Divas'.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert, New Alexandra Theatre
The company perform another glittering dance number

Tour performance details - 2015/16

October 20-24: New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
October 26-31: Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
November 2-7: Theatre Royal, Brighton
November 30-December 5: Grand Opera House, York
December 15-January 2: Edinburgh Playhouse
January 25-30: Liverpool Empire
February 1-6: Milton Keynes Theatre
February 15-27: New Victoria Theatre, Woking
March 29-April 2: King's Theatre, Glasgow
April 11-16: Princess Theatre, Torquay
May 30-June 11: Bristol Hippodrome Theatre
June 13-18: New Theatre, Oxford

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Why? If Ever There Was A Must-See Show This Is It
When: 20 October 2015 to June 18, 2016
Phone: 0844 871 3011
Where: New Alexandra Theatre, Suffolk Street Queensway, Birmingham, West Midlands B5 4DS
Cost: Tickets 15-45
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