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Full casting announced for National Tour of Priscilla Queen of The Desert

Duncan James
Duncan James – Photo by Phil Griffin

David Ian Productions and the Ambassador Theatre Group have announced the full cast for the UK tour of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT opening on Thursday 20th August 2015 at the Manchester Opera House.

Joining the previously announced Duncan James and Jason Donovan, who share the role of ‘Tick’, are Simon Green as ‘Bernadette’, Adam Bailey as ‘Felicia’ and Philip Childs as ‘Bob’.

Simon Green’s most recent stage credits include ‘Bruce Ismay’ in “Titanic” both in Toronto and at the Southwark Playhouse; “The World Goes Round” at the Union Theatre and ‘Monsieur André’ in “The Phantom of The Opera” on tour. Adam Bailey most recently appeared as ‘Espresso’ in the German production of “Starlight Express”. His other theatre credits include ‘Mary Sunshine’ in “Chicago” at Leicester Curve and ‘Alan’ in “Bare” at the Greenwich Theatre. Philip Childs played the role of ‘Bob’ on the 2013 tour of “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”. He is currently appearing as ‘Doctor Dillamond’ in “Wicked” at the Apollo Victoria. Other recent theatre credits include Alan Bennett’s “People” and “The Habit of Art” at the National Theatre.

As one quarter of the pop band Blue, Duncan James has sold over 16 million records, had three number one albums and forty number one singles worldwide. His stage credits include playing ‘Warner Huntington III’ in the West End production of “Legally Blonde” and ‘Billy Flynn’ in “Chicago”. He was also a finalist on ITV1’s Dancing on Ice.

Jason Donovan played the role of ‘Tick’ when the show originally opened in the West End and its subsequent tour in 2013. His other West End credits include the title role in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and ‘Caractacus Potts’ in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”. His touring credits include ‘Captain Von Trapp’ in “The Sound of Music” and ‘Frank N Furter’ in “The Rocky Horror Show” and most recently ‘Lionel Logue’ in “The King’s Speech”. His television credits include “Neighbours” and “Echo Beach”. He was also a finalist in ITV’s smash hit “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!” and reached the final of “Strictly Come Dancing”.

Please note the Duncan James and Jason Donovan will play the role of ‘Tick’ at different venues. Full details and tour schedule below- visit Priscilla Official Website.

They are joined by: Richard Astbury; Rebecca Botterill; Matt Crandon; Peter Cumins; Amy Di Bartolomeo; Martin Harding; Lisa-Marie Holmes; Ricky Lee Loftus; Adam Lyons; Callum MacDonald; Laura Mansell; Catherine Mort; James Paul McAllister; Robin Mills; Craig Ryder; Naomi Slights and Julie Yammanee.

Get ready for the ride of your life! Based on the movie, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL is the heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they could have ever dreamed of. With a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and a hit parade of dancefloor classics including ‘I Will Survive’, ‘Say a Little Prayer’, ‘Go West’, ‘Hot Stuff’, Boogie Wonderland’ and ‘Always on My Mind’, this wildly fresh and funny new musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS!

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL originally opened in Australia and after a sell-out two year run, opened in London’s West End followed by Broadway in the United States. It has won numerous awards all over the world, including prestigious Olivier and Tony awards.

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL is written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott and Directed by Simon Phillips. The Associate Director is Dean Bryant. Choreography is by Andrew Hallsworth and Ross Coleman; Musical Arrangements, Direction and Supervision by Stephen ‘Spud’ Murphy and Charlie Hull; Production Design by Brian Thomson, Costume Design by Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner; Make-Up Design by Cassie Hanlon; Original Lighting Designs by Nick Schlieper and Original Sound Design by Michael Waters.


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