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Palace Theatre
Shaftesbury Avenue W1V 8AY
Priscilla Queen of the Desert -
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Show Details
Preview 10th Mar 09
Opens 23rd Mar 09
Closes 31st Dec 11
Show Times
Mon - Sat 7.30 pm
Matinée Thurs & Sat 2.30 pm

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A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.

A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.



An Energy dance production which is OTT Super glam, super throb, Sheer Ebullience.

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

Men Wearing fancy costumes -
only men can render them so fancy.

As with many camp productions costume and spectacle are forefront. The gags are gratuitously glaring. However the sheer force of the music and dancing allow them the trivial status they deserve among other things that create the OOh and AAh.

The glaring unapolgetic musical, had its gala opening Tuesday 10th March 2009.

It was adapted from an Australian movie released 1994 - fifteen years ago about a transsexual traveling with two drag queens on a bus across Australia's Outback. (It was a hit in Australia where they love raw energy and outrageousness)

The Story

Tick, a slightly tattered drag artiste travels from Sydney to Alice Springs in a battered bus to meet his son whom he hardly knows.

Tick and his companions - drama-loving diva Adam and mature transsexual Bernadette - receive mixed receptions wherever they go from animosity to love. They give out crude single entendre humour as well as realness - they sure are there in their boots.

The Bus 'Priscilla'  is a lot of fun - She carries a tender and simply slender story. Eye grabbing costumes and a karaoke like soundtrack relentlessly offering classic pop and disco from "Downtown" to "I Will Survive."

"makes 'Mamma Mia!' look like Chekhov,"
Charles loves its "insanely euphoric and wildly contagious vulgarity."
Charles Spencer - The Daily Telegraph

Brits can be a little offish unless there's at least a double entendres if not three. Those who disapprove may get something to disapprove of here. "Everyone else will have a ball as well."


  • Ben Richards - Tick (Mitzi)
  • Don Gallagher - Bernadette
  • Oliver Thompson - Felicia / Adam
  • Ray Meagher - Bob
  • Newley Aucutt - Miss Understanding
  • Yvette Robinson - Marion

  • Director - Simon Phillips
  • Design - Brian Thompson
  • Lighting - Nick Schlieper
  • Choreography - Ross Coleman
  • Costume - Tim Chappel
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