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Priscilla Queen of the Desert - Lyceum Theatre - Sheffield

Published by: Paul Tyree on 31st Oct 2013 | View all blogs by Paul Tyree
Priscilla Queen of the Desert – Review by Paul Tyree


Priscilla Queen of the Desert does that rare thing of actually bettering the thing on which it’s based. Based on the film of the same name this production is chock full of joy and myriads of costume changes.

Noel SullivanTick, an Australian drag queen, is asked to go to Alice Springs to finally meet his son and manages to convince two other drag queens know as Bernadette and Felicia to join him on the epic drive across the country. On the way there they have adventures, encounter some prejudice but ultimately overcome all with the use of daring costumes, great music and a ‘show must go on’ attitude.

The production values on this show are sublime and hidden away behind the set is a fantastic orchestra that are note perfect and manage to recreate all the wonderful songs as though being played by the orginal artist. Noel Sullivan playing Tick, the lead character sings wonderfully and makes an engaging and sympathetic hero or heroine, if you like. Equally good is Richard Grieve as the ageing Bernadette who manages to finally find love out on the great highway.

All of the performers should be congratulated for a wonderful evening that at various points had the audience leaping up and joining in with the songs. I took my daughter who is 10 and she had an absolutely wonderful evening. The themes concerning homosexuality and cross-dressing are dealt with with fantastic tact and the songs and entertainment comes across so thick and fast that you’re swept away in a road trip that’s a feast for the eyes as well as the ears. Wonderful show!

Thu 31 Oct 7:45pm Audio Described, Signed £28.00 - £40.00*
Fri 1 Nov 5:00pm £23.00 - £35.00*
Fri 1 Nov 8:15pm £30.00 - £42.00*
Sat 2 Nov 3:00pm Captioned £28.00 - £40.00*
Sat 2 Nov 7:45pm £30.00 - £42.00*


1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 4 years ago
    Great to see you back on our pages again, Paul. Thanks for your review.
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