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Priscilla Queen of the Desert - Milton Keynes Theatre

Published by: Alison Smith on 2nd Feb 2016 | View all blogs by Alison Smith

Priscilla Tour 2016 

Reviewed by Alison Smith

On a damp, dreary Monday evening in February in Milton Keynes, what better way to lift the spirits than to see the outrageously entertaining Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. From the outset the audience is catapulted into the zany world of a bunch of social misfits, drag queens and transvestites on a journey through the Australian desert, literally and figuratively. Tick (Mitzi Mitosis), a drag queen, is travelling from Sydney to Alice Springs to perform in the casino of his estranged wife and, importantly, to meet his son. His two travelling companions are Adam (Felicia Jollygoodfellow) and Bernadette Basinger. The mode of transport? A bus, christened Priscilla.

Divas and cast Priscilla

Experiences through bizarre, and sometimes cruel, encounters with locals such as Bob the mechanic and his Thai bride lead to self-knowledge and the realisation that there is a place in the world for everyone whatever their sexuality, colour or size. The story line is uplifting and compassionate towards people who are not main stream, but what captivates  the audience in the musical is the glitz and the glamour from the wigs, the colours, the make-up, the ridiculous costumes, the shoes, but most importantly, the songs: I Will Survive,and What's Love Got to do With It, are the most remarkable, sung with passion and energy. The Divas are wonderful, and descend on the stage like singing angels, albeit fesity and sexy angels. The band, under the musical directof Matthew Loughran, has great musicality. 

Priscilla Mitzi

The three leading men Mitzi (Jason Donovan), Adam/Felicia ( Adam Bailey)  and Bernadette (Simon Green) perform their roles with joy, exuberance and  humour. Simon Green is exceptionally talented and  plays his role of Bernadette with depth of feeling and sensitivity. The contrast with Felicia is notable; he is young, spoilt and self-centred - always aiming to be top dog. Mitzi, less outwardly energetic than his companions, has an air of resigned acceptance of his persona. This trio are supported by a wonderfully step-perfect, energetic cast with certificates in hip swivelling and thrusting, but who are all also perfectly in harmony and with great lung capacity.

This is a song and dance bonanza, frivolous and fun. Who would have thought that jocks in frocks on a rock could give so much joy?

Priscilla,Queen of the Desert Plays Milton Keynes Theatre until 6th February

Bookings 0844 871 7652

Booking fees apply

 Images courtesy of Milton Keynes Theatre



1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 2 years ago
    Thanks , Alison. It's such a fun show.
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