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Priscilla Queen of the Desert

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  • Booking From:
  • 10-Mar-2009
  • Booking Until:
  • 31-Dec-2011
  • Running Time:
  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Age Warning:
  • Recommended 15+
  • Genre:
  • Musicals

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert Tickets

Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, UK W1D 5AY

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Stalls: Seats with a face value of £40 Monday to Thursday and £45 Friday and Saturday are classed as restricted view due to the Dress Circle overhang.

Dress Circle: Seats with a face value £40 Monday to Thursday and £44.75 Friday and Saturday are classed as restricted view due to the Upper Circle overhang.

Grand Circle: Row A of the Grand Circle has restricted legroom and some seats may also be restricted view due to a front handrail. Row B is restricted with a handrail and has a side view. All Grand Circle Seats with a face value of £24.75 are classed as restricted view.
Row H is restricted view.

Balcony: Row A and B of the Balcony seats may also be restricted view due to a front handrail. Seats 1-7 and 22-28 in all rows of the balcony are restricted view. The balcony is high and steeply stepped.

The theatre has an air cooling system, but no air conditioning.

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL is the most fun you'll have in the West End with over 500 outrageous costumes and a score of dance-floor classics including I Will Survive, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and Finally.

Based on the Oscar-Winning movie, PRISCILLA tells the heart-warming and uplifting story of Bernadette (Don Gallagher), Tick (The Bill's Ben Richards) and Adam (Oliver Thornton), a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. Along the way they meet Bob, the mechanic with the heart of gold (Ray Meagher - Home and Away's 'Alf Stewart'). They set off in a battered old bus (Priscilla) in search of love and adventure but end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed.

PRISCILLA is the ultimate feel-good theatrical experience... Hop On Board!

Due to occasional coarse language parental guidance is recommended for children 15 years and under.

Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance.

Please note due to the nature of the show a full view of the stage cannot be guaranteed from every seat.

Matinees: Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm

Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm

Theatre Venue: Palace Theatre
Address: Denman Street, London W1D 7DY
Seating Plan: Seating Plan
Google Map: Google Location Map

The Palace Theatre, is a West End theatre in the City of Westminster. It is an imposing red-brick building that dominates the west side of Cambridge Circus, and is located near the intersection of Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road.

Commissioned by impresario Richard D'Oyly Carte in the late 1880s, it was designed by Thomas Collcutt. Carte intended it to be the home of English grand opera, much as his Savoy Theatre had been built as a home for English light opera, beginning with the Gilbert and Sullivan series. The foundation stone, laid by his wife Helen in 1888, can still be seen on the fatade of the theatre, almost at ground level to the right of the entrance. The Palace Theatre's current capacity is 1,400.

The theatre opened as the "Royal English Opera House" in January 1891 with Arthur Sullivan's Ivanhoe. No expense was spared to make the production a success, including a double cast and "every imaginable effect of scenic splendour" (Hesketh Pearson, Gilbert and Sullivan). It ran for 160 performances. However, this was not enough to sustain the venture. Sir Henry Wood, who had been rTpTtiteur for the production, recalled in his autobiography that "[if] Carte had had a repertory of six operas instead of only one, I believe he would have established English opera in London for all time. Towards the end of the run of Ivanhoe I was already preparing the Flying Dutchman with EugFne Oudin in the name part. He would have been superb. However, plans were altered and the Dutchman was shelved." ('My Life of Music', Victor Gollancz Ltd, London 1938) Carte sold the theatre within a year, and it was renamed the Palace Theatre of Varieties.

The name of the theatre was finally changed to The Palace Theatre in 1911. On March 11, 1925, the musical comedy No, No, Nanette opened at the Palace Theatre starring Binnie Hale and George Grossmith, Jr.. The run of 665 performances made it the third longest running West End musical of the 1920s. The Palace Theatre was also the venue for Fred Astaire's final stage musical Gay Divorce which opened there on November 2, 1933.

The last decades of the twentieth century saw two exceptional runs at The Palace: Jesus Christ Superstar and Les MisTrables. The latter ran for eighteen years, having transferred from the Barbican Centre on December 4, 1985. The show is still running at the Queen's Theatre just 100 metres further up Shaftesbury Avenue, having transferred there in April 2004. On October 8, 2006, it became the longest running musical in the world, overtaking the former record set by CATS.

In August 1983, Andrew Lloyd-Webber announced that he had purchased the freehold of the theatre for ú1.3 million and subsequently set out on a series of works to restore the theatre. During work on the auditorium, a layer of plum-coloured paint was removed, revealing the famous marble and onyx panels to be untouched. Following the transfer of Les Miserables, the theatre was greatly refurbished, marble walls uncovered, restored, repainted, new chandeliers, cleaned etc. This was followed by a short 6-week season of illusionist Derren Brown following his successful UK tour. Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Woman in White received its world premiere on 15 September 2004 and ran for 19 months to 25 February 2006. The show outlived the Broadway version, playing at Broadway's Marquis Theatre, where it opened in November 2005, by 6 days. Bill Kenwright's production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman's musical Whistle Down The Wind played from 15 March - 12 August 2006.

Book:Book by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott, based on the 1994 movie The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Director:Simon Phillips
Lighting:Nick Schlieper
Sound:Michael Walters
Choreography:Ross Coleman
Producer:Back Row Productions Ltd, Michael Hamlyn, Allan Scott, Mirvish Productions, The Really Useful Theatre Company Ltd, Mgm On Stage Darcie Denkert & Dean Stolber, Latent Image Productions
Casts:Ben Richards
"Big hit musical. I Welcome Priscilla with open arms." Evening Standard.

"Eye-poppingly extravagant." The Guardian.

"A huge antidote to the doom and gloom of the recession." Daily Mail.

"Energy, fun, wisecracks galore" The Times.