PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT | London, New Wimbledon Theatre

25 years after Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical first trod the boards in fabulous heels, the West End’s favourite drag queens are back (sorry Kinky Boots) with a complete feast for the senses.

A rainbow of gauche costumes and a pink-spangled Priscilla fill the stage, leaving no doubt that the audience is in for a night of gay abandon – accompanied, of course, by a soundtrack full of classic bangers.
Joe McFadden tops the bill as the headline celebrity, but his performance as troubled Tick lacks the star quality that both his co-leads bring to the show. Nick Hayes gives an absolutely phenomenal performance as Felicia: his opening scene is a highlight, with his strong, sexy and powerful dancing (not to mention his thighs!) setting him as top talent in a hugely gifted cast.

Other performances of note include Kevin Yates, whose drag flair deserves more prominence, and Jacqui Sanchez, who manages to out-camp even the boys with her perfectly timed ping-pong popping! Also, the three divas (Rosie Glossop, Aiesha Pease and Claudia Kariuki) shake the ceilings with impressive vocals that would make Tina, Aretha and Gloria Gaynor proud.

Amongst the dancing and the double entendres is a healthy dose of sobering reality about the fact that the fight for equality is not yet finished. But even these moments are managed with slick choreography (Tom Jackson Greaves) and stage-stealing acting (from Hayes). This show is as flamboyant as it gets, and will leave you feeling all sorts of emotions. Buy a ticket and be prepared to be dazzled.

Watch the trailer online. Until 12 October 2019.

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