REVIEW: Priscilla Queen of the Desert – Edinburgh Playhouse



Adapted from Stephan Elliott’s 1994 film, the musical tells the story of two drag queens and a transsexual, who get together to honour a booking for a show in Alice Springs. As they head from Sydney aboard their bus, Priscilla, the three friends meet some strange characters, encounter homophobia and eventually find happiness in the most unexpected places.

The Priscilla bus rolls in to Edinburgh still chock full of feather boas and sequins but in a somewhat scaled down version from its West End original. That said, the spirit of the glorious original is alive and well in this uplifting production.


The talented cast are ably led by Richard Grieve (Bernadette), Jason Donovan (Tick/Mitzi) and Graham Weaver (Adam/Felicia), keeping the energy levels up and the camp spectacular alive throughout. The familiar disco numbers are belted out with gusto and the outrageous costumes are an eye-popping delight.

Production photos copyright Paul Coltas

This is a show to lift the spirits and send you into the street with a spring in your step and your faith in humanity restored. A joyous, celebratory evening at the theatre.

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My souvenirs – if you know the show you’ll know where these were fired from!!!

The bus rolls into the King’s Theatre Glasgow in June – ticket details here

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