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Amidst a flurry of bright lipstick, nail polish and feather bowers, Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical held a special gala night last night (24 March 2009, previews from 10 March) to celebrate its UK premiere at the Palace Theatre (See Also Today’s WOS TV).

Drag queens Kandi Kane and Heidi Licious proved enthusiastic hosts on the red carpet, welcoming an array of special guests including John Barrowman (pictured), Elaine Paige, Lee Mead, Richard Curtis , and former Neighbours star Anne Charleston.

Priscilla, adapted from the 1994 Oscar-winning Australian film, stars Jason Donovan, Oliver Thornton and Tony Sheldon as two drag queens and a transsexual who set off on a journey of discovery to Alice Springs on their eponymous pink bus.

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For 1st Night Photos, our Whatsonstage.com photographer Dan Wooller was on hand for the arrivals and curtain call at the Palace and the after party held at the Hippodrome. Guests on the night included Andrew Logan, Zandra Rhodes, Ben Barnes, John Barrowman, Nadia Coote, Ian Watkins, Imogen Lloyd Webber, Kelly Hoppen, Jason Gardiner, Ben Ofoedu, Vanessa Feltz, Lisa Voyce, Anne Charleston, Lee Mead, Harvey Goldsmith, Tamsin Egerton, Summer Strallen, John Partridge, Richard Curtis and Julien Macdonald.

For Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical, members of the original film’s creative team – writer and director Stephan Elliott, costume designers Lizzy Gardiner and Tim Chappel, make-up designer Cassie Hanlon and producer Michael Hamlyn – were joined by theatre director Simon Phillips.

The production, which premiered in Sydney in 2006, is presented in the West End by Liz Koops and Garry McQuinn for Back Row Productions, Michael Hamlyn for Specific Films, Allan Scott and the Really Useful Theatre Company.

- by Theo Bosanquet


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