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Joe McFadden to star in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert UK tour

Jason Donovan is one of the producers on the production

Joe McFadden
Joe McFadden
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Joe McFadden is to star in the upcoming revival production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

The show is being produced by Jason Donovan, Mark Goucher, Gavin Kalin and Matthew Gale and will open at Dartford Orchard Theatre in September before heading to cities including Bradford, Milton Keynes, London, Blackpool, Leicester and Manchester. The show will continue to tour the UK and Ireland to spring 2020, with the full list of venues yet to be announced.

McFadden's most recent stage appearance is House on Cold Hill and he appeared in the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing in 2017, which he won with dance partner Katya Jones. His other acting credits include Torch Song Trilogy at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Rent in the West End and She Loves Me at Chichester Festival Theatre.

He commented: "I'm over the moon to be taking on this new and exciting challenge in a musical that I have been a massive fan of for such a long time. I'm looking forward to working with this wonderful production team, including Jason whose guidance I feel especially lucky to have given his previous experience with the production. I can't wait to take the Priscilla bus on the road and have a bonzer time making the role my own!"

Priscilla Queen of the Desert is the musical based on the Oscar-winning film of the same name about three friends who jump on a bus in Australia and head out to Alice Springs to put on a show.

The production has direction from Paul Kerryson, choreography from Tom Jackson-Greaves, designs by Phil R Daniels and Charles Cusick Smith, lighting by Ben Cracknell and sound design by Ben Harrison.