Casting has been revealed for the forthcoming London dinner & show experience Priscilla The Party at HERE @ Outernet in central London.
This fully staged new production is from the creators of the hit stage musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert and will star Trevor Ashley as Gaye Cliché, Owain Williams as Tick / Mitzi, Dakota Starr as Bernadette and Reece Kerridge as Adam / Felicia.
The show will also feature Grace Galloway, Gracie Lai and Sara Louise as the Divas and Steven Serlin as Bob the Mechanic, Joni Ayton-Kent as Alternate Bernadette, plus John McGlone, Matthew Facchino, Isidro Ridout, Brandon Gale, William Elijah-Lewis, Samuel Stokes, Dan Holland, Kimberly Blake, Lucy Park, Maria Myatt and Teagan Denham.
Priscilla The Party has a book by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott, and additional material by Phil Scott, and is based on the much-loved movie The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
The show tells the same uplifting story as the movie and musical, about three friend who hop aboard a battered old bus to seek fame and fortune in Alice Springs, and end up finding more than they could have ever dreamed of; and is packed full of hits, including Hot Stuff, It’s Raining Men, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Finally, Go West, Say A Little Prayer, Boogie Wonderland, Shake Your Groove Thing and I Will Survive.
The show is directed by Simon Phillips, who directed the original stage musical, with set and video design by Brian Thomson and Justin Nardella, costume design by Tim Chappell and Lizzy Gardiner, choreography by Andrew Hallsworth, musical arrangements and orchestrations by Stephen ‘Spud’ Murphy, musical arrangements, supervision and direction by Steve Geere, lighting design by Per Hôrding, sound design by Ben Harrison and general management by RGM Productions.
The show is produced by Randall A. Buck, Patrick Bywalski and Rod Gunner, in association with Nullarbor Productions, Blue Stage Entertainment and MGM On Stage.
Director Simon Phillips said in a statement: “We’ve been telling theatregoers this story in over 30 countries now, for nearly two decades and, no matter where we have played around the world, multi-generational, diverse audiences – actually, anyone intent on having a good time – have felt more than welcome at a Priscilla show. Given the immense mainstream visibility and recognition drag is enjoying, there has surely never been a better time to celebrate this heartfelt tale of love, friendship and acceptance and this spectacular, interactive production will embrace its audience, immersing them in an experience they will never forget. This ultimate celebration of Priscilla’s coming of age will bring everyone together with simply the best in feel-good entertainment!”
Trans icon Munroe Bergdorf said: “Priscilla is a timeless classic; for so many queer people it was the first time we saw queer people in movies, that we saw drag queens in movies, that I saw a trans woman on screen…. I think it’s really important we move with the times and provide new ways of telling stories that have impacted and empowered us all, so I’m very very excited and looking forward to seeing [Priscilla The Party!]… it’s such a ground-breaking story, especially in terms of everything going on with the trans community right now; this is what we need, we need stories that lead with joy, and to show that the trans experience isn’t always about tragedy.”
Priscilla The Party starts on 1 March 2024, and is booking to 30 September 2024.
More about the cast of Priscilla The Party
Trevor Ashley is one of Australia’s most sought-after and successful performers. He recently was the runner-up in Queen of the Universe, the global drag singing competition hosted by Graham Norton, streamed worldwide. In theatre, he has starred as Thénardier in Les Misérables, Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar, the original Australian Edna Turnblad in Hairspray and he created the role of Miss Understanding in Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical. He has just completed a sell-out run of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat as Pharaoh. He made his West End debut in 2013 in Liza (on an E), in which he played Liza Minnelli.
Owain Williams has theatre credits that include The Phantom of the Opera (His Majesty’s Theatre / Royal Albert Hall), Les Misérables (25th Anniversary Tour / O2 Arena), Merrily We Roll Along (Theatr Clwyd) and Taboo (Brixton Clubhouse / London Palladium). His TV presenting work includes TAG (S4C), a magazine show for teenagers; Y Lifft / The Lift (S4C), the UK’s first multi-platform, completely interactive gameshow for children; Heno / Tonight (S4C), S4C’s primetime evening magazine show; Sam on the Screen (S4C), an arts review show.
Dakota Starr trained at LAMDA and their theatre credits include Fisherman’s Friends (UK Tour), Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s musical The Girls (West End, Leeds Grand Theatre, The Lowry) and Troilus and Cressida (RSC). Dakota’s screen credits include The Duke, Emmerdale, Outlander and The Magnificent Eleven. Dakota is non-binary.
Reece Kerridge has theatre credits that include the Arena Tours of Peter Pan An Arena Spectacular and Elf the Musical Arena Spectacular, The Spongebob Musical (original UK Tour cast), Top Hat (The Mill at Sonning), Shrek the Musical (UK and Ireland Tour), The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales Theatre) and Our House (Union Theatre). Reece is the founder and co-host of Sit in the Stalls radio show, which broadcasts Saturday mornings on Box Office Radio. Reece also performs as the Drag Artiste Gracie Lou.
HERE at Outernet,