Priscilla: The Boys from Oz Arrive

Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical, now previewing at the Palace Theatre, is that rare creature in the West End – a hit Australian stage musical. The show’s two Aussie stars, Tony Sheldon and Jason Donovan, and its director Simon Phillips talk to Roger Foss about a transgender transition with “Down Under” written all over it.

Of all Australia’s cultural exports to the UK, Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical is surely Down Under at its glittermost. With 500 costumes, 200 hats, 100 wigs, lorry-loads of lipstick, a mountain of mascara, a glorious gaggle of drag queens and a battered six-tonne ‘Priscilla’ bus parked on a stage where the vast Outback comes to life, the Palace Theatre will be transformed into a palace of pure Australiana.