We Are Chester’s Paul Crofts tells us about a royally good show that is coming to Theatr Clwyd courtesy of Chester-based Tip Top Productions. Photos courtesy of Tip Top Productions.
Tip Top Productions are set to stage their most lavish musical yet as they bring hit West End show Priscilla Queen of the Desert to Theatr Clwyd.
Tip Top will stage the hit musical at the theatre from Wednesday 6 June to Saturday 9 June, with performances at 7.30pm every night and a 2.30pm matinee on the Saturday.
The show is directed for Tip Top by Peter Swingler OBE, who said: “Based on the Oscar-winning film which starred Terrence Stamp and Guy Pearce, Priscilla is the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for Alice Springs to put on the show of a lifetime.
“Their epic journey is a heart-warming story of self-discovery, brashness and acceptance. After winning a glittering array of international awards on Broadway, the West End, Europe and Asia, Tip Top Productions is delighted to bring the show to Theatr Clwyd
Speaking about the show’s standout soundtrack and glittering costumes, Peter added: “This iconic hit musical has more glitter than most shows can dream of. This show will feature a dazzling array of hundreds of costumes, head dresses and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics including It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive, I Love the Nightlife, Hot Stuff, plus Go West, Macarthur Park and many more.
“The cast have had a ball in rehearsals and I can say, without doubt, that in all the years I have been directing shows, this has been one the happiest experiences of my life. The cast and crew have worked incredibly hard and I know audiences at Theatr Clwyd are in for a treat.”
The cast have thrown themselves into their roles, not to mention the outrageous and colourful costumes in the show, with leading cast member Mike Jenkinson-Deakin (pictured above) who plays ageing drag queen Bernadette even taking a pair of high heels on honeymoon with him as soon as he knew he was cast in the role so that he could get used to walking in them.
(L-R) Leading cast members Josh Hankey, Mike Jenkinson-Deakin and Jack Fletcher in rehearsals for Priscilla Queen of The Desert
High heels in Sydney
Mike, from Telford, said: “When Glenn (Mike’s Husband) and I set off on our dream honeymoon, touring Australia in February this year, it was just after I had successfully auditioned for the part of Bernadette and so it seemed the perfect opportunity to break in the shoes by wearing them in the very country where the musical is set. We visited Sydney just in time for Mardi Gras and so nobody batted an eyelid when I posed for photos in front of the Sydney Opera House wearing high heels!”
For more on the show, listen again here to the We Are Chester Show podcast, in which our editor Angela Ferguson interviewed Peter Swingler about preparing for this epic production. And our writer Tori Erskine will also be going along to watch the show so look out for our review here in the very near future.
Full details of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert
(which contains strong language and adult themes) can be found here
where tickets can be booked online. Alternatively, contact the Theatr Clwyd box office on 01352 701521.