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Priscilla - Ray Meagher rejoins cast for show's final weeks

Ray Meagher

Casting Update

THE WEST End production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical, which tomorrow (September 3, 2011) celebrates its 1000th performance at the Palace Theatre, will close on December 31, 2011.

For Christmas schedule see below.

Previously Posted: On October 5, 2011, Ray Meagher (as Bob) will rejoin the cast of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical.

Meagher, who played Bob in the original Sydney production, also played the kindly mechanic last year in the West End, where he will now take over from Mark Moraghan, joining Don Gallagher (as Bernadette), Richard Grieve (Tick) and Oliver Thornton (Adam).

The current cast also includes Gemma O’Duffy, Charlotte Riby and Lucinda Shaw (the three Divas), Newley Aucutt (Miss Understanding), Selina Chilton (Marion), Liz Ewing (Shirley), Tristan Temple (Jimmy), Kanako Nakano (Cynthia), Steven Cleverley (Farrah/Young Bernadette) and John Brannoch (Frank).

Completing the company are James Cohen, Tim English, Steven Grace, Hugo Harold Harrison, Matt Krzan, Frances Mayli McCann, Lucy Newton, Callum Nicol, Ian Oswald, Will Peaco, Olivia Philip, John Phoenix, Graham Vick and Graham Weaver.

Earlier this month, Tim Chappell and Lizzy Gardiner won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Musical, having previously received an Oscar® and a Laurence Olivier Award for their work on Priscilla.

Previously Posted: On September 30, 2010, Australian born actor Ray Meagher will join Don Gallagher (as Bernadette), Ben Richards (Tick) and Oliver Thornton (Adam) in the cast of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical.

Best known on television for playing Alf Stewart in the long running Australian soap Home and Away, Meagher will take on the role of mechanic Bob. It’s a role he’s already familiar with, having played him in the original Sydney production.

Meagher’s acting career has spanned a period of over 35 years and encompasses film, television and stage. He has, in fact, played Home and Away‘s Alf Stewart since the first episode of the series in 1988 and earlier this year, won the Gold Logie Award for the Most Popular Personality on Australian Television.

His extensive Australian theatre credits include work for Queensland Theatre Company and the Adelaide Festival, while his film credits include Breaker Morant, The Chamberlain Report and Mail Order Bride. He has also worked extensively in pantomime throughout the UK, most recently playing Captain Hook in Peter Pan in Tunbridge Wells.

Based on the Oscar-winning film and written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical tells the story of Tick, Bernadette and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback.

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical is written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott. Direction is by Simon Phillips, choreography by Ross Coleman, musical supervision and arrangements by Stephen ‘Spud’ Murphy and production design by Brian Thomson.

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical premiered in Sydney in October 2006 before opening in Melbourne and New Zealand, and has become the most successful Australian musical of all time.

After a return Sydney season and a recent run in Toronto, the Broadway production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical opened at the Palace Theatre in New York in March this year. Further international dates are planned for Italy and Brazil. Discussions are also taking place regarding other international territories including Scandinavia, Germany and Asia.

CHRISTMAS 2011 SCHEDULE

Monday, December 19 at 7.30pm.
Tuesday, December 20 at 7.30pm.
Wednesday, December 21 at 7.30pm.
Thursday, December 22 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Friday, December 23 at 7.30pm.
Saturday, December 24 no performance.
Sunday, December 25 no performance.

Monday, December 26 at 7.30pm.
Tuesday, December 27 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Wednesday, December 28 at 7.30pm.
Thursday, December 29 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Friday, December 30 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Saturday, December 31 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.