Ben Richards joins Priscilla... as Tick from 1 June 2010

Ben Richards joins the cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical, as 'Tick' from 1 June 2010, replacing Jason Donovan.

The show continues to feature Don Gallagher (Bernadette) and Oliver Thornton (Adam).

Ben Richards is best known on TV for playing PC Nathaniel Roberts in the long running TV drama The Bill and Bruno Milligan in ITV’s Footballer’s Wives. He also played Justin Fuller in Holby City. His many London musical theatre credits include Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly, Danny Zuko in Grease at the Victoria Palace Theatre , Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever at the London Palladium, and Jerry Lukowski in The Full Monty at the Prince of Wales Theatre.

The show opened at the Palace Theatre 23 March 2009, following previews from 10 March to mostly good notices from the popular press: THE EVENING STANDARD says, "I welcome it with open arms and a glad rag-bag of positive adjectives." THE GUARDIAN says, "It is gaudy, garish and loud and seems to be as much about costumes as content." THE TIMES says, "There’s energy, fun, tunefulness and, above all, the most outrageous swirl of costumes that I...have yet encountered." THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Wildly entertaining."

The musical, which had its world premiere in Sydney, Australia in October 2006, is written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott, based on the 1994 movie The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

It is directed by Simon Phillips, designed by Brian Thomson, choreography by Ross Coleman, and costumes by Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner.

Drag queen Mitzi, and friends Felicia and Bernadette make their own personal journeys of discovery as they go across Australia from Sydney to the outback, in a battered old bus named Priscilla, to perform their show - singing their way through disco songs.

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