Priscilla Queen of the Desert -
The Musical
14 - 24 November 2018

Director and choreographer: Martyn Knight
Musical director: Julie Dance

The Haymarket, Basingstoke
Evenings: 7:30 pm, Saturday matinees: 2:30 pm

Join us for a journey to the heart of FABULOUS!

Based on the smash-hit 1994 movie, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is the heart warming, uplifting adventure of three friends, Tick, Bernadette and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their drag queen show to Alice Springs in the middle of the Australian outback.

They hop aboard a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla) searching for dreams and friendship – but discover much more…

With a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and a string of hit parade, dance floor classics including It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive, Hot Stuff, Boogie Wonderland, Go West, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, this wildly fresh and funny musical promises a fantastic night at the theatre!

Box office tel: 01256 844244
Group bookings tel: 01256 366935

Full price tickets: £23.50
Opening night: £18.50 (no concessions)
Price includes Anvil Arts £2 per ticket booking fee

Early booker discount:*
1 1 June - 22 July 2018

Over 65s & full-time students: £21.50
Children (16 & under): £15.00
Groups 10+ people: £1 off full or concessionary price

Age guidance 15+.  The show contains some strong language


Press Reviews

“It was fast paced, vibrant and hugely enjoyable. There was non-stop energy, talent and drive from the entire cast.”

National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) - Read full review

“BATS have transformed the Haymarket into a place of fabulous colour, exuberant dance, extravagant costumes and hit after hit when it comes to musical choice. They have stuck true to the story that was made famous in the West End and do a great version of it.”

The Basingstoke Gazette - Read full review

“Priscilla is all about promoting and celebrating tolerance and acceptance with one big, lavish kitsch spectacle – and it was all done in fabulous style by BATS.”

Newbury Weekly News - Read full review

Audience Feedback

Wow, wow, wow! What a show! Absolutely amazing! Everyone is so talented. The show and the cast did not disappoint. Well done everyone.
— Denise Lay
What an amazing show! It was one of the best shows I’ve seen outside of the West End! Such a fantastic team! Well done!
— Louise Onslow
Amazing! Such strong characterisations and superb singing voices. Costumes and scenery all stunning. This is the first BATS production I have seen but will certainly be seeing more.
— Gerardine Firth
We have been to most of your productions for many years so know it will always be entertaining. However, this was your best yet. The music, singing, costumes, lighting, choreography and make-up were amazing. Came out of the theatre feeling so energised from the razzmatazz of the show. Can’t wait to see your next show.
— Sandie and Tony Tapping
Wow, what a fantastic show. That without a doubt could have been a West End show, or even Broadway? The vocals, acting and dance routines were marvellous and those costumes - amazing. Thanks again for another spectacular.
— Ray and Mary West

Production Photos


Tick / Mitzi
Bryn Hughes

Ian Moseley

Adam / Felicia
Doug Cairns

Hannah Saadat-Jones

Kirsty Bennett

Jade Hollingshead

Anneka Wass

Bob, Pastor
Richard Bond

Miss Understanding
Ben Shallow

Ben Waines

Kathy May-Miller

Luannsa Goodman

Ben Hastings and Edward Walton

James, Frank, Errol
Paul Morris

Lars 1, Tad, Band Boy
James Young

Lars 2
Paul Morris

Young Bernadette
Ben Shallow

Jimmy, Bryan, Barman
Adrien Nortier

Jamie Cole

Martin Boniface

Dancers: Stuart Baker, Martin Boniface, Jamie Cole, Charlotte Clifforth, Savvy O'Connor, Luannsa Goodman, Hollie Parks, James Young

Female ensemble: Charlotte Clifforth, Victoria Elliott, Luannsa Goodman, Kathy May-Miller, Savvy O'Connor, Hollie Parks

Male ensemble: Stuart Baker, Richard Bond, Martin Boniface, Jamie Cole, Paul Morris, Adrien Nortier, Ben Shallow, Ben Waines, James Young

Pit singers: Emily Hemmings, Holly Reedman, Laura Newborough, Johanna Tooze

Creative team

Director and Choreographer
Martyn Knight

Musical Director
Julie Dance

Assistant Director
Sally Manning

Dance Captain
James Young

Production Manager
Colin Webb

Stage Manager
Steve Brannam

Deputy Stage Manager
Nick Horsey

Assistant Stage Manager
Natalie Randall

Stage Crew
Sam Baker, Adam Cousin, Andy Foster, Matt Harrison, John Horton, Anthony Mitchell, Tony Ward, Lauren Wagner, Stuart Walker, Sharon Watson, Colin Webb

Lighting Design and Hire
James Mitchell - M3 Productions

Lighting Operator
John Eddie

Sound Design and Hire
Daniel Paine - Spinaudio and Christopher Manger

Scenery Hire
Scenic Projects Ltd

Props Manager
Marie White and Owen White

Carry on Costumes Ltd, BATS wardrobe, cast’s own

Head of Wardrobe and Assistant
Sophie Mallinson and Judith Ifould

Dressers for Principals
Tick: Christine Dollery, Teresa Hollingshead and Rachael Foyle
Bernadette: Liz Illett and Liz Scorey
Adam: Sally Manning

Di Annakin, Linda Begbie, Rachael Foyle, Linda Hopkins, Sophie Mallinson, Sam Reynolds

Make-up for Bernadette
Judith Ifould

Carry on Costumes Ltd

Child Protection Officer
Sally Manning

Marketing and Sales Officers
Julie Morris, Ben Waines

Marketing and Sales Team
David Allard, Nick Brannam, Jade Hollingshead, Bryn Hughes, Sally Manning

Show Photographs
Adrian Hyde

Additional Artwork
Stevens Signage

Programme Design
Nick Brannam

*The small print
Concessions - Apply to full price tickets for all performances. One discount per ticket  |  Registered disabled: please enquire at the box office  |  Group discount: (10+ people same show): £1 off full price or concessions  |  Opening night fixed price of £18.50.  No other concessions apply.

Early booker - £2 per ticket discount on full price and child tickets only, booking individually or in groups  |  Other concessions and group discount do not apply to early booker prices  |  Payment must be made in full when booking to receive the early booker rate. Tickets cannot be reserved at early booker rates  |  Book online, by phone or in person  |  Cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount and is non-transferable. Discount cannot be claimed retrospectively  |  Opening night special can be purchased at any time - no other concessions are available

Licensing information

Book by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott
Based on the Latent Image/Specific Films Motion Picture
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.

This amateur production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert is presented through special arrangement with and all authorised performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), 570 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10018.

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