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Ray Meagher Returning to Priscilla at the Palace Theatre

Monday, 27th Jun 2011  

The Home & Away Actor Previously Appeared in the Show from September 2010 to March 2011

The last time that “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” was in the news was when rumours surfaced regarding its closure in the West End after attracting a large audience since its March 2009 opening. It is a surprise move for the show considering its high profile presence, amplified by the former casting of well known names like Jason Donovan in lead roles, but even if these rumours are true there is still plenty of time for London theatre audiences to witness the popular action first hand.

And with this in mind the show has made a casting announcement regarding Bob the Mechanic – Ray Meagher will be returning to the role from October 2011, following up his previous stint in the show from September 2010 to March 2011. It means that those with theatre tickets will witness another familiar face live onstage at the Palace Theatre.

Ray Meagher is a recognisable Australian actor whose work as Alf Stewart in the television series “Home and Away” has brought him in front of audiences on both sides of the world.  In addition to a wealth of other programmes in Australia he has also appeared in live stage shows such as the pantomime “Aladdin” in Basingstoke and “Peter Pan” in Tunbridge Wells. He also previously portrayed Bob in the Australian version of “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” in 2007.

When he re-appears in the West End version of the musical he will replace the current Bob, Mark Moraghan, from Wednesday 5th October 2011. He will star alongside the modern cast that is made up of Don Gallagher, Richard Grieve and Oliver Thornton.

The musical is based on the 1990s movie “The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert” and focuses on the characters of Mitzi, Felicia and Bernadette who leave behind the bright lights of Sydney to perform their drag act in front of audiences at the casino in Alice Springs. In doing so they go on a personal adventure of discovery, friendship and love as they travel across the Australian outback in a tatty old bus named Priscilla.

“Priscilla Queen of the Desert” continues at the Palace Theatre and is currently booking until Saturday 7th January 2012 (though previous reports suggested the show would be finished before the end of 2011).

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