Priscilla the Party! London: How to get tickets for immersive and interactive new West End show
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A new and glittering Priscilla, Queen of the Desert experience is coming to London next year.
Tickets are on sale now for Priscilla the Party!, in which the performers will dance and interact with the audience at Outernet, next to Tottenham Court Road tube station in Soho.
The production, opening in March, is a new, immersive take on the stage shows, which began in Australia 17 years ago.
Producer Garry McQuinn said the reimagining of Priscilla involved looking again at the right way to tell the story of a person in the trans community.
“We are putting this show in the audience’s faces and saying here are these people, and they’re proud," he said. "They exist, deal with it.”
Simon Phillips, director of Priscilla the Party!, said the immersive element is central to the new show.
“The party thing was the important thing to think about because whenever it was in a theatre, the constraints of a theatre almost felt palpable," he said.
“As soon as the overture began on Priscilla in any territory we went to, the audience just really wanted to stand up and dance.
“It’s the idea that your experience as an audience member is that you are part of the show in a different way. In this space, we have more audience members on the floor being a part of the party than in many other similar kinds of venues. It’s the vividness of being a part of it.”
The franchise was launched by the 1994 movie The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, in which two drag performers and a trans woman as they venture across the Australian outback in their bus called Priscilla, to perform a series of shows.
Priscilla the Party! tickets
The show has the option of a dance floor ticket, which will put audience members in the middle of the show, or a seated ticket. A dining option is available.
Tickets are on sale now for events from March 25.
Priscilla on stage
Garry McQuinn is the originating producer of the first Priscilla stage show 17 years ago and has been a producer for every stage iteration since, including Priscilla the Party!.
“There’s a much bigger and broader and wider and more open audience in London, particularly for stuff that on the face of it is sometimes controversial," he said.
“If we’re actually going to re-envisage and reimage Priscilla, not only do we have to be in the right space, we’ve got to be prepared to tell the story in a different way.
“You have to find better ways to tell the story. In the days of the original production, the actor who created Bernadette was not transgender. We don’t live in that world anymore. If we’re going to tell these stories authentically, then we have to engage with that community.
“We are putting this show in the audience’s faces and saying here are these people, and they’re proud. They exist, deal with it.”