Priscilla Queen of the Desert Will Play London's West End in 2008

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the Australian stage musical based on the 1994 movie, will be staged in the West End in 2008.

Venue and dates have yet to be announced, but with Back Row Productions teaming up with Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group (RUG), it is likely that one of RUG's seven London venues – which includes the Palladium; Theatre Royal, Drury Lane; and the Adelphi — will host the show.

The musical follows the fortunes of three female impersonators who embark on an odyssey across the Australian outback on a bus named Priscilla.

In a statement issued by the Australian subsidiary of RUG, chief executive Andre Ptaszynski said, "Often it's the musicals from faraway places that light up the West End most brightly. The sheer joy and good-heartedness of Priscilla will be a breath of fresh air for us. It is time we had an Australian musical and RUG is very proud to be partner on this one."

The London version will be co-produced by RUG and Black Row Productions, the company behind the musical's 2006 world premiere in Sydney.

The show's creative team includes the film's writer and director Stephan Elliott, who wrote the book for the musical. The team also includes costume designers Lizzy Gardiner and Tim Chappel, who designed wardrobe for the movie. Simon Phillips' stage production started previewing this week at Melbourne's Regent Theatre. At the beginning of the run, a bomb hoax caused the theatre to be evacuated after 20 minutes into the show.

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