1-6 February 2016
Reviewed by Jayne Wiggins
As my husband and I set off for one of our rare date nights, we were dreading the car parking after a long day’s work. We were very pleasantly surprised however with how easy it was to park directly outside the theatre, made even better by the free parking after 6pm!
The theatre is an impressive building in the middle of a large shopping complex, clean and bright outside, welcoming and friendly as we entered. Very friendly staff welcomed us through the door and directed us to the Piano Bar, – a classy bar with live piano music to entertain us as we waited for the auditorium to open. The ambience in the entire theatre was warm and friendly, a welcoming feel in every part of the theatre. We were served drinks in the piano bar but my husband also used the main bar where he was served very quickly. The queues to the toilets were short on the ground floor, though I cannot speak for other areas of the theatre. My only complaint would be the expense of drinks at the bar and the fact that the clean and pleasant toilets were already out of toilet roll in many of the cubicles before the show even started!
The show starred Jason Donovan, a definite crowd puller, and told the story of three drag queens travelling across Australia in a clapped out bus which they name Priscilla. The story follows the difficult backgrounds of the three drag queens and the secret Mitzi (Jason Donovan) is hiding about a wife and child. The audience is taken on a comical journey with spectacular numbers and flamboyant costumes – to be expected of a drag show! The set design was impressive with singers suspended from the ceiling and the tour bus taking centre stage for most of the show.
The show ends with the three drag queens finally finding happiness and self-discovery on their journey, and with Mitzi’s son simply accepting his father for who he is. The three vow to continue working together and stay involved in the young boy’s life.
Jason Donovan was good as Mitzi but the star for me had to be Simon Green as Bernadette. His character was real and believable, he left me rooting for Bernadette and hoping she would find happiness in the end. Vocals were amazing with a special shout out to Adam Bailey and the three divas.
I would definitely recommend this show for anyone, from teenagers to those who love a mix of music and genres. The dancing and costumes were spectacular, the theatre was exactly what was needed for this show and we give it a definite 5 out of 5 overall.
Tickets cost from £12.50 to £47.50 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Priscilla Queen of the Desert is at Milton Keynes Theatre until 6 January 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 8717652.
Milton Keynes Theatre, 500 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK9 3NZ