A colourful Priscilla role for Blue’s Duncan James

A colourful Priscilla role for Blue’s Duncan James

West End theatre star and boyband heart-throb Duncan James is to take the lead role in Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical when it comes to His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen in February.

He’ll be slapping on the glitter, glam and glitzy costumes in the role of Tick – and his alter ego Mitzi – in the UK tour of the Tony Award winning musical.

“I’m having an absolute ball,” said Duncan. “And I can’t wait to bring the Priscilla bus to Aberdeen in February, it’s one of my favourite Scottish cities.”

Joining Duncan on stage are Simon Green as Bernadette, Adam Bailey as Felicia and Philip Childs as Bob.

Based on the smash-hit movie, Priscilla is the heartwarming, uplifting Australian adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they had ever dreamed of.

The stage version has won four WhatsOnStage.com awards, including Best New Musical, and features a dazzling array of outrageous Olivier and Tony award-winning costumes, plus a hit parade of dancefloor favourites including I Will Survive, Hot Stuff, Finally, Boogie Wonderland, Go West, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and I Love the Nightlife.

Duncan is perhaps best known as a member of Blue from 2000 to 2005 and again from 2009 following their reformation. He took part on ITV1's Dancing on Ice in 2007, when he made it to the grand final alongside rugby player Kyran Bracken and actress Clare Buckfield.

He started entertaining at a young age, in school productions, and began his professional career working at Haven holiday camp, where he was to meet his soon-to-be band mates Lee Ryan, Simon Webbe and Antony Costa.

The band exploded onto the music scene in 2001, amassing huge commercial success, racking up 40 No1 singles worldwide, three No1 UK albums and over 13 million record sales.

After 2005, when the band decided to take a break to pursue other interests, Duncan went on to star as Billy Flynn in the hit musical Chicago, and became a familiar face on television, working as a presenter on Soapstar Superstar, Capital FM's Party In The Park, City Hospital, T4, The Clothes Show and GMTV’s Entertainment Today.

After his Dancing On Ice appearance and subsequent sell-out arenas tour, he made his television acting debut in Plus One for Channel 4 and further TV appearances have included Grease: The School Musical for Sky 1, Eurovision: Your Country Needs You (as a Judge) for BBC1, Eight Out Of Ten Cats for Channel 4 and presenting The National Lottery for BBC1 many times.

On stage, he has appeared as Warner Huntington III in the West End production of Legally Blonde and made his pantomime debut last Christmas playing the title role in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Birmingham Hippodrome for Qdos Productions.

In 2011, Blue came 11th representing the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf with I Can, and the band continue to thrive with a new album this year and a recent a new TV show on ITV2 – Blue Goes Mad In Ibiza, which followed the band as they launched their own bar.

Simon Green’s most recent stage credits include Bruce Ismay in Titanic both in Toronto and at the Southwark Playhouse; The World Goes Round at the Union Theatre and Monsieur André in The Phantom of The Opera on tour.

Adam Bailey most recently appeared as Espresso in the German production of Starlight Express and his other theatre credits include Mary Sunshine in Chicago at Leicester Curve and Alan in Bare at the Greenwich Theatre.

Philip Childs played the role of Bob on the 2013 tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and is currently appearing as Doctor Dillamond in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria. Other recent theatre credits include Alan Bennett’s People and The Habit of Art at the National Theatre.

Tickets for Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical, at HMT for a week from Monday, February 29, are available online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.

Posted on Thursday 10 December

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