Ben Richards, best known on television for playing PC Nathaniel Roberts in the long running TV drama The Bill and Bruno Milligan in ITV's Footballer's Wives, is to join the West End cast of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical from 1 June 2010.
Richards, who takes over the role of Tick from Jason Donovan, joins Don Gallagher (Bernadette), Oliver Thornton (Adam) and John Bowe (Bob) in the Olivier award-winning musical at the Palace Theatre. As well as his roles in The Bill and Footballer's Wives, Ben Richards played Justin Fuller in Holby City. His many leading roles in musical theatre include Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls on tour and in the West End, Danny Zuko in Grease at the Victoria Palace Theatre and on tour, Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever at the London Palladium, and on tour and Jerry Lukowski in The Full Monty at the Prince of Wales Theatre.
In March this year, before celebrating its first birthday in London, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical won the 2010 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Costume Design as well as the Whatsonstage.com awards for Best Musical, Best Supporting Actor in a Musical (Oliver Thompon), Best Set Design (Brian Thomson) and Best Choreographer (the late Ross Coleman).
Based on the Oscar(r) award-winning film and written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott and directed by Simon Phillips, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical tells the story of Tick, Bernadette and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback.