Gavin Mitchell has just been announced in the cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert when it tours to the Edinburgh Playhouse for a three-week run over Christmas and the New Year. (And Thom Dibdin got a selfie with him and co-star Jason Donovan at the press launch in Scotland – pictured!)
Mitchell, who is best known for playing the dour barman Boaby in TV comedy Still Game, will join Jason Donovan in the cast for the limited run of the show about a trio of drag artistes crossing the Australian desert in a bus called Priscilla.
He will play the role of Bob, the mechanic who helps the trio when Priscilla breaks down. He discovers he had seen one of the trio, Bernadette, when in Paris in his youth. Speaking at the Edinburgh launch of the show, Mitchell quipped: “I only play characters called Bob – is basically the way I have gone about it!”
“I am thrilled, absolutely thrilled,” he added. “I am really looking forward to it. It just looks as if it is going to be a terrific party. That soundtrack is great. Takes me back to many fun times when I used to DJ.”
All Edinburgh Theatre will publish an exclusive interview with Donovan and Mitchell at a later date.
Mitchell told Æ that he is taking a wee break from his usual pantomime role this year.
“It will be great, I am really excited to be on the east coast for a change,” he said. “I am slightly disappointed that I won’t be wearing any frocks. Normally I am frocked up in December. It is quite ironic to be involved in a show which involves so much drag and me not being in drag.
“It is quite odd, but it means I get out the door quicker for a change!”
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, EH1 3AA
Tuesday 15 December 2015 – Saturday 2 January 2016.
Tickets and details: Priscilla Queen of the Desert at Edinburgh Playhouse