Richard Grieve has revealed he is delighted to finally be starring on stage in Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical after Jason Donovan originally pipped him to the post.

Richard – best known for his role as Jonny Foster in Emmerdale – has just joined the cast as single father Tic in the West End show, and while he admits the make-up, costumes and dancing are hard work, he’s delighted to be involved.

Richard, who has also starred in Neighbours and Home and Away, explained: “For me it had a very personal resonance, I have quite a history with it. I worked with the director many years ago back in Australia, he gave me a bit of a break after I’d been working in television. And I worked with the choreographer on my first professional job when I was about 19.

“Then when they were holding auditions for the first time in the UK I went along, and I did about seven call backs to the point where they made me up in drag and I was really thinking, ‘This could come through’. But then they offered it to Jason Donovan.

“So I was always thinking when Jason leaves the production that might be my turn then. Then Ben Richards was offered the role and I found myself thinking, ‘Is it ever going to happen for me, am I ever going to play that part?’

“And then I was offered it this time. Third time lucky. So by then I was just raring to go.”

Priscilla is showing at London’s Palace Theatre until 7 January 2012 and another production has just opened on Broadway.

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