A STRICTLY champion will come aboard the 'Queen of the Desert' in Rhyl this September.

Jason Donovan's revival of Aussie LGBTQ classic, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, has netted Holby City star Joe McFadden for six nights at the Rhyl Pavilion.

Based on the 1994 film of the same name starring Donovan's former Neighbours co-star, Guy Pearce, as well as Hugo Weaving and Terence Stamp, Priscilla follows the hilarious and flamboyant adventure of three friends – Felicia Jollygoodfellow, Mitzi Del Bra and Bernadette Bassenger – who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for Alice Springs to stage the show of a lifetime.

Guiding first time producer Donovan and the 2017 Strictly Come Dancing winner in the role of Mitzi is Mark Goucher productions, the team behind the critically-acclaimed West End and UK tour productions of Hairspray and Fame.

McFadden said: “I’m over the moon to be taking on this new and exciting challenge in a musical that I have been a massive fan of for such a long time.

"I’m looking forward to working with this wonderful production team, including Jason whose guidance I feel especially lucky to have given his previous experience with the production. I can’t wait to take the Priscilla bus on the road and have a bonzer time making the role my own.”

Jason Donovan said: “So pleased to announce Joe be starring in our production. He’s a down to earth, talented guy who will bring enormous warmth to the role of Mitzi. I can’t wait to see him in heels doing those dance routines.... Awesome.”

The iconic hit musical has more glitter than ever before, featuring a dazzling array of stunning costumes, fabulous feathers and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics including It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive, I Love The Nightlife, Finally and many more.

The Queen of the Desert begins its six day journeyat The Pavilion from Monday, September 23 until Saturday 28, 2019 at 7.30pm along with a 2.30pm matinee performance on the Saturday.

Tickets start at £28.50 are available at rhylpavilion.co.uk or by telephoning the box office on 01745 330000.