Life’s a drag for Blue’s Duncan James as he takes to the Sunderland stage

Blue's Duncan James with Priscilla Queen of the Desert gumbies Adam Lyons and Martin Harding at the Sunderland Empire.
Blue's Duncan James with Priscilla Queen of the Desert gumbies Adam Lyons and Martin Harding at the Sunderland Empire.
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See a top popstar as you’ve never seen him before as he brings a camp classic to the Sunderland stage.

Sunderland Empire is one of the first theatres in the country to host the new tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, with Blue’s Duncan James at the helm.

He’ll be taking to the stage all this week in full feathery regalia for the hit show, which tells the story of a trio of drag queens as they travel Australia in a battered bus.

Based on the hit film of the same name, it has a dancefloor filling score, which includes Say a Little Prayer, Go West, Hot Stuff and Always on My Mind.

Duncan, who shot to fame with boyband Blue and had hits with One Love and All Rise, said dancing in heels has taken some getting used to, but that he’s looking forward to seeing what Wearside audiences think of his portrayal of Tick.

The singer and actor, who’s performed countless times in the North East as one quarter of Blue, said: “I love coming up north, the audiences always let their hair down, and you can feel that when you perform.

“I love acting and it’s got some great moments in it with Tick and his son.

“The dancing is something I struggled with in rehearsals. I did boyband dance moves from the age of 20 to 37, but now I have to do everything in a feminine way.”

Duncan is no stranger to the stage. His stage credits include playing Warner Huntington III in the West End production of Legally Blonde, and Billy Flynn in Chicago. He was also a finalist on ITV1’s Dancing on Ice.

Joining him in the lead roles are Simon Green as Bernadette, Adam Bailey as Felicia and Philip Childs as Bob.

Since opening in Australia to a sell-out two-year run, the show has racked up awards all over the world, including prestigious Olivier and Tony Awards.

•Priscilla Queen of the Desert is at Sunderland Empire until Saturday.

•To read a review of the show click here