Friday, April 23

Ben Richards from the Bill taking over from Jason Donovan in Priscilla

Ben Richards who plays PC Nate Roberts in the Bill is taking over on 1st June from Jason Donovan who is leaving Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Palace Theatre.  Donovan is involved in a huge arena tour of Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds later in the year playing the artilleryman.

Ben Richards is known for his television work also playing bullying Bruno Milligan in Footballers' Wives, but he started his career in musical theatre and has played in Guys And Dolls, Grease, The Full Monty and Saturday Night Fever - to name just a few.

In 2006 he was a judge on Strictly Dance Fever which was hosted by Graham Norton with choreographers Stacey Haynes, Arlene Phillips and Wayne Sleep. He appeared in Holby City in 2006 as physiotherapist Justin Fuller. He also appeared on Celebrity Stars in their Eyes as Ricky Martin.

Don Gallagher and Oliver Thornton will continue to play Bernadette and Adam in the show when Ben arrives to play the part of Tick.

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