I was given a complimentary ticket to a preview performance of Priscilla for tonight and it turned out to be very "special". After waiting for a long time to even get into the theatre we waited a little longer for the show to start. Simon Phillips (Director) then got up and gave a funny introduction, explaining that they hadn't yet had an uninterrupted run, describing the task of getting the Priscilla set into the Regent as similar to that of squeezing an elephant into a Volkswagen.
The show then started and seemed to be going really well until at the end of the second number, stage managers appeared from P & OP and motioned for the actors to get offstage. Jeremy Stanford (Tick), having just completed "I've never been to me" and still in character, then told us that something had blown up back stage and also turned and walked off. I thought it was part of the act until the house lights came up and the curtain came down. The voice over then instructed us to make our way to the nearest exit and another curtain descended with the words "Safety curtain" (I think) on it.
At this point I assumed some sort of fire was needing to be extinguished. We were outside the theatre much faster than we got in and were directed to walk down to Centennial Square. At that point Simon Phillips was on his feet again, this time on a café table, where he announced that the cause of the evacuation was that the theatre had received a "bomb threat" (religious fundamentalists, no doubt). He told us that the theatre would be checked and we would be able to return to and see the rest of the show in 20 mins.
Alas, some 30 mins later, we're told that the show wouldn't be going ahead tonight but that we could get tickets to any of the upcoming previews (Hmmm, which one of my free nights between now and October 5 will I choose?). To top that off, when I got back to my car I had $55 parking ticket because I misread the sign. Oh well, every bus has a silver lining; the cast and production team hadn't seen the program before and while we were all killing time at Centennial Square I managed to get most of them to sign my copy which I had picked up earlier for a mere $20.
Friday 10th May 2013 8pm
Saturday 11th May 2013 2pm & 8pm
Friday 17th May 2013 8pm
Saturda 18th May 2013 2pm & 8pm
Friday 24th May 2013 8pm
Saturday 25th May 2013 2pm & 8pm