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'RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under' Is Sashaying Its Way Around Australia This Spring

The long-awaited local version of the hit series is taking its ten contestants on the road.
By Sarah Ward
May 17, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
May 17, 2021
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Twelve years after RuPaul's Drag Race first sashayed its way onto US television, viewers Down Under have finally been gifted a local version. Currently streaming via Stan, RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under is exactly what it sounds like — the hit series, still hosted by RuPaul, but featuring Australian and New Zealand drag queens. And, if you'd like to see more of this year's competitors, you'll be able to head along to the program's new live stage show.

All ten of this year's drag queens will be hitting up Sydney's Hordern Pavilion, Melbourne's Palais Theatre, Perth's Crown Theatre, Brisbane's QPAC and Canberra's Canberra Theatre as part of RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under Live on Stage. It too is rather self-explanatory, and it'll obviously have quite the cast when it hits the road this September.

If you've been watching the TV series, you'll already know which contenders have been strutting their stuff for drag supremacy. The lineup spans seven Australians and three New Zealanders, including Art Simone from Geelong, Melbourne's Karen from Finance, and Sydney's Coco Jumbo, Etecetera Etcetera and Maxi Shield. Newcastle's Jojo Zaho and Perth's Scarlet Adams round out the Aussie queens, while Auckland's Kita Mean, Anita Wigl'it and Elektra Shock comprise the NZ contingent.

RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE DOWN UNDER LIVE ON STAGE TOUR DATES:

Saturday, September 18 — Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Tuesday, September 21 — QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane
Thursday, September 23 — Crown Theatre, Perth
Saturday, September 25 — The Palais, Melbourne
Tuesday, September 28 — Canberra Theatre, Canberra

RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under Live on Stage will tour Australia from September 18–28. For further details —  and to buy pre-sale tickets from 12pm on Friday, May 21 and general tickets from 12pm on Monday, May 24 — head to the Live Nation website.

Published on May 17, 2021 by Sarah Ward

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