The Royal Variety Performance

The Royal Variety Performance
Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

The first time the Queen attended this event as monarch back in 1952, the Beverley Sisters and Norman Wisdom were on the bill.

This year’s show (the 34th she’s sat through since then) is hosted
by David Walliams from London’s Royal Albert Hall, and it’s a special occasion, marking the 100th anniversary of the Royal Variety Performance.

Music comes from One Direction, Girls Aloud, Kylie Minogue and Robbie Williams, with a spectacular duet from Plácido Domingo and Katherine Jenkins. Rhod Gilbert and Bill Bailey represent the world of comedy, while Cuba’s Ballet Revolucion get the party started with their explosive choreography.

Of course one act the corgi-loving Queen will no doubt be watching closely is Britain’s Got Talent winners Ashleigh and Pudsey.

About this programme

From the Royal Albert Hall, David Walliams hosts the 100th edition of the annual event in the presence of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, featuring a star-studded line-up of entertainers, singers and comedians. Music comes from Robbie Williams, Girls Aloud, One Direction, Rod Stewart, Kylie Minogue, Neil Diamond, Alicia Keys, Andrea Bocelli, Placido Domingo and Katherine Jenkins, and Amanda Holden introduces a celebratory performance from Britain's Got Talent favourites Diversity, Spelbound, Paul Potts and Stavros Flatley. Also on stage are this year's BGT winners Ashleigh and Pudsey, and the cast of hit musical Matilda. The evening's comedy is provided by Alan Carr, Rhod Gilbert, Bruce Forsyth, Ronnie Corbett, Bill Bailey, Bradley Walsh, Jimmy Tarbuck and Des O'Connor.

Cast and crew

Cast

Host
David Walliams
Performer
Alan Carr
Performer
Alicia Keys
Performer
Amanda Holden
Performer
Andrea Bocelli
Performer
Ashleigh and Pudsey
Performer
Ballet Revolucion
Performer
Bill Bailey
Performer
Bradley Walsh
Performer
Des O'Connor
Performer
Diversity
Performer
Girls Aloud
Performer
Heather Headley
Performer
Jimmy Tarbuck
Performer
Katherine Jenkins
Performer
Kylie Minogue
Performer
Neil Diamond
Performer
Nicola Benedetti
Performer
One Direction
Performer
Paul Potts
Performer
Placido Domingo
Performer
Rhod Gilbert
Performer
Robbie Williams
Performer
Rod Stewart
Performer
Ronnie Corbett
Performer
Bruce Forsyth
Performer
Spelbound
Performer
Stavros Flatley

Crew

Director
Richard Valentine
Executive Producer
Fiona Clark
Executive Producer
Lee Connolly
Executive Producer
John Kaye Cooper
Producer
Christian Fletcher
Categories
Music