Stand-up comic John Bishop will steer the good ship that is the Royal Variety Performance this year.
The show, which will air in December, contains a bumper crop of celebrities, with Gary Barlow, Olly Murs and Britain’s Got Talent winners Attraction performing.
In addition, Dame Edna Everage is to put her farewell tour on hold to drop in, plus the cast of West End musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will dazzle on stage with more acts to be added nearer the time.
Of hosting the show, held at the London Palladium, Bishop has said he “never imagined” he would get the chance.
“As a child, the Royal Variety Show was like the Grand National and the FA Cup final – it was something our family always watched – the only difference being that we didn’t bet on the winner,” Bishop joked.
He adds, “I trust my parents will be proud when they take their seats in the audience, although I have told my dad not to shout, ‘Come on Son.’ It’s not a match or horse race!”
Bishop follows fellow comedian David Walliams, who hosted the 100th anniversary last year. Whether the Queen herself will be in attendance this year has yet to be confirmed.
The event is staged in aid of the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund, which supports hundreds of entertainers throughout the UK, who need help and assistance.