There isn't a show in the history of show-business, nor indeed in the history of television, that compares to the Royal Variety Performance; 81 shows over almost 100 years is a feat unsurpassed, and the very best in entertainment from around the globe has been presented year after year since the show's origins in 1912. The quality and diversity of legendary performers over the years is both extraordinary and breathtaking; visit our huge Archive for a full list and view the original show programmes. The Royal Variety Performance continues to thrive to this day, forming a major part of the entertainment industry's annual calendar with a worldwide TV audience of over 150 million.
Recorded on 28/11/1994 at the Dominion Theatre. Compère: Cilla Black. Bruce Forsyth, Ria Jones, Laine Theatre Arts Dancers, Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts Choir, Ronnie Corbett, The Passing Zone, Lulu, Billy Pearce, the cast of Oliver!, Dame Shirley Bassey, Gary Wilmot, Jim Tavare, Gareth Rowan, Clive Anderson, Angela Gheorghiu, Viviana Durante and Zoltan Solymosi, Frank Skinner, Tony Bennett, Terry Wogan, the cast of Riverdance, Take That.
Recorded on 20/11/1995 at the Dominion Theatre. Compère: Des O'Connor. Carol Kenyon, Bruce Forsyth, Allan Stewart, Robson & Jerome, The Pendragons, Mack & Mabel, Alistair McGowan, Marvin Hamlisch, Bob Downe, Elaine Paige, Cirque du Soleil, Hale and Pace, the cast of Riverdance, Joe Pasquale, Jolson - Brian Conley, Cliff Richard.
Recorded on 28/10/1996 at the Dominion Theatre. Compère: Des O'Connor. Bob Monkhouse, Moscow State Circus, David Strassman, Eternal, Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson, Robson & Jerome, Steve Coogan, Victor Borge, Joaquín Cortés, Brian Conley, Jim Davidson, Vik and Fabrini, Darcey Bussell and Jonathon Cope, Joan Rivers, Martin Guerre, Jackie Mason, Tom Jones, the cast of The Brittas Empire.
Recorded on 01/12/1997 at the Victoria Palace Theatre. Compère: Des O'Connor. Chicago featuring Ruthie Henshall, Henry Goodman, Ute Lemper and Nigel Planer, Joe Pasquale, Enya, Barbara Cook and Michael Ball, Jonathan Ross, Andy Leach, Stephen Mulhern, Andy Ford, Lydia Griffiths, Vladimir, Fame – The Musical, Dr Trevor James, Andi Peters, Spice Girls, Aleggria House Troupe, Harry Hill, Michael Bolton, Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake featuring Adam Cooper and Scott Ambler, Jim Davidson, Celine Dion.
Paulette Ivory, Laine Theatre Arts Dancers, Lily Savage, B*Witched, Peter Kay, Ulrika Jonsson, Eclipse, Oklahoma!, Jim Tavaré, Martine McCutcheon, Ronan Keating, Stephen Gately, Barry Manilow, Annie - the Musical, Phil Cool, Boyzone, Rambert Dance Company, Ennio Marchetto, Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu, Stomp, Spice Girls.
The Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Jean Butler and Colin Dunne, The Corrs, Steps, Bradley Walsh, Billy Geraghty, Paul Zerdin, Charlotte Church, Ed Byrne, Westlife, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Ken Dodd, The Shaolin Monks, Terry Alderton, Andrea Bocelli, LeAnn Rimes, Joe Pasquale, Barry Manilow.
Hey Pachuco - Martin Crewes and the RVP Dancers, Jane McDonald, Ben Elton, Kylie Minogue, Blast! (musical), Jane Horrocks, Julian Clary, Martin Clunes, Omagh Community youth choir, Mark Williams, Cirque du Soleil, Tim Vine, Ronan Keating, The King and I, Elaine Paige, Notre Dame de Paris, Ronnie Corbett, Dame Shirley Bassey, African Footprint, Richard Stilgoe and Peter Skellern, Star for a Night - Celestine Walcott-Gordon, Bryn Terfel, Dominic Holland, Lionel Richie, The Beautiful Game, Westlife.
Julian Clary, Hear'Say, Jethro, Cher, Anatoliy Zalevsky, Adam Watkiss, Samantha Mumba, Vinnie Jones, Charlotte Church and Robert Meadmore, Alessandro Safina, Denise van Outen, Donny Osmond, Jon Culshaw, Craig David, The Full Monty, Cirque du Soleil, Al Murray - The Pub Landlord, The Corrs, Russell Watson, Jennifer Lopez, Gypsy: A Musical Fable, Jackie Mason, Elton John.
Bond the legend, Will Young, Liberty X, Paul Zerdin, Shania Twain, Stomp, Men in Coats, Diana Krall and Natalie Cole, Bombay Dreams, Jimmy Carr, Kylie Minogue, Our House, Lee Mack, Elaine Stritch, Contact, Omid Djalili, Enrique Iglesias, Bob Monkhouse, Gareth Gates, Ronan Keating, Anastacia.
Strathclyde Police Pipe Band, Scottish Power Pipe Band, The Drambuie Kirklston Pipe Band, Laine Theatre Arts Dancers, Flur na H-alba, Rachel Stevens, Ronnie Corbett, Daniel Bedingfield, The Oriental Swan (Hua Wong, Chen Wen and Wen Xiaoyan), Busted, Danny Bhoy, Hayley Westenra, Donny Osmond, Gloria Estefan, Al Murray - The Pub Landlord, Jamie Cullum, Katie Melua, Cirque du Soleil, Westlife, Luciano Pavarotti.
Shane Richie, Natasha Kaplinsky, Funny Girls, Jamelia, Jimmy Carr, Brian McFadden and Delta Goodrem, Round the Horne Revisited, Girls Aloud, The Producers, Josh Groban, Ennio Marchetto, Michael Bublé, Lemar, Elton John, Billy Elliot the Musical, Dara Ó Briain, Royal Variety Dancers and Capital Voices, Denise van Outen, David Omer and Yamil Borges, Will Smith, Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne, Gwen Stefani, Liza Minnelli, English National Opera, Cliff Richard.
"Seventy-six Trombones" led by Bradley Walsh, Blue Man Group, Katherine Jenkins, Catherine Tate, Charlotte Church, Joe Pasquale, Guys and Dolls, The Skating Willers, Il Divo, Alan Carr, Will Young, Funny Girls, Andre Portasio, Cliff Richard, Ozzy Osbourne, Nicola Benedetti, Tomasz Reichelt, Caesar Twins, Dave Spikey, McFly, Andrea Bocelli and Bryn Terfel, Dame Shirley Bassey.
John Barrowman with The Puppini Sisters and Capital Voices, the cast of Spamalot, Omid Djalili, the cast of The Sound of Music, Sugababes, Meat Loaf, Jamelia, David and Dania, Jason Byrne, Take That, the cast of Wicked, Barry Manilow, the cast of Avenue Q, James Morrison, Jump, Ken Dodd, Rod Stewart, Michael McIntyre.
The Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band, Seal, Viva la Diva (Katherine Jenkins and Darcey Bussell), Al Murray - The Pub Landlord, Enrique Iglesias, Big Howard, Little Howard, the cast of Hairspray, James Blunt, Russell Brand, English National Ballet, Raymond Crowe, David Jordan, MOMIX - The White Widow, Paul Potts, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Bon Jovi, Lang Lang, Kanye West, Joan Rivers, Dany Daniel & Edina, Teatro, Stephen K. Amos, Philip Achille, Jimmy Tarbuck, Natasha Day
Jimmy Carr, Brian May and Kerry Ellis, John Barrowman, Josh Groban, Leona Lewis, Rhod Gilbert, Rihanna, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Armstrong and Miller, The Pussycat Dolls, Naturally 7, Duffy, Take That, Only Men Aloud!, George Sampson, Michael McIntyre, Geraldine McQueen, Cliff Richard and The Shadows, the West End casts of Jersey Boys, La Cage Aux Folles, The Lion King and Zorro
Michael Bublé, Alexandra Burke, Hal Cruttenden, Miley Cyrus, Diversity, Adam Hills, Lady Gaga, Bob Golding as Eric Morecambe, Roy Walker Les 7 Doigts de la Main, Katherine Jenkins, Paddy McGuinness, Jason Manford, Pilobolus featuring the music of David Poe, Mika, Bette Midler accompanied by Jake Shimabukuro, André Rieu, Faryl Smith and The Soldiers, Paul Zerdin, the Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band, the cast of Sister Act the Musical, with Whoopi Goldberg and the cast of Here Come the Girls (Anastacia, Lulu and Chaka Khan).
This year's Royal Variety Performance was held at the London Palladium on Thursday December 9th. Hosted by Michael McIntyre, acts included Take That, Cheryl Cole, Kylie Minogue, Ray Davies, Jamie Cullum and Lee Mack, amongst many, many others.
This year’s Royal Variety Performance is notable for a couple of firsts. It is the first time in the event’s 99-year history that it has been held in Salford and the first time in 20 years that it hasn’t been attended by either the Queen or the Prince of Wales. Whether or not these two things are related has been a matter of some conjecture. But it also marks the first outing under ITV1’s exclusive ten-year deal to screen the show, after years of playing tag-team with the BBC.
Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Girls Aloud, Rod Stewart, Katherine Jenkins, Neil Diamond, Ashleigh and Pudsey, Andrea Bocelli, Alicia Keys, Rhod Gilbert, Bill Bailey and Matilda the Musical
Recorded on 13/11/2015 at the Royal Albert Hall. Compère: Jack Whitehall. Beverley Knight, Brandon Flowers, Chris Ramsey, Cirque du Soleil, The Corrs, Sir Elton John, Jeff Lynne's ELO, Josh Groban, Jules, Matisse & Friends, Kacey Musgraves, Kylie Minogue, Little Mix, the cast of Mary Poppins, Matt Forde, One Direction, The Play That Goes Wrong, Ricky Martin and Romesh Ranganathan
Comedian, actor and children’s author David Walliams is to host The Royal Variety Performance 2016 in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince Of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, from one of the most iconic and well loved live venues in the UK, the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith. David will introduce the legendary Barry Gibb and Sting, superstars Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams, the award winning Sheridan Smith and Emeli Sandé, plus this years magical Britain’s Got Talent winner Lance Corporal Richard Jones. The cast of The Beatles Cirque Du Soleil’s LOVE show will be flying in from Las Vegas for a special anniversary performance, there will also be sneak previews from the casts of Gershwin’s classic musical An American In Paris and Gary Barlow’s The Girls which both open in the West End early next year. Diversity return to the stage where they first auditioned for BGT and there is comedy from Joe Lycett, Alan Davies and Rob Beckett. More show-stopping numbers are provided by Amber Riley star of the Tony Awards winning musical Dreamgirls, One Republic, DNCE, ABC and McFly’s Tom Fletcher who will be premiering his new book The Christmasaurus with an enchanting one off performance. David said: “I’m very honoured and excited to be hosting the Royal Variety Performance. I was lucky enough to host back in 2012 so will be looking forward to another fabulous evening with huge talent.“ The show promises to be an unforgettable evening of the best UK and international musical performers, extraordinary theatre, and brilliant comedy as well as a number of sensational surprises. The event is staged in aid of the Royal Variety Charity (formerly the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund), whose patron is Her Majesty The Queen. The money raised from the show helps those people from the world of entertainment in need of care and assistance. The star studded spectacular will take place on Tuesday 6th December and will be screened on ITV in December. It will be produced by ITV Studios. The 2016 Royal Variety Performance is commissioned by Head of Comedy Entertainment, Peter Davey, ITV and executive produced by ITV Studios’ Lee Connolly and Fiona Clark.
Hosted by Miranda Hart, an unforgettable evening of the best UK and international musical performers, extraordinary theatre and brilliant comedy as well as a number of surprises along the away.
It was held at the London Palladium has been home to the Royal Variety Performance more than any other venue, hosting the gala 40 times over the decades. Since its inception, the Royal Variety Performance has been watched by over 152 million TV viewers worldwide, making it the most successful and longest-running entertainment show in the world.