Andrew Lloyd Webber, Gary Barlow, Cabaret, Newsies set to perform
ITV has announced details of this year’s Royal Variety Performance, coming to the Royal Albert Hall on 1 December 2022.
Comedian and actor Lee Mack is set to host the event, in the presence of members of the Royal Family.
The evening promises to be a spectacular celebration featuring exceptional performers, world class theatre, outstanding singers and hilarious British comedy.
In honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s long association with The Royal Variety Performance there will be a celebration on the night, with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, award-winning singer-songwriter Gary Barlow and musician Gareth Malone, accompanied by members of the London Youth Choir, performing a special version of ‘Sing’.
Stars lined up to appear are Disco Soul R&B stars Nile Rodgers & Chic, Brit Award winner George Ezra, multi award-winner Ellie Goulding, Eurovision star and singer Sam Ryder, and pop star Becky Hill.
In terms of West End shows, multi-Olivier Award winner Cabaret will take to the stage with an exclusive performance, and Disney’s Newsies will perform an extract from the Tony award-winning musical, which opens in London later this month.
Returning to the Royal Variety Performance stage will be Cirque Du Soleil, with their latest show KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities, which runs at the Royal Albert Hall from January 2023.
Also Hollywood star Rita Wilson and Grammy Award winner Gregory Porter will perform a duet, plus Frank Skinner, David Baddiel and The Lightning Seeds entertain the audience with a very special rendition of their hit ‘Three Lions’.
The evening will also feature the German duo The Ehrlich Brothers, a classical piece from soprano Fatma Said, a performance from Giffords Circus, and comedy from Al Murray – The Pub Landlord, Maisie Adam, Omid Djalili and this year’s Britain’s Got Talent winner Axel Blake.
Lee Mack said in a press statement: “I was actually going to buy tickets for this year’s Royal Variety Performance, so not only is it a real honour to be asked to host it, it’s also saved me a few quid. I now just have to work out the logistics of introducing these brilliant acts and also rushing back to my seat to watch them.”
The event is staged in aid of the Royal Variety Charity, and the money raised from the show helps those people from the world of entertainment in need of care and assistance.
The Royal Variety Performance is presented annually in aid of the Royal Variety Charity; the first show was staged in 1912 when His Majesty King George V and Her Majesty Queen Mary attended the first ‘Royal Performance.’ Her Majesty The Queen was the charity’s patron before her death in September 2022.
This year’s official Aftershow Party will be held at the Natural History Museum.
The show takes place at the Royal Albert Hall on 1 December 2022, and will be screened on ITV later in the month.
Updated: The Royal Variety Performance 2022 will be screened by ITV on 20 December 2022, at 8pm on ITV1.