The history of the Royal Variety Performance is truly fascinating; 87shows over 103 years provides not only a wonderful history of the support given to the Royal Variety Charity by senior members of the Royal Family, but also serves as a breathtaking chronological history of the very best in entertainment from around the globe, year by year.....
...from Sir Edward Elgar to Luciano Pavarotti, from The Beatles to Take That, from Laurel & Hardy to Morecambe & Wise, from Tony Hancock to Russell Brand, from Aretha Franklin to Leona Lewis, from Sammy Davis Jnr. to Michael Jackson, from Duke Ellington to Sir Elton John, from Liberace to the Spice Girls, from Bob Hope to Peter Kay, from Tommy Cooper to Harry Hill, from Shirley Bassey to Lady Gaga...the list of legendary performers is incredible, fascinating and endless.
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2013, London Palladium
2012, London, Royal Albert Hall
2011, Manchester, The Lowry
2010, London Palladium
2009, Blackpool Opera House
1956. The Royal Variety Performance that never was.
Perhaps it was just as well that 1955 had two Royal Variety Performances, for the 1956 one has gone down in history as the Royal Variety Performance that never was. All the performers and theatre staff were busy in rehearsals, when Val Parnell called a halt to make an announcement, 4 hours before curtain-up......more.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have a copy of a Royal Variety programme pre 1980, we will always consider buying good copies and using them for fundraising auctions. Should you have a progamme that you want to sell or donate to the charity, please contact, Giles Cooper, Chairman of the Royal Variety Charity by clicking here.
We are constantly striving to improve this official online documentation of the show's fabulous history. If you have any memories, footage, or photographs of any previous Royal Variety Performance, we would love to hear from you.
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Royal Variety Archive
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