Home » Royal Variety Performance official website » Archive


The history of the Royal Variety Performance is truly fascinating; 86 shows over 101 years provides not only a wonderful history of the support given to the EABF 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 Girlsfrom Bob Hope to Peter Kay, from Tommy Cooper to Harry Hillfrom Shirley Bassey to Lady Gaga...the list of legendary performers is incredible, fascinating and endless.

Click on one of the shows below:

RVP 86
RVP 85

RVP 84
RVP 83

RVP 82
RVP 81
RVP 80
RVP 79
RVP 78
RVP 77
RVP 76
RVP 75
RVP 74
RVP 73
RVP 72
RVP 71
RVP 70
RVP 69
RVP 68
RVP 67
RVP 66
RVP 65
RVP 64
RVP 63
RVP 62
RVP 61
RVP 60
RVP 59
RVP 58
RVP 57
RVP 56
RVP 55
RVP 54
RVP 53
RVP 52
RVP 51
RVP 50
RVP 49
RVP 48
RVP 47
RVP 46
RVP 45
RVP 44

RVP 43
RVP 42
RVP 41

RVP 40
RVP 39
RVP 38
RVP 37
RVP 36
RVP 35
RVP 34
RVP 33
RVP 32
RVP 31
RVP 30
RVP 29
RVP 28
RVP 27
RVP 26
RVP 25
RVP 24
RVP 23
RVP 22
RVP 21
RVP 20
RVP 19
RVP 18
RVP 17
RVP 16
RVP 15
RVP 14
RVP 13
RVP 12
RVP 11
RVP 10
RVP 09
RVP 08
RVP 07
RVP 06
RVP 05
RVP 04
RVP 03
RVP 02
RVP 01

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: We are missing original copies of Royal Variety Performance programmes from the years 1925 and 1932. Should you have one of these programmes, or know of the whereabouts of one, please contact, Giles Cooper, Chairman of the EABF on 020 8898 8164.

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.

Quick Links

  • With a team of 64 staff, Brinsworth House is a dual registered nursing home for members of the entertainment profession... read more

    Facilities at Brinsworth

  • The history of the Royal Variety Performance is breathtaking; 80 shows over 100 years; a feat unsurpassed... read more

    Royal Variety Archive

  • Please make a donation to the EABF by visiting this page. All major credit and debit cards are accepted.......... read more

    Please make a donation