1952, London Palladium
3rd November, 1952
Much was expected of this year's Royal Variety Performance and much attained, coming as it did as the first of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's reign. "This is the best show of all" was Her Majesty's verdict on the programme, which included a number of artistes making their Royal debut, among them the Beverley Sisters, singer Ian Wallace, and zany comedian Norman Wisdom. Tony Hancock was a particular hit with the Duke of Edinburgh in his sketch featuring a lieutenant-commander in the Royal Navy.
ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE
Held in the presence of
HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II
and HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH K.G.,K.T.
Presented by: Val Parnell
Musical Director: Woolf Phillips
Stage Director: Charles Henry
"Dance time" with THE VICTORIA PALACE TILLER GIRLS, THE THREE BARBOUR BROTHERS, MEDLOCK and MARLOWE.
BILLY COTTON and His Band
"Song Time" with THREE BEVERLEY SISTERS, DEEP RIVER BOYS, BILLIE WORTH, JEFF WARREN, DONALD BURR.
THE CRAZY GANG: GRACIE FIELDS with the ILFORD GIRLS CHOIR and the GEORGE CARDEN ENSEMBLE
WARREN, LATONA and SPARKS
"In Town Tonight" : TERRY-THOMAS, GERRY BRERETON, JOHN ELLISON, GEORGE CAMERON, TED RAY.
"Songs that made the Halls": ARTHUR ASKEY, MAX BYGRAVES, ZOE GAIL, REG DIXON, DEEP RIVER BOYS, PAT KIRKWOOD, JIMMY EDWARDS, JACK JACKSON, VERA LYNN, JEWEL & WARRISS, JOSEF LOCKE, JOY NICHOLS, TED RAY, FRED RUSSELL, MAURICE CHEVALIER, GRACIE FIELDS, THE CRAZY GANG, IAN WALLCE.
THE BAND OF HER MAJESTY'S COLDSTREAM GUARDS
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