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2008, London Palladium

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11th December, 2008
Palladium, London

In celebration of the 80th Performance, the Royal Variety Performance returned to its traditional home, the London Palladium.

Held in the presence of
HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE OF WALES
and

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL

Presented by: BBC Television
Senior Producer: Dominic Smith
Producer: Helen Tumbridge
Director: Richard Valentine
Musical Director: Martin Koch
Stage Director & Choreographer: Kim Gavin

2008 programme



pussycat dolls
PUSSYCAT DOLLS
The Pussycat Dolls are taking over the world, or as they call it ‘Doll Domination’.

michael mcintyre MICHAEL McINTYRE
Michael McIntyre is hailed as one of the best stand-up talents currently performing in the UK.
lion king LION KING
Now in its 10th triumphant year at London’s Lyceum Theatre, Disney’s award-winning musical ‘The Lion King’ remains one of the most sought-after tickets in the West End.
naturally seven NATURALLY SEVEN
Naturally 7 have to be seen to be believed. Using nothing but their voices to create every instrument, these seven guys from New York have wowed audiences globally.
duffy DUFFY
Since her debut album ‘Rockferry’, which entered the charts at number one, Duffy has sold over 1.3million copies in the UK and 3.5million copies worldwide, making her the biggest selling UK artist this year.
jimmy carr

JIMMY CARR
Jimmy is one of the most original and distinctive stars of British Comedy, having developed to perfection his unique brand of perfectly timed one-liners and deadpan delivery for which he has become so well known.

leona lewis
LEONA LEWIS
Since the release of Leona’s debut album, ‘Spirit’, back in November 2007 she has, quite literally, become a global phenomenon.
armstrong miller

ARMSTRONG AND MILLER
Armstrong & Miller should have met at Cambridge University, where they were both studying English and Natural Sciences respectively. Undeterred, they met a few years later at the TBA sketch comedy club in Notting Hill Gate.

george sampson

GEORGE SAMPSON
Since dancing his way to the top of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ in May 2008, George Sampson, the 15 year old from Warrington, has been propelled to popularity of Disney-heartthrob proportions.

rihanna
RIHANNA
At the tender age of 20, Rihanna, the Barbados-born beauty, has already earned the coveted title of international superstar.
peter kay

PETER KAY
It’ll be ten years since Peter first performed on The Royal Variety Performance. Since then, amongst other things, he has written, directed and starred in two series of the BAFTA-winning ‘Phoenix Nights’.

take that
TAKE THAT
Take That released their first single in 1991 and by the time they split in 1996, they had become the biggest-selling UK act since the Beatles, selling over 25million records.
brian may

BRIAN MAY & KERRY ELLIS
Brian’s belief in Kerry as “the most exciting singer to emerge from England in a very long time”, led to the two working together in the studio out of which came the recording of ‘Defying Gravity’ from ‘Wicked’.

kerry ellis BRIAN MAY & KERRY ELLIS
Kerry Ellis first worked with legendary Queen musician and songwriter Brian May when she originated the role of ‘Meat’ in the Queen & Ben Elton hit musical ‘We Will Rock You’.
rhod gilbert

RHOD GILBERT
Welsh comedy sensation Rhod Gilbert is firmly established as one of the UK’s leading stand-ups; performing at every major international comedy festival as well as for British troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

zorro ZORRO
In the heat of the Californian desert, a legend is born... Zorro is a thrilling combination of action, adventure, breathtaking sword fighting and aerial stunts, astounding stage magic, humour, passion and romance.
john barrowman

JOHN BARROWMAN
John Barrowman is an Entertainer with a capital E. John started his career in West End musical theatre, making his debut starring opposite Elaine Paige in ‘Anything Goes’.

les ballets
LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO
Dancing the fine line between high art and high camp, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the all-male comedy dance troupe, delights audiences around the world.
only men aloud

ONLY MEN ALOUD
In 2008 Only Men Aloud! shot to fame when they won what was to be the UK’s biggest choir competition to date: BBC1’s ‘Last Choir Standing’.

josh groban JOSH GROBAN
Since emerging just five years ago, classically trained pop vocalist Josh Groban is now established as one of the world’s most successful artists.
cliff richard CLIFF RICHARD & THE SHADOWS
Nearly 20 years since their last performance together, legendary Cliff Richard & The Shadows have re-united to celebrate their 50th anniversary in the music industry.
la cage aux follies LA CAGE AUX FOLLIES
The idyllic existence of Georges and the dazzling drag artiste Albin, star of the La Cage aux Folles club, is threatened when Georges’ son announces his engagement to the daughter of a right-wing politician.
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