Royal Variety Performance 2008: all-star line-up unveiled for 80th anniversary show on BBC One
A host of celebrities and artists from the worlds of music,
comedy and theatre come together for the annual highlight of the
showbiz calendar, the Royal Variety Performance.
80th anniversary, this year's show will be returning to the
iconic London Palladium on Thursday 11 December 2008 to be
performed in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince
of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.
Headlining for 2008 will be pop heart throbs Take That, cementing
their place as the UK's comeback kings, with what is promised to
be a sensational performance.
Temperatures are set to soar this winter with performances to
remember from the sexiest girl group around, the Pussycat Dolls,
with a medley of their sassiest hits.
Ready to take a bow will be
r'n'b Umbrella diva Rihanna, and international singing sensation
Leona Lewis makes her Royal debut, as does glamorous Welsh soul
Hoping to top his now legendary Singin' In The Rain will be
Britain's Got Talent winner, 15-year-old George Sampson, with a
brand new dance routine.
Housewives' favourite and Torchwood's
suave Captain Jack, John Barrowman, will return to the stage and
American music sensation Naturally 7 are set to amaze with their
distinct acapella performance.
Pop veterans Cliff Richard and The Shadows will reform especially
for the show as they prepare to celebrate their 50th anniversary;
and performing a one-off duet will be multi Grammy-nominated
singer-songwriter Josh Groban and BBC Last Choir Standing victors
Only Men Aloud.
From the world of theatre and dance the best of the West End will
come together for one night only with Jersey Boys taking us
through the rags-to-rock-to-riches tale of Frankie Valli and The
The cast of Zorro will be bringing to life the
legend of the masked Spanish hero and, celebrating its 10th year
in the West End, Disney's The Lion King will dazzle us with the
sights and sounds of the African Savanna.
Also set for centre
stage and currently winning rave reviews is La Cage Aux Folles.
There will also be what promises to be a roof-raising live
performance from legendary Queen guitarist Brian May and Kerry
Ellis fresh from Broadway and the multi-award-winning Wicked.
Completing the show's theatrical line-up is the extraordinary Les
Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo, the ballet troupe with a
The nation's much-loved comedian Peter Kay returns to the Royal
Variety Performance after a decade away with his Irish talent
show-winning alter ego Geraldine McQueen.
Other top comedy at this year's performance will come from award-winning comic Jimmy Carr, banter merchant Michael McIntyre and
funny man Rhod Gilbert.
Double act Armstrong and Miller will also
be performing a one-off sketch featuring characters from their
beautifully observed and completely barmy BAFTA-nominated comedy
The Royal Variety Performance is an annual charity event in aid
of the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund and will be shown
on BBC One in December.
Front Desk Publicity