7th December, 2008
His Royal Highness The Prince Of Wales
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
In celebration of the 80th Performance, the Royal Variety Performance returned to its traditional home, the London Palladium.
The Pussycat Dolls are taking over the world, or as they call it ‘Doll Domination’.
Michael McIntyre is hailed as one of the best stand-up talents currently performing in the UK.
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 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.
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 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.
Since the release of Leona’s debut album, ‘Spirit’, back in November 2007 she has, quite literally, become a global phenomenon.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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 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’.
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.
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 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’.
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.
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’.
Since emerging just five years ago, classically trained pop vocalist Josh Groban is now established as one of the world’s most successful artists.
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.
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.
11th December, 2008