Replacing last year's host Greg Davies.
As is tradition, the world’s longest running entertainment show will be held in the presence of members of the Royal Family in the iconic London Palladium on Monday 18th November. There'll be performances from Rod Stewart who is celebrating fifty years as a solo artist, Harry Connick Jr who makes his Royal Variety debut and the cast of multi award-winning musical Mary Poppins.
Plus music from Lewis Capaldi, Mabel, Luke Evans and the latest winner of Britain’s Got Talent Colin Thackery as well as Emeli Sandé who'll be performing a unique collaboration with Manchester’s Bee Vocal choir to inspire those experiencing mental health difficulties.
And comedy from double act Flo and Joan, Kerry Godliman and Frank Skinner plus live performances from the Tony and Olivier award winning musical Come From Away, Cirque Du Soleil’s Luzia and Groan Ups.
Speaking about hosting the evening, Rob Beckett said “I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to be hosting The Royal Variety Performance with one of my best friends and best comedians in the country Romesh Ranganathan. My Mum and Dad love Rod Stewart more than me and can’t wait to see him perform. Fingers crossed they will stay and watch me and Rom host the rest of the show once Rod has finished his set.”
Whilst Romesh Ranganathan added “It is obviously amazing to be asked to host The Royal Variety Performance. Being asked to do so alongside Rob Beckett is both exciting as well as slightly taking the gloss off the honour.”
The event is staged in aid of the Royal Variety Charity, whose Patron is Her Majesty The Queen. The money raised from the show helps those people from the world of entertainment in need of care and assistance in the United Kingdom.
Giles Cooper, Chairman of the Royal Variety Charity said: “The Royal Variety Charity is grateful to all the performers who are giving their time freely to support the charity at our main fundraising event of the year.”
“The Royal Variety Performance enables the charity to continue our work supporting those within the entertainment industries throughout the United Kingdom and to maintain our residential and care home, Brinsworth House, in Twickenham.”
The Royal Variety Performance 2019 will air in December on ITV