David Walliams is to host The Royal Variety Performance 2012 at the magnificent Royal Albert Hall.
This year 2012 will mark the 100th anniversary of The Royal Variety Performance in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.
David Walliams will preside over the show, which promises to be an unforgettable evening of the best UK and international musical, comedy and variety performances.
David Walliams said: "I am honoured to be presenting the Royal Variety Show this year. It is a show that I have watched every year from a very young age, and never dreamed I would be one day be a part of it. The line-up is out of this world."
The very best of British talent and an international galaxy of stars from around the world of entertainment line-up to appear on the show including:
International music sensation Rod Stewart, music icon Neil Diamond, Britain’s Got Talent winners Ashleigh and Pudsey, Brit Award winners Girls Aloud, pop sensation Kylie Minogue, superstar Robbie Williams, opera legend Andrea Bocelli, multi Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys, comedians Rhod Gilbert and Bill Bailey, an extract from the Seven Olivier Award-winning Matilda The Musical and the eagerly anticipated musical ‘The Bodyguard’, plus a spectacular duet from tenor Plácido Domingo and operatic singer Katherine Jenkins.
This star-studded spectacular will take place on the 19th November and be screened on ITV1 in early December. It will be produced by ITV Studios.
As is customary, the event is staged in aid of the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund, whose patron is Her Majesty The Queen. The money will help to maintain Brinsworth House in Twickenham, Middlesex – the entertainers’ retirement and nursing home which is run by the EABF.
The 2012 Royal Variety Performance is commissioned by ITV’s Controller of Entertainment John Kaye Cooper and executive produced by ITV Studios’ Lee Connolly and Fiona Clark.