We may earn commission from links on this page learn more

Rob Beckett, Romesh Ranganathan to host The Royal Variety Performance 2019

Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan will host The Royal Variety Performance 2019 it’s been confirmed.


Two of the UK’s best loved comedians Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan are to host this year’s Royal Variety Performance marking the first time in over thirty years two comedians have hosted together. As is tradition, the world’s longest running entertainment show will be held in the presence of members of the Royal Family.

The event will come from the iconic London Palladium, which is hosting for the 43rd time and air on TV in ITV in December.

The show promises to be an unforgettable evening of the best UK and international musical performers, extraordinary theatre and brilliant comedy as well as a number of surprises along the away.

Stars lined up to appear include international music sensation Rod Stewart, the cast of Mary Poppins in the West End and US composer and entertainer Harry Connick Jr.

Also taking to the stage is the much-celebrated and oldest ever winner of Britain’s Got Talent Colin Thackery, singer Emeli Sandé and Manchester’s Bee Vocal choir, Lewis Capaldi and Mabel, Hollywood star Luke Evans, comedy act Flo and Joan and a performance from the cast of Come From Away.

Further performances will come from Cirque Du Soleil’s Luzia, West End show Groan Ups, and comics Kerry Godliman and Frank Skinner.


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.”

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.”

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 on ITV in December.