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The Royal Variety Performance 2021 air date - when is it on TV and who's performing

Host Alan Carr arrives on stage at the Royal Albert Hall. Picture: (C) ITV. Photographer: Matt Frost
Host Alan Carr arrives on stage at the Royal Albert Hall. Picture: (C) ITV. Photographer: Matt Frost

Alan Carr will take charge of The Royal Variety Performance in 2021 – here’s when it’s on TV and who’s on the line up!

The presenter and comic hosts the annual talent showcase from the magnificent Royal Albert Hall in London, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.

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2021 also marks the 109th event of the world’s longest running entertainment show which as ever will be held in the presence of senior members of the Royal Family.

The Royal Variety Performance is on TV on 19 December 2021, airing at 7:20PM on ITV and ITV Hub.

Who will be performing?

The Royal Variety Performance 2021 took place on 18 November.

Stars lined up to appear include Ed Sheeran, Sir Rod Stewart, Anne-Marie, James Blunt and Years and Years.

Ed Sheeran performs "The Joker and The Queen" on stage at the Royal Albert Hall
Ed Sheeran performs “The Joker and The Queen” on stage at the Royal Albert Hall. Picture: (C) ITV. Photographer: Matt Frost
Anne Marie performs "Breathing" on stage at the Royal Albert Hall
Anne Marie performs “Breathing” on stage at the Royal Albert Hall. Picture: (C) ITV. Photographer: Matt Frost
Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge join the standing ovation at the end of the show
Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge join the standing ovation at the end of the show. Picture: (C) ITV. Photographer: Matt Frost

Direct from the West End will be the casts of Matilda The Musical and Moulin Rouge The Musical.

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Also returning to the RVP stage with a mesmerizing performance of their latest show ‘Luzia’ are Cirque du Soleil while Germany’s The Messoudi Brothers will showcase their breathtaking hand to hand act.

The evening will also feature performances from respected musicians and Grammy Award winners Gregory Porter and Elvis Costello, a special collaboration from actress Keala Settle and the Some Voices choir with This is Me and comedy from Judi Love, Bill Bailey, Chris McCausland and Josh Widdicombe.

The Multi Talented Bill Bailey performing on stage at the Royal Albert Hall
The Multi Talented Bill Bailey performing on stage at the Royal Albert Hall. Picture: (C) ITV. Photographer: Matt Frost
The Multi Talented Bill Bailey performing on stage at the Royal Albert Hall
The cast of Matilda The Musical. Picture: (C) ITV. Photographer: Matt Frost
Comedian Judi Love on stage at the Royal Albert Hall
Comedian Judi Love on stage at the Royal Albert Hall. Picture: (C) ITV. Photographer: Matt Frost

Alan Carr said: “It’s such an honour to be asked to host this year’s Royal Variety Performance, it really is a dream come true.

“With so many amazing performers it’s going to be a night to recollect and if I remember correctly, the last time I appeared I was wearing a skimpy leopard print mini dress so I’m hoping as host this time I’ll be wearing something a bit more classy!”

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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.

The Royal Variety Performance 2021 airs on ITV and ITV Hub on Sunday, 19 December at 7:20PM..

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