Greg Davies to host ITV’s Royal Variety Performance.

“I am delighted to host the Royal Variety. It is a role that I am wildly unsuited to and I will no doubt offend a great many people, but my Mum has a voracious appetite for meeting members of the Royal family and this seems a reasonable price to pay for the gift of life.” – Greg Davies

Actor and comic Greg Davies will host The Royal Variety Performance 2018, in the presence of members of the Royal family. The event will come from the iconic London Palladium Theatre, which is hosting the event for the 42nd time.

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 one of the UK’s biggest bands, the multi-award-winning Take That, the West End cast of the phenomenal hit musical Hamilton, chart topper George Ezra, award winners Clean Bandit, West End cast of Tina – The Tina Turner Musical and the legendary Andrea Bocelli & his son Matteo.

Greg Davies is probably best known in recent times for his role on Taskmaster with Alex Horne for UKTV channel Dave.

Also taking to the stage are, Britain’s Got Talent winner, comedian The Lost Voice Guy, a special performance from Rick Astley, comedian Rhod Gilbert, the mesmerising Cirque Du Soleil, plus music from Sigrid and cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason.  Circus 1903 will be unveiling their unique and beautifully crafted performances with their extraordinary elephant puppetry, and there will be more comedy from stand up comedians Gad Elmaleh and Rod Woodward.

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.

Last year ITV revealed Miranda Hart as the ‘first female’ to present the RVP despite this being far from the case. The Royal Variety archives, and the brochure for the 1974 evening noted presenter and actress Noele Gordon as the solo host. ITV, however, suggested game show host and comedian Ted Rogers was co-host despite the fact in the official archive brochure Ted is listed as one of the many guest performers on the bill. Ted presented a special feature segment in the ’74 event, but not the main show, leaving Hart way behind from being the first.

The spectacular, with no ‘firsts’ confusion this year, will take place on Monday 19th November and will be screened on ITV in December.

Miranda was beaten to being the first female host of The Royal Variety by some 40+ years by broadcasting pioneer Noele Gordon.
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