Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan to host The Royal Variety Performance

Details of 2019 The Royal Variety Performance have been announced by ITV.

“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.” – Romesh Ranganathan

Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan are to host The Royal Variety Performance 2019 with performances from Sir Rod Stewart, Harry Connick Jr and the cast of multi award-winning musical Mary Poppins.

Beckett and Ranganathan overseeing proceedings of the RVP marks 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.

ITV note that 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 Sir Rod Stewart who is celebrating fifty years as a solo artist. Soon to make its much-anticipated return to the West End, Mary Poppins, the world’s favourite Nanny, makes a ‘supercalifragilistic’ return to the Royal Variety Performance. Joining Zizi Strallen as Mary Poppins and Charlie Stemp as Bert, will be Petula Clark, who will feed the birds, heading a show-stopping performance from the cast of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s multi-award-winning musical.

Romesh Ranganathan is Judge Romesh for UKTV.

Making his Royal Variety debut a special performance from award winning stateside 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, a unique collaboration from Emeli Sandé and Manchester’s Bee Vocal choir formed to inspire those experiencing mental health difficulties.

There’s more music from two of 2019’s hottest talents Lewis Capaldi and Mabel who will each perform their record breaking singles, Hollywood star Luke Evans, comedy act Flo and Joan and a performance from the Tony and Olivier award winning musical Come From Away. Rounding off this evening of entertainment is an exclusive extract from Cirque Du Soleil’s Luzia as well as comedy from the cast of hit West End show Groan Ups, plus comedians Kerry Godliman and Frank Skinner.

In 2017 comedian and actress Miranda Hart was announced by ITV as the ‘first woman to host the Royal Variety’ despite the RVP show booklet from 1974, and indeed the organizations’ website, noting former ITV personality Noele Gordon took that honour over 40 years earlier. The RVP 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.

“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.” – Rob Beckett

The spectacular will take place on Monday 18th November and will be screened on ITV in December.

Comedian Rob has been seen on numerous series, here appearing on Sky’s Only Joking.
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