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John Bishop to host The Royal Variety Performance 2013

Published: Wed 16 Oct 2013

Award winning comedian and actor John Bishop will host the Royal Variety Performance 2013. The home of British Variety and iconic venue the London Palladium will host this year’s gala evening.
 
The show promises to be an unforgettable evening of the best of UK and international musical performers, extraordinary theatre, comedy and speciality acts as well as a number of sensational surprises.
 
John said:  “As a child, the Royal Variety Show was like the Grand National and the FA cup final - it was something our family always watched (the only difference being that we didn't bet on the winner). To host a show with such heritage is something I never imagined I would do and I trust my parents will be proud when they take their seats in the audience, although I have told my dad not to shout 'come on son' ... It's not a match or a horse race!”
 
The very best of British talent and an international galaxy of stars from around the world of entertainment will appear on the show including:
 
Winners of Britain’s Got Talent - Attraction, an exclusive performance from Gary Barlow, the cast of the West End hit musical Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Brit Award winner Olly Murs and the legendary Dame Edna Everage who takes a break from her farewell tour to make a very special appearance.
 
More artists will be announced nearer the time.
 
The star studded spectacular takes place on 25 November and will be screened on ITV in December.  It will be produced by ITV Studios.
 
The event is staged in aid of the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund, 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 2013 Royal Variety Performance is commissioned by ITV’s Controller of Entertainment John Kaye Cooper and executive produced by ITV Studios’ Fiona Clark and Glenn Coomber.