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Megan Nisbet

Royal Variety Performance 2022 start and finish time, how to watch, line-up and presenter

The Royal Variety Performance is returning once more this December. The event, which is staged in aid of the Royal Variety Charity, raises money to help those from the world of entertainment in need of care and assistance.

Located in the Royal Albert Hall in London, the show will be the first to take place since Queen Elizabeth II passed away. Recorded on Thursday, December 1, the performance was attended by Prince Edward and his wife Sophie.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex were pictured at the event — which first took place in 1912 at the Palace Theatre, London, and was attended by Their Majesties King George V and Queen Mary — earlier this month and met with host and comedian Lee Mack.

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But how can viewers watch the Royal Variety Performance 2022, who is taking to the stage and what time does it start and finish? Here's everything you need to know.

When is The Royal Variety Performance 2022?

While it was recorded on Thursday, December 1, the performance will air on screens for the first time on Tuesday, December 20. The Royal Variety Performance 2022 will start on ITV1 at 8pm and will run for two hours and 30 minutes, ending at 10:30pm.

Who is presenting The Royal Variety Performance 2022?

Lee Mack attends the Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London (PA)

Multi award-winning comedian and actor Lee Mack is to host The Royal Variety Performance 2022 from the magnificent Royal Albert Hall in London.

Lee said: "I was actually going to buy tickets for this year's Royal Variety Performance, so not only is it a real honour to be asked to host it, it's also saved me a few quid. I now just have to work out the logistics of introducing these brilliant acts and also rushing back to my seat to watch them."

Who is performing at The Royal Variety Performance 2022?

In honour of Queen Elizabeth II's long association with The Royal Variety Performance there will be a unique celebration as world-renowned composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, award-winning Gary Barlow and Gareth Malone accompanied by members of the London Youth Choir, perform a very special version of Sing.

Also lined up to appear are Disco Soul R&B sensations Nile Rodgers & Chic, Brit Award winner George Ezra, multi-award-winner Ellie Goulding, Eurovision star and singer Sam Ryder, and powerhouse pop star Becky Hill.

And, after winning a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards, the dazzling cast of the musical Cabaret take to the stage with an exclusive performance. Plus, Disney's Newsies perform a sensational extract from their Tony award-winning musical, which opens in London later this month.

Cirque Du Soleil will also perform a death-defying display from their latest show Kurios, while Hollywood star Rita Wilson and Grammy Award winner Gregory Porter will perform a stunning duet, plus Frank Skinner, David Baddiel and The Lightning Seeds entertain the audience with a very special rendition of their hit Three Lions.

The evening will also feature magic from the phenomenal German duo The Ehrlich Brothers, a classical moment from soprano Fatma Said, plus a hair-raising performance from Giffords Circus. Plus, comedy from Al Murray - The Pub Landlord, Maisie Adam, Omid Djalili and this year’s Britain’s Got Talent winner Axel Blake. For more showbiz and television stories get our newsletter here.


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