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Sian Baldwin

Royal Variety Performance 2023: Line-up and how to watch

Celebrities and royalty alike are flocking to London to take part in an annual variety show and fundraiser.

The Royal Variety Performance, which is in its 111th year, will be hosted by TV presenter and comedian Bradley Walsh.

“I am so excited to be presenting this year's show," he eaid. It’s been 30 years this year since I first performed at the Royal Variety Performance, so what an absolute honour to be hosting.

“The line-up is incredible and I can’t wait for you all to see what I have in store.”

Here is all you need to know about the Royal Variety Performance 2023:

What is the Royal Variety Performance?

The Royal Variety Performance is an annual charity event in the form of a live variety show featuring the best of British acts.

It is held at a theatre in London — this year the Royal Albert Hall — and features a range of live acts performing comedy, music, dance, and magic.

This year's event promises a line-up of “international stars, world-class theatre, sensational singers and hilarious comedy" in the presence of members of the Royal Family.

The show is later televised and in 2022 was watched by more than 152 million TV viewers worldwide. This makes it the most successful and longest-running entertainment show in the world.

The event is staged in aid of the Royal Variety Charity. All funds raised from the show help people from the world of entertainment in need of care and assistance.

When is the Royal Variety Performance 2023?

The event is taking place on Thursday, November 30.

But it will not be broadcast live on TV. As in previous years, it will be shown on ITV in a few weeks.

The Royal Variety Performance 2023 will be broadcast on Sunday, December 17 at 8pm.

Who is headlining the Royal Variety Performance 2023?

Music icon Cher has been announced to headline this year’s Royal Variety Performance.

The US superstar, 77, will perform a festive number from her new album, Christmas.

There will also be an exclusive 100th-anniversary celebration from Disney Theatrical, showcasing a medley featuring performances from the casts of The Lion King, Frozen, Aladdin, Hercules, and Beauty & The Beast.

McFly, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary, will be performing, as will Rick Astley, Zara Larsson, Paloma Faith performing her latest single and Hannah Waddingham, who will be accompanied by the ENO chorus.

For more details about the event, check out its website here.

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