Award-winning actor and comic Jack Whitehall will host the Royal Variety Performance 2015 at the magnificent Royal Albert Hall in the presence of Prince Harry.
Jack, who becomes the youngest ever host of The Royal Variety Performance, will introduce performers from around the world, including legend Elton John, pop sensation Kylie Minogue, as well as multi-award winners One Direction and a magical show stopping moment from the cast of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s multi-award winning musical Mary Poppins.
Also taking to the stage will be: the hugely popular girl band Little Mix, a spectacular water based acrobatic performance from the internationally renowned Cirque Du Soleil; Britain’s Got Talent winners Jules, Matisse and Friends, a rare appearance from the incredible Jeff Lynne’s ELO, more music from pop favourites Ricky Martin, The Corrs, The Killers front man Brandon Flowers, Josh Groban and American country singer Kacey Musgraves. Comedy from Chris Ramsey, Romesh Ranganathan and Matt Forde who provides a political round-up of the year. Plus the cast of Olivier Award 2015 winners The Play That Goes Wrong who will be joined by some surprise star cameos and the Queen of British soul Beverly Knight performs a number from the record breaking musical Cats.
Jack said: “It’s a tremendous honour to be hosting the Royal Variety Performance. Having been lucky enough to perform for Prince Charles and Prince William in previous years I look forward to the opportunity of sailing a little too close to the wind in the presence of Prince Harry this time round. It’s my third time on the show and I still am yet to perform in front of the Queen, she must be really desperate not to see my act.”
The event is staged in aid of the Royal Variety Charity (formerly 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 2015 Royal Variety Performance is commissioned by Director of Entertainment and Comedy Elaine Bedell, itv and Peter Davey, Commissioning Editor, Entertainment, itv and executive produced by itv Studios’ Lee Connolly and Fiona Clark.