Airdate: Royal Variety Performance 2017

ABC will screen the Royal Variety Performance 2017, hosted by Miranda Hart, on Christmas night.

The talent performing for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, includes Kelsey Grammer, The Killers, Seal, Louis Tomlinson, The Script, and West End casts.

The event was held several days ago.

“If you don’t mind me I am just going to smash a glass ceiling and be the first woman to host the Royal Variety,” said Hart. “That felt good! It’s thrilling for me because of that, and because I am hugely proud to be part of such an important event in our comedy and variety heritage as the Royal Variety Performance.

“The young-wannabe-comedian me who watched the show every year, would be just as excited to hear that grown-up me is going to be hosting – only I’ll be doing it without the 1970s pudding bowl haircut that made me look like a young male monk!”

The event will come from the iconic London Palladium Theatre, which is hosting the event for the 41st time. 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 the legendary Kelsey Grammer who will be performing with his cast, an exclusive extract from the new musical Big Fish; plus The Killers, Seal, Louis Tomlinson, The Leading Ladies – Beverly Knight, Cassidy Janson and Amber Riley; The Script, and Paloma Faith. Also taking to the stage are, Britain’s Got Talent winner, pianist Tokio Myers; the West End casts of ‘Annie’ and ‘42nd Street’; the incredible Circus Abyssinia; Michael Ball and Alfie Boe; the mesmerising Cirque du Soleil, plus comedy from Jason Manford and Tom Allen.

The event 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.

Monday December 25 at 7.30pm on ABC.

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