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Matilda, Moulin Rouge and Keala Settle set for The Royal Variety Performance

The RSC's Matilda The Musical
The RSC's Matilda The Musical

The West End casts of Matilda and Moulin Rouge will appear on The Royal Variety Performance 2021.

The world’s longest running entertainment show will be hosted at the Royal Albert Hall in London, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this very year.

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In the presence of senior members of the Royal Family, comedian Alan Carr will host the evening which will feature exceptional performers, world class theatre, outstanding singers and top notch British comedy.

Among the first acts confirmed to appear are the cast of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s phenomenal Matilda The Musical who are about to celebrate 10 years in the West End.

And following its Tony award winning success, the sensational Moulin Rouge The Musical will put on an exclusive performance.

There will also be a special performance of This Is Me from The Greatest Showman star Keala Settle who will appear alongside the Some Voices choir.

Other performers announced include Ed Sheeran, Sir Rod Stewart, Anne-Marie, Years and Years, James Blunt, Gregory Porter and Elvis Costello plus the company of Cirque du Soleil and Germany’s The Messoudi Brothers.

Completing the current line up are comedians Judi Love, Bill Bailey, Chris McCausland and Josh Widdicombe.

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.

Host Alan Carr said: “It’s such an honour to be asked to host this year’s Royal Variety Performance, it really is a dream come true. With so many amazing performers it’s going to be a night to recollect and if I remember correctly, the last time I appeared I was wearing a skimpy leopard print mini dress so I’m hoping as host this time I’ll be wearing something a bit more classy!”

The Royal Variety Performance 2021 will be screened on ITV and ITV Hub on Sunday, 19 December.

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