Greg Davies to host Royal Variety Performance 2018


Wednesday 10th October 2018, 4:46pm

  • Greg Davies will host The Royal Variety Performance 2018 on Monday 19th November
  • He says: “It is a role that I am wildly unsuited to and I will no doubt offend a great many people”
  • Other comedy acts confirmed for the line-up include Rhod Gilbert, Rod Woodward and Gad Elmaleh

Greg Davies has been announced as the host of The Royal Variety Performance 2018.

The stand-up comedian and actor will present the event from the iconic London Palladium Theatre, which is hosting the variety show for the 42nd time.

The show will see Lee Ridley – also known as Lost Voice Guy – performing a set following his win on Britain’s Got Talent.

Davies’ friend, and current Taskmaster contestant, Rhod Gilbert, has also been confirmed as appearing.

Moroccan-French stand-up comedian Gad Elmaleh and up-and-coming comic Rod Woodward will also appear.

Greg Davies says: “I am delighted to host the Royal Variety. It is a role that I am wildly unsuited to and I will no doubt offend a great many people, but my Mum has a voracious appetite for meeting members of the Royal family and this seems a reasonable price to pay for the gift of life.”

Other stars lined up to appear on the night include Take That, the West End cast of hit musical Hamilton, singer George Ezra, Clean Bandit, West End cast of Tina – The Tina Turner Musical and Andrea Bocelli and his son Matteo.

Rick Astley will perform, Cirque Du Soleil will perform, and there will be sets from singer Sigrid and cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason. The show will also see Circus 1903 unveiling their “unique and beautifully crafted performances with their extraordinary elephant puppetry”.

ITV’s producers say: “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.”

The event will take place on Monday 19th November, with an edited version shown on ITV in December.


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