The Queen to be honoured at Royal Variety 2022 - line-up and host revealed 

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8 Nov 2022, 08:24

Queen Elizabeth II

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Queen Elizabeth II will be honoured with a special tribute at this year’s Royal Variety Performance.

The show is set to be hosted by comedian Lee Mack at London’s Royal Albert Hall in December, with senior members of the royal family expected to be in attendance.

The Queen, who died on 8th September, will be honoured, as composer Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber, singer Gary Barlow and choirmaster Gareth Malone are joined by members of the London Youth Choir for a version of Sing.

Also set to perform are legendary hitmakers Nile Rodgers & Chic, as well as Brit Award winner George Ezra, Eurovision star Sam Ryder, multi-award winner Ellie Goulding and pop star Becky Hill.

The show will also see David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and The Lightning Seeds perform a rendition of their enduring football anthem Three Lions. Baddiel recently confirmed that football will be coming home again, as the two comics and the Liverpool band are teaming up for a new version and music video to incorporate the historic win of the Lionesses at Euro 2022.

There will be plenty of other comedians hitting the Royal Variety stage too. Al Murray’s Pub Landlord will be sharing his thoughts, and Maisie Adam, Omid Djalili and Britain's Got Talent winner Axel Blake will also bring the laughs.

The cast of the musical Cabaret will take to the stage, as will performers from Disney's musical Newsies, which opens in London later this month.

Elsewhere on the bill, Cirque Du Soleil will deliver a display from their latest show, Kurios.

Host Lee Mack said in a statement: "I was actually going to buy tickets for this year's Royal Variety Performance, so not only is it a real honour to be asked to host it, it's also saved me a few quid.

"I now just have to work out the logistics of introducing these brilliant acts and also rushing back to my seat to watch them."

The event takes place in aid of the Royal Variety Charity, of which the Queen was patron.

The Royal Variety Performance will air on ITV on 19 December at 7.20pm.