Tuesday 26 September 2017

Blige joins Royal Variety show

Mary J Blige will be in the line-up for the Royal Variety Performance
Mary J Blige will be in the line-up for the Royal Variety Performance

Mary J Blige, Chas and Dave and the cast from the upcoming spoof X Factor musical have been announced as part of this year's Royal Variety Performance line-up.

The annual benefit event being held at the London Palladium later this month will feature comedians, musicians, actors and dancers.

Among those who will take to the stage in front of a member of the Royal Family for the first time are English duo Chas & Dave, who first hit the charts more than 30 years ago with their rock-pop records.

Singers Mary J Blige, Gary Barlow, Jessie J, Olly Murs and jazz musician Caro Emerald will also perform.

Figure skaters Torvill and Dean will mark the 30th anniversary of their Olympic gold medal by taking part in the show and n ewly discovered dance act Attraction won themselves a place on stage after coming first in TV reality show Britain's Got Talent.

Comedy comes from Jimmy Carr, while the cast of Harry Hill's comedy musical I Can't Sing will offer a glimpse of the forthcoming West End show, which is based on The X Factor.

Carr said: 'It's a great honour and privilege to have me at the Royal Variety. I can't believe their luck."

Murs added: 'I'm thrilled to be performing at this year's Royal Variety Performance. It's been one of my dreams since I started my career in music to perform for the Royal Family, and I can't wait - hopefully I'll get a cheeky kiss from the royals."

There will also be performances from the cast of the hit West End musical Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Stephen Ward.

The show will be hosted by comedian and actor John Bishop on Monday November 25 and will be screened on ITV in December.

It is not yet known which member of the Royal Family will be at this year's event, which last year was watched by t he Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Traditionally The Queen and the Prince of Wales attend the performance on alternate years, but the Princess Royal attended in 2011.

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