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Famous names to entertain royals

A host of famous names will entertain the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at the Royal Variety Performance tonight.

Liverpool comic John Bishop will host the evening which will see Charles and Camilla and a packed audience at the London Palladium enjoy a night of music, dance and comedy.

Take That frontman Gary Barlow, the cast of the hit West End musical Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Olly Murs, Dame Edna Everage and jazz musician Carol Emerald are on this year's bill.

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

US singer Mary J Blige, cockney singers Chas & Dave and the cast from the upcoming spoof X Factor musical are also on the line-up.

Bishop, 46, said: "As a child, the Royal Variety Show was like the Grand National and the FA Cup final - it was something our family always watched (the only difference being that we didn't bet on the winner).

"To host a show with such heritage is something I never imagined I would do and I trust my parents will be proud when they take their seats in the audience, although I have told my dad not to shout, 'Come on son' ... It's not a match or a horse race!''

The last time the Prince and Duchess attended the Royal Variety in 2010 their evening was marred when a protester campaigning against the rise in tuition fees attacked their Rolls-Royce limousine.

David Walliams hosted last year's 100th anniversary show in front of the Queen at London's Royal Albert Hall.

This year's performance, staged in aid of the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund, will be screened on ITV in December.


From Belfast Telegraph