Photo credit: Jason Manford in Curtains (Richard Davenport)

Samantha Barks and Jason Manford perform at Royal Variety Performance

Michael Ball will also star in this year's event, performed in Blackpool.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

The line-up for the 2020 Royal Variety Performance has been confirmed, with this year's event taking place at Blackpool Opera House. A star-studded cast will take part in the production, which will be filmed on 29 November ahead of airing on ITV on 8 December.

Jason Manford will host the event, previously starring in Curtains at the Wyndham's Theatre. On stage, he's also appeared in Sweeney Todd at the Adelphi Theatre and a national tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Ahead of his run in Les Miserables: The All-Star Staged Concert, Michael Ball will sing the Carousel hit "You'll Never Walk Alone." He'll be joined by Captain Sir Thomas Moore, who raised over £37 million for the NHS earlier this year.

Samantha Barks as Elsa
(Photo by Matt Frost - The Royal Variety Performance)

Audiences can also look forward to a first preview of Frozen too. Samantha Barks will perform a number from the Disney musical, opening at Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 2021. Sheridan Smith will also sing a number from Cilla The Musical, as well as a performance from Waitress' Marisha Wallace.

Beginning in 1912, the Royal Variety Performance is an annual celebration of British theatre and performing. West End musicals are often invited to perform, as well as theatre stars.

The Royal Variety Performance on ITV will be screened on 8 December.

Photo credit: Jason Manford in Curtains (Richard Davenport)


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