Elton John and One Direction headline the Royal Variety Performance 2015


Elton John and One Direction will headline the Royal Variety Performance 2015, to be attended by Prince Harry.

The show promises to be an evening showcasing the best UK and international musical performers, theatre and comedy, as well as a number of surprises.

Sir Elton, one of the biggest solo artists in the world, is currently in Las Vegas playing a series of dates in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Chart-topping band One Direction had their status as one of the globe’s most lucrative groups confirmed when it was revealed they had earned £6 million a month earnings in 2014.

Band members Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson are set to split for at least a year in 2016, but fifth studio album Made In The A.M. is due for a global release on November 13.

The star-studded night at London’s Royal Albert Hall will be hosted by Jack Whitehall, the youngest ever presenter of the Royal Variety Performance.

The 27-year-old comedian will introduce performers from around the world, including pop sensations Kylie Minogue, Ricky Martin, The Corrs, Josh Groban and American country singer Kacey Musgraves.

Music aficionados will appreciate a rare appearance from Jeff Lynne’s ELO and there will also be a performance from X Factor winners Little Mix.

On the variety side, a magical show-stopping moment from the cast of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s multi-award winning musical Mary Poppins is bound to delight.

The cast of Olivier Award 2015 winners The Play That Goes Wrong will be joined by some surprise star cameos and soul singer Beverly Knight will perform a number from record-breaking musical Cats.

Britain’s Got Talent winners Jules, Matisse and Friends will put the controversy of their win behind them as they endeavour to impress Prince Harry.

The performing pooches won the ITV talent show with a trick that included a dog, presumed to be Matisse, performing a tightrope walk, but a dog double named Chase was used instead.

Viewers should also look out for a spectacular water-based acrobatic routine from the internationally renowned Cirque Du Soleil and comedy from Romesh Ranganathan, Chris Ramsey and Matt Forde.

Speaking about the big night, due to be filmed on Friday November 13, Bad Education star Jack said: “It’s a tremendous honour to be hosting the Royal Variety Performance.

“Having been lucky enough to perform for Prince Charles and Prince William in previous years I look forward to the opportunity of sailing a little too close to the wind in the presence of Prince Harry this time round.

He added: “It’s my third time on the show and I still am yet to perform in front of The Queen, she must be really desperate not to see my act.”

The event is staged in aid of the Royal Variety Charity (formerly the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund), whose patron is Her Majesty The Queen.

Money raised from the show helps those people from the world of entertainment in need of care and assistance.

The Royal Variety Performance 2015 will be screened on ITV in December.