The Royal Variety Performance 2009, The Opera House, Blackpool
The Royal Variety Performance 2009
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The Royal Variety Performance 2009, Opera House, Blackpool
Blackpool is to host this year's Royal Variety Performance in the presence of The Queen. It will be The Queen's first visit to the resort since 1994 to the Tower's centenary celebrations. The monarch was also present on the only previous occasion the show was staged in Blackpool – in 1955. On that occasion George Formby, Arthur Askey, Reginald Dixon and a young Morecambe and Wise were on the bill.
This years Britains Got Talent Winners Diversity will be performing in front of the Queen, take a look at the video below to see Diversity in action.
The Royal Variety Performance's origins date back to the 1st July, 1912, when His Majesty King George V, and Her Majesty Queen Mary, agreed to attend a 'Royal Command Performance' at London's Palace Theatre in aid of the Variety Artistes' Benevolent Fund (the previous name of the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund) and its proposed plans to build an extension to its Home for elderly entertainers, Brinsworth House. This first staging was a lavish occasion, and the theatre was decorated with 3 million roses draped around the auditorium and over the boxes.