A Right Royal Night with Paul Potts - his Royal Variety Performance
Victory in Britain’s biggest ever talent show, Britain’s Got Talent earned Paul Potts a well-deserved appearance on what has become a night of real British tradition: the Royal Variety Performance 2007. It’s a night to dress up, sit back and relax – even if it’s only in your lounge with your family, if you’re not one of the lucky few hundred that can both afford a ticket to the entertainment extravaganza and have managed to bag one before they’re sold out – usually within a matter of hours of going on sale. Paul Potts will know – the Royal Variety Performance is THAT popular!
Where & When?
The Royal Variety Performance will be held on Monday 3rd December 2007 at the Empire Theatre, Lime Street in Liverpool in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh K.G.K.T. This years Royal Variety Performance will be televised by ITV Productions.
The Royal Variety Performance is an annual event staged to celebrate all that’s good in British talent and international shows touring Britain that year. It’s a night of live entertainment of all kinds, as the name ‘variety’ show suggests. Nowhere else are you likely to see internationally successful pop stars sharing a stage with acrobats, ballet dancers, opera singers and even the odd ventriloquist now and again. This year will be special, because it will be the first year that the British public will have chosen an act for the Royal Variety Performance – and we chose Paul Potts.
Paul Potts will face a live theatre audience and he will know he is watched by millions of TV viewers on this very special night. He is said to be excited – more excited about this performance than he is about the £100,000 prize he bagged.
Paul Potts will also be helping to raise money for the charity which gets the proceeds of the performance: The Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund. You see – there’s not state pension or entertainers for when they’re too old to perform. The Fund also runs a home for retired artistes.
The first performance was in 1912, when it was called the Royal Command Performance. That name stuck for a while and we’re sure Paul Potts will give a commanding performance. I think they should re-name it Paul Pots Royal Variety! Variety has always been the aim of the show, though and you will see a whole host of different talents – but none more impressive than Paul Potts’ hugely entertaining, pitch-perfect and powerful operatic singing.
For more information see the The Entertainment Artistes Benevolent Fund website.