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Join Us in December for the Royal Variety Performance

Harry Francis

Harry Francis


Eventim Apollo Hammersmith Events

Royal Variety Performance Hospitality

Every December, the world is treated to the annual Royal Variety Performance, a live event showcasing some of the finest entertainment to benefit the Royal Variety Charity. The annual show is broadcast around the world and is considered a tradition of the Christmas and New Year holiday season. It is especially loved by the 53 countries of the British Commonwealth. Many of them have their own traditions surrounding when and how the show is broadcast.

We invite you to join us on 6 December (2016) to enjoy the performance live at Eventim Apollo Hammersmith. This historic concert Hall first opened in 1932 as the Gaumont Palace. Over the years, it has gone through several transitions that have included multiple owners and numerous renovations.

Eventim Apollo Hammersmith has hosted some of the biggest names in entertainment including Buddy Holly, the Beatles, David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Culture Club with Boy George, and Genesis. The theatre's original 1932 Compton pipe organ is also a mainstay of the Hammersmith venue. It was fully restored in 2007 and has been used during numerous performances since then.

About the Royal Variety Performance

The Royal Variety Performance was first conducted in 1912. Back then, it was known as the Royal Command Performance, a name that has persisted informally for more than 100 years. King George V and Queen Mary agreed to be patrons of the first show with the understanding that all profits earned would be donated to the Variety Artistes' Benevolent Fund. The success of the first show led to a second in 1919, and then additional shows held on-and-off until 1956. Since 1957, the Royal Variety Performance has been an annual event not to be missed.

Being a variety show, it is not uncommon to see all sorts of acts designed to impress. There are singers, dancers, comedians, musicians, and a full range of speciality acts that will not necessarily get a lot of play elsewhere. It is all great fun designed to benefit an excellent cause.

DTB is now booking for the 2016 Royal Variety Performance. All of our packages include top-priced seats and after-party access. Seat assignments will not actually be sent out until November, but don't wait to order your tickets. This event always sells out exceptionally quickly. If you wait too long, you may miss out on this year's programme.

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