Liverpool, the birthplace of many of Britain's greatest entertainers, has been chosen as the host venue for The 2007 Royal Variety Performance in the year that the city celebrates its 800th birthday.
The very best of British talent, as well as international stars from the world of entertainment, will be performing by royal command for Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh as a curtain raiser to the city becoming European Capital of Culture one month later in 2008.
Hosting the show on Merseyside continues ITV's recently-established tradition of staging The Royal Variety Performance in cities outside London. Previous host cities include Cardiff, Edinburgh and Birmingham.
The star-studded spectacular will be screened on ITV1 in December 2007 and will be produced by ITV Productions, producers of the highly successful 2005 Royal Variety Performance which drew a staggering audience of 9.5 million viewers, peaking at 10.5 million, one of the highest ratings of 2005.
Next year's show promises an unforgettable evening of the best of today's pop and musical performance, show-stopping theatre, comedy and speciality acts.as well as a number of spectacular surprises.
As is customary, the event is staged in aid of the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund, whose patron is The Queen. The money will help to maintain Brinsworth House in Twickenham, Middlesex - the actors' retirement and nursing home which is run by the EABF.
Laurie Mansfield, Life President of the EABF and one of the West End's leading theatre producers, said: "I'm thrilled that ITV will be continuing the tradition of taking The Royal Variety Performance out of London and to major cities around the UK and I'm particularly delighted that next year it will be Liverpool. The show continues to feature top class international acts alongside television newcomers and is undoubtedly the highlight in the show business calendar."
The 2007 Royal Variety Performance, commissioned by Guy Freeman, ITV's Controller of Music and Events, will be executive produced by ITV's Controller of Entertainment Mark Wells, and Executive Producer Sue Andrew.
Mark Wells said: "It's great to be going to Liverpool in 2007. Entertainment, like football, is in the city's blood and I know the Liverpool audience will make us feel very welcome for what is still the greatest night of entertainment in the year".
All tickets for The 2007 Royal Variety Performance are available only from the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund on 0208 898 8164.