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1986 Royal Command Performance
1986 Royal Command Performance
Published: 2014/02/16
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The Royal Variety Performance 2015
The Royal Variety Performance 2015
Published: 2015/12/16
Channel: henry-wales inactive
Louis Tomlinson, Paloma Faith... The Royal Variety Performance 2017
Louis Tomlinson, Paloma Faith... The Royal Variety Performance 2017
Published: 2017/12/20
Channel: UK Updates
Royal Command Performance 1949
Royal Command Performance 1949
Published: 2009/01/13
Channel: chatham43
The Royal Variety Show 2017 - Such Fun! - The Best Starting Show Comedy - 19 Dec 2017
The Royal Variety Show 2017 - Such Fun! - The Best Starting Show Comedy - 19 Dec 2017
Published: 2017/12/19
Channel: UK Updates
Royal Command Performance 1962 (1962)
Royal Command Performance 1962 (1962)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
The Royal Variety Performance
The Royal Variety Performance
Published: 2017/03/31
Channel: Live Page World Dance
Prince Harry (funny roast) - Royal Variety Performance 2015/16
Prince Harry (funny roast) - Royal Variety Performance 2015/16
Published: 2015/12/30
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Red Skelton  Albert Hall
Red Skelton Albert Hall
Published: 2014/05/18
Channel: Bill Kirk
BIackadder, The Army Years. Royal Variety Performance 2000
BIackadder, The Army Years. Royal Variety Performance 2000
Published: 2010/12/09
Channel: Edmund Blackadder
The Good Life: Royal Variety Performance 1978 (Part 1 of 5)
The Good Life: Royal Variety Performance 1978 (Part 1 of 5)
Published: 2008/05/26
Channel: OuijaBird
Royal Command Performance (1948)
Royal Command Performance (1948)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
Dame  Edna takes Wrong Seat in the Royal Box Royal Variety Performance
Dame Edna takes Wrong Seat in the Royal Box Royal Variety Performance
Published: 2013/12/09
Channel: Mossie Face
Royal Command performance 1948
Royal Command performance 1948
Published: 2009/01/13
Channel: chatham43
Shocking Dance By Children - The Royal Variety Performance 2017 - 19 Dec 2017
Shocking Dance By Children - The Royal Variety Performance 2017 - 19 Dec 2017
Published: 2017/12/19
Channel: UK Updates
Twist and Shout (At Royal Variety Performance) - The Beatles
Twist and Shout (At Royal Variety Performance) - The Beatles
Published: 2012/08/01
Channel: OohSole
The Shadows Then Cliff - Royal Command Performance 1981
The Shadows Then Cliff - Royal Command Performance 1981
Published: 2011/01/14
Channel: memorylane1980s
Jersey Boys London perform at The Royal Variety Performance 2008
Jersey Boys London perform at The Royal Variety Performance 2008
Published: 2008/12/18
Channel: stephenashfieldvideo
Jerry Lewis live at the Royal Variety performance
Jerry Lewis live at the Royal Variety performance '89
Published: 2016/07/13
Channel: Donazify
Bill Haley Royal Command Performance
Bill Haley Royal Command Performance
Published: 2007/07/14
Channel: rikhull
George Carl
George Carl
Published: 2007/01/06
Channel: Danny Hustle
Liberace at The Royal Variety Performance (October 30, 1972)
Liberace at The Royal Variety Performance (October 30, 1972)
Published: 2017/11/16
Channel: Liberace Girl
Royal Command Variety Performance - 1948
Royal Command Variety Performance - 1948
Published: 2015/07/21
Channel: British Movietone
The Making Of The 2nd Royal Command Performance
The Making Of The 2nd Royal Command Performance
Published: 2016/11/19
Channel: meor danish
Dennis Spicer - Royal Command Performance 1964 - last TV appearance
Dennis Spicer - Royal Command Performance 1964 - last TV appearance
Published: 2013/05/19
Channel: rose dalton
The Red Skelton Collection ~ A Royal Command Performance
The Red Skelton Collection ~ A Royal Command Performance
Published: 2017/12/16
Channel: Tony Mcfarland
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Sea 04 Epis 09 When I'M 65 1978 Royal Command Performance The Good Life
Published: 2016/09/27
Channel: Michael Welsh
Till There Was You (At Royal Variety Performance) - The Beatles
Till There Was You (At Royal Variety Performance) - The Beatles
Published: 2012/08/01
Channel: OohSole
The Osmonds Royal Command Performance 2/18/79
The Osmonds Royal Command Performance 2/18/79
Published: 2013/01/28
Channel: DavEvans066
Paul McCartney Live At Royal Variety Command Performance, London, UK (Monday 24th November 1986)
Paul McCartney Live At Royal Variety Command Performance, London, UK (Monday 24th November 1986)
Published: 2013/12/29
Channel: sirpaulru
The Golden Girls on the 1988 Royal Variety Performance
The Golden Girls on the 1988 Royal Variety Performance
Published: 2014/07/28
Channel: doubledeckers
Royal Variety show: The Queen arrives, Liberace gets a "Royal smile" (1960)
Royal Variety show: The Queen arrives, Liberace gets a "Royal smile" (1960)
Published: 2017/01/26
Channel: Liberace Girl
The Beatles UNSEEN Royal Command Performance - Till There Was You
The Beatles UNSEEN Royal Command Performance - Till There Was You
Published: 2018/01/26
Channel: Stevie Riks
Command Performance Aka Royal Command Film Performance (1955)
Command Performance Aka Royal Command Film Performance (1955)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
Danny Kaye 6  Royal Command Performance (1948)
Danny Kaye 6 Royal Command Performance (1948)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
Queen Elizabeth of England greets film stars at Royal Command Performance of "Bea...HD Stock Footage
Queen Elizabeth of England greets film stars at Royal Command Performance of "Bea...HD Stock Footage
Published: 2014/06/21
Channel: CriticalPast
Royal Command Performance-PAUL NICHOLAS & VICTOR PONCE
Royal Command Performance-PAUL NICHOLAS & VICTOR PONCE
Published: 2014/10/22
Channel: Silvia & Victor
Alf Garnett - Royal Variety Performance
Alf Garnett - Royal Variety Performance
Published: 2012/03/05
Channel: THEORTONCOLLECTIVE
Entire Osmond Family Show With Leif Garrett - Royal Command Performance
Entire Osmond Family Show With Leif Garrett - Royal Command Performance
Published: 2013/06/22
Channel: DavEvans066
John Lennon:"...just rattle your jewelry" + Twist and shout
John Lennon:"...just rattle your jewelry" + Twist and shout
Published: 2008/01/02
Channel: jagatinho
The Royal Variety Performance 1960
The Royal Variety Performance 1960
Published: 2016/12/06
Channel: Video Rarities
Royal Command Film Performance (1947)
Royal Command Film Performance (1947)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
Royal comand performance
Royal comand performance
Published: 2015/03/13
Channel: Graham Steel
Crumbacher - Escape - Royal Command Performance
Crumbacher - Escape - Royal Command Performance
Published: 2008/04/19
Channel: Neamberthal
Cliff Richard & The Shadows - At The Royal Variety Performance 1962
Cliff Richard & The Shadows - At The Royal Variety Performance 1962'
Published: 2011/05/26
Channel: Andrewshadowy
Michael McIntyre Royal Variety Performance 2014 Opening
Michael McIntyre Royal Variety Performance 2014 Opening
Published: 2015/02/13
Channel: Liberty842
Danny Kaye 7  Royal Command Performance (1948)
Danny Kaye 7 Royal Command Performance (1948)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
Elton John - The Royal Variety Show, London England - November 13th 2015
Elton John - The Royal Variety Show, London England - November 13th 2015
Published: 2016/08/10
Channel: EltonStuff
The story of BGT - The Royal Variety Performance 2016
The story of BGT - The Royal Variety Performance 2016
Published: 2016/12/14
Channel: Helen
Swag Walk - Royal Command Performance
Swag Walk - Royal Command Performance
Published: 2012/06/29
Channel: Bolerofon2009
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Command Performance, 1905 at Windsor Castle: The Merchant of Venice by Arthur Bourchier's company

A Royal Command Performance in the United Kingdom is any performance by actors or musicians that occurs at the direction or request of a reigning monarch.

Although English monarchs have long sponsored their own theatrical companies and commissioned theatrical performances, the first Royal Command Performance to bear that name was staged at Windsor Castle in 1848 by order of Queen Victoria. From then on, command performances were frequently staged, often calling upon the leading actors from the London theatres, until the death of Prince Albert in 1861. There were no further command performances until they recommenced in 1881. These included plays, revues, comic operas and other musical theatre. King Edward VII called for several performances per year.

In 1911 a Great 'Gala' performance was given by the theatrical profession at His Majesty's Theatre in London in celebration of the coronation of King George V.

In 1912, King George V and Queen Mary attended an all-star Royal Command Performance at London's Palace Theatre in aid of the Variety Artistes' Benevolent Fund,[1] now the Royal Variety Charity.[2]

This was followed in 1919 by the first to be named the Royal Variety Performance.[3] The reason for the name change followed desire from Buckingham Palace that the show should 'clearly reflect all areas of show business popular amongst the masses of the time'. Hence, a variety of entertainment, including music (of all genres), comedy, dance, music-hall and speciality acts - rather than for it be incorrectly perceived as one reflecting the Royal Family's own specific choice of artistes.[4]

King George V became patron of the Royal Variety Charity in 1921[5] and decreed that the monarch or a senior member of the British Royal family would attend an annual event in aid of the Royal Variety Charity and its care home for elderly entertainers, Brinsworth House, once a year thereafter.[6] This tradition and fundraising event for the Royal Variety Charity, continues to the present day,[7] with the Royal Variety Performance now attracting over 150 million worldwide television viewers, making it the longest running and most successful entertainment show in the world.[8]

Early history[edit]

As long as there has been a monarchy, kings and queens have maintained minstrels and jesters to entertain their courts, and these performances could be called "command performances".[9] The history of the command performance as we recognise it today dates back at least to the time of Queen Elizabeth I, during whose reign the first permanent theatre was built. In addition, Elizabeth built her own theatre where she could watch plays performed by her own company of players. This was formed in 1583 by Edmund Tilney, the then Master of the Revels, and was known as Queen Elizabeth's Men.[9]

Later British monarchs continued the tradition of sponsoring their own theatrical companies until the dissolution of the monarchy, with its subsequent abolition of the theatre, during the Protectorship of Oliver Cromwell. The restoration of the monarchy following the death of Cromwell also resulted in the restoration of the relationship between the monarch and theatre.

Modern British command performances[edit]

The Gondoliers performed before Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle in 1891

At the beginning of Queen Victoria's reign in 1837 the command performance was an established part of Britain’s theatrical life. The first Royal Command Performance as we know it today is generally accepted to have been that staged at Windsor Castle on 28 December 1848 by order of Queen Victoria. The play was The Merchant of Venice, and the cast included Mr and Mrs Charles Kean, Mr and Mrs Keeley, Henry Lowe, Leigh Murray and Alfred Wigan. From then on, command performances were frequently staged, often calling upon the leading actors from the London theatres and their supporting casts, until the death of Prince Albert in December 1861.

There were no further command performances until they recommenced on 4 October 1881 with a production of Burnand's The Colonel.[9] Queen Victoria called for a command performance of W. S. Gilbert's play Sweethearts (together with Uncle's Will) on 1 February 1887, starring Mr and Mrs Kendal. The great Shakespearean actors Henry Irving and Ellen Terry performed for the Queen in 1889 and 1893. In 1891, the Queen enjoyed two performances by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company of Gilbert and Sullivan operas, namely The Gondoliers on 6 March 1891 at Windsor Castle[10] and The Mikado on 4 September 1891 at Balmoral. Performances of operas by the Royal Opera Company and the Carl Rosa Opera Company were given on several occasions in the 1890s for Victoria.[9]

On 21 July 1896 the first Royal Command Film Performance was held at Marlborough House. The film showed the Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra visiting the Cardiff Exhibition. When Birt Acres, the cinematographer, requested permission to show the film to the general public the Prince asked to see it himself before agreeing. The film was screened before forty royal guests in a specially erected marquee along with a collection of other short films.[9]

King Edward VII called for several performances per year. These included Quality Street by the company of husband and wife stars Ellaline Terriss and Seymour Hicks and plays by Sir Charles Wyndham's company and Arthur Bourchier's company. Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree's company played for both Victoria and Edward during their respective reigns.[9]

On 27 June 1911 a Great 'Gala' performance was given by the theatrical profession at His Majesty's Theatre in London in celebration of the coronation of King George V. The proceeds from this event were used to found the 'King George's Pension Fund for Actors and Actresses'. From 1913, it was decided to make this a regular annual 'all-star' event to continue contributing to the fund. The 1913 show was a production of the Dion Boucicault comedy London Assurance at St James's Theatre on 27 June 1913 and raised £1,093.[9] These events are now called Royal Variety Performances.

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