Big changes this year, and all for the better. We've moved to the Leicester Square Theatre - I truly love the venue we had last year, but I wanted to follow in the footsteps of so many of my heroes and do a big variety show in the West End. And that's what's we're going to do!
All the features and surprises you loved last year will be back, bigger and crazier, this year. But we're adding some stuff..
Just last like year, the interview from each show will be podcast, but additionally, an edited version of the show will be professionally filmed and put online so you can watch it at home! For free! I figured if TV won't make a proper variety show, then I will!
And, as you can see, we've got some big names. Some of them you'll know, and some of them maybe you won't, but every single person on all of the bills is the absolute best at what they do, and I'm proud and - frankly - stunned to be welcoming them to The Varieties. We've got some bona-fide legends and heroes of variety and circus coming your way this year.
I'd also like to thank Unum for their help with this project. Unum are, as you might know, the company whose TV advert I appear on, and they've been kind enough to sponsor the 2013 season of The Varieties. Without their help, none of this could have happened. Hooray for them!
For the opening night we've got the hilarious Kev Orkian, the UK's funniest magician John Archer, the spectacle that is Craig the Incredible Hula Boy, and I'll be sitting down for a chat with the brilliant Omid Djalili - comedian, actor, and - recently - high diver!
It's going to be special, and if you ever considered coming to one of these shows but haven't - now's the time! Get yourself a ticket to the first night and lets pack that theatre and show the West End that there's an audience for a knock-down, drag-out, no-apologies, no-compromise variety show!