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DSB at the 2000 Royal Variety Performance

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 5th December, 2000
Dominion Theatre, London   

THE ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE

Held in the presence of
HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS
THE PRINCE OF WALES
 

Presented by: BBC Television Entertainment
Musical Director & Supervisor: Michael Reed
 
HEY PACHUCO – MARTIN CREWES & THE RVP DANCERS
JANE McDONALD
BEN ELTON
KYLIE MINOGUE
BLAST!
JANE HORROCKS
MARTIN CLUNES
MARK WILLIAMS
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
TIM VINE
RONAN KEATING
THE KING & I
ELAINE PAIGE
NOTRE DAME DE PARIS
RONNIE CORBETT
DAME SHIRLEY BASSEY
AFRICAN FOOTPRINT
RICHARD STILGOE & PETER SKELLERN
STAR FOR A NIGHT – CLESTINE WALCOTT-GORDON
BRYN TERFEL
DOMINIC HOLLAND
LIONEL RICHIE
THE BEAUTIFUL GAME
WESTLIFE
Produced & Directed by: Kevin Bishop
Stage Director & Choreographer: Kim Gavin
 

Shirley Bassey at the Royal Variety Performance
At the Dominion Theatre, London, Dec 5 2000

ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCEDame Shirley Bassey joined a host of celebrities at the Royal Variety Performance 2000. The show was performed in the presence of Prince Charles and other personalities. No stranger to the event, Shirley Bassey has won ovations at this celebrated royal event for forty years.

Dame Shirley was introduced by British comedian Ronnie Corbett “Ladies and Gentlemen, may I introduce to you, a dear friend, recently honoured by the Queen, and now making her first appearance since, the fabulously exciting, tingling making, Shirley Bassey!…”

Shirley opened with Light My Fire with 6 male backing dancers, she then sang As I Love You and ended with I Am What I Am. She was hailed as one of the evening’s major successes, confirming her status as the greatest pop diva of the last century, and this one so far!

shirley_bassey06The voice, the figure and, as far as I could see, the face have resisted the march of time. The applause that followed her three-song spot, climaxing with a breathtaking performance of I Am What I Am, must have been heard halfway up Tottenham Court Road!

In the event programme there was an advertisement from ‘Frontier Batley,’ formerly known as the famous ‘Batley Variety Club,’ wishing everyone well and going on to say “… particularly all the stars who have appeared here over the past 30 years and of course congratulations Dame Shirley Bassey The Undisputed Goddess Of Entertainment”.

The performance was transmitted on BBC1 on Sunday 17 December 2000, although sadly this was shortened and Shirley’s rendition of As I Love You was cut from the final transmission.

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From BBC News, Wed 6 Dec 2000

Pop diva Dame Shirley Bassey had a kiss for Prince Charles as he met the singer after this year’s Royal Variety Performance.

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The prince also met fellow singer Kylie Minogue after the show, which featured a line up including boy band Westlife, singers Ronan Keating and Lionel Ritchie and comedians Martin Clunes and Rowan Atkinson.

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Dame Shirley, dressed in a black sequined halter-neck dress, kissed the prince on both cheeks and told him she was sorry she did not have a flower to give him.

She said she first got to know Prince Charles 14 years ago when she performed in a show for the Prince’s Trust. “He is a very genuine and gentle man. I have been to a few of his parties and dinners at Highgrove,” she said.

First held for George V in 1912, the Royal Variety Performance has become an entertainment institution, raising money for retired performers across the UK. The Prince was greeted as he arrived at the theatre by Laurie Mansfield, the life president of the Entertainment Artistes Benevolent Fund, and also met with BBC director general Greg Dyke and Alan Yentob, the corporation’s director of drama, entertainment and children’s programming.

Smiling Through The Tears
From The Daily Telegraph, Dec 20 2000

PDVD_035Dame Shirley Bassey smiled her way through Sunday’s Royal Variety Performance, but in fact things were far from well. “She was very upset that her dress didn’t look like anything special,” says her dressmaker, Doug Darnell.

“Her gown should have made her look like a sphere of light, but, because of the way the BBC shot it, it didn’t. They then missed out one of her songs. In America, this would never have happened.” A BBC spokesman said: ‘Dame Shirley was the highlight of the show.

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After the show:

Thanks to Bigspender for the following three pictures of Dame Shirley Bassey taken after the performance when she autographed programmes and tickets for fans. She explained that she was having a few problems signing them because of the recent operation on her hand.

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DSB AT THE 1994 ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE

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Dominion Theatre, London

28th November, 1994
THE ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE

Held in the presence of
HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE OF WALES
Presented by: BBC Television Entertainment
Musical Director & Supervisor: Michael Reed
Production Manager: Richard ValentineProduced & Directed by: Kevin Bishop
Stage Director & Choreographer: Kim Gavin

BRIAN CONLEY
RIA JONES
LAINE THEATRE ARTS DANCERS
THE ITALIA CONTI ACADEMY OF THEATRE ARTS CHOIR
RONNIE CORBETT
PASSING ZONE – JON WEE & OWEN MORSE
LULU
BILLY PEARCE
OLIVER – THE CAST
SHIRLEY BASSEY
GARY WILMOT
JIM TAVARE
GARETH ROWAN
CLIVE ANDERSON
ANGELA GHEORGHIU
VIVIANA DURANTE & ZOLTAN SOLYMOSI
FRANK SKINNER
TONY BENNETT
TERRY WOGAN
RIVERDANCE – THE CAST
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There's no place like London singleBorn To Sing
also entitled
I Was Born To Sing Forever
Written by M. Jouveaux / J.Barnel
English words penned by Norman Newell.

Released in 1986 as B-side of a Towerbell single (A-side: There’s No Place Like London). The recording has never been re-released, but Shirley Bassey has performed the song on some live concerts 1995 on her 40th anniversary world tour.

The original French title of this song was “Mourir Sur Scène”. The song was a great hit in 1983 for Dalida. She was a singer of Italian descent, who raised in Egypt, and was very successful in France and some other countries (born: Yolande Christina Gigliotti). Norman Newell translated this song for her into English, and so she recorded it in English as “Born To Sing” too. Norman Newell wrote English lyrics for a few more of Dalida’s songs, and he was responsible for many hits of Shirley Bassey.

On the 1995 video An Audience With Shirley Bassey, she says before this song: “This next song was written for me by my dear friend Norman Newell, who wrote for me many of my hits. And this one is the last one, he wrote for me. Thank You Norman.” As written before, he had not written it for Shirley Bassey originally, but she was obviously referring to the fact, that he remembered this song, and offered it to Shirley Bassey. She brought it back to the audience, because Dalida had died a few years before.

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wt 2aDescription of the dress Dame Shirley Bassey wears for this performance:  A striking ‘shimmy’ gown by Douglas Darnell of sheer white silk chiffon, the bodice and narrow straps densely embroidered with imitation pearls, translucent sequins and large imitation pearl drops, the skirt slit centrally to the upper leg and decorated overall with tiers of cascading white silk tassels on imitation pearl terminals over vertical stripes of translucent sequins, the flowing train further embellished with multiple rows of translucent sequins on the upper surface and lined with a deep border of white sequins.
Weight: approx. 4.5kg.

La Passione CoverDame Shirley wore this gown during a performance at the Launch Party for London Fashion week, 15th February, 2003;  The gown was worn by Dame Shirley on a number of occasions in the late 1990s and is featured on the cover of the 1996 single recorded with Chris Rea Disco La Passione.
Sold at Christies Gown Auction for: £4,800.

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DSB At The 1987 Royal Variety Performance

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23rd November, 1987
The Palladium Theatre, London
ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE

Held in the presence of
HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II
and HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH K.G., K.T.

Presented by: London Weekend Television
Musical Director: Alyn Ainsworth
Producer: David Bell

ANTHONY NEWLEY AND THE ALAN HARDING DANCERS
JESSICA MARTIN
GARY WILMOT
PETER GOODWRIGHT
HILARY O’NEIL
ALLAN STEWART
BERNIE WINTERS
LESLIE CROWTHER
GEORGE CARL
BOBBY DAVRO
DOLORES GRAY
LES DAWSON
JOHNNY LOGAN
CANNON & BALL
SHIRLEY BASSEY
5 STAR
RONN LUCAS
LES MISERABLES – DUDU FISHER, KAHO SHIMADA, MICHAEL MGUIRE
STEPHEN FRY AND HUGH LAURIE
EARTHA KITT
HALE & PACE
JAMES GALWAY
ALAN BRIND
EVELYN GLENNIE
VLADIMIR OVCHINIKOV
MEL TORME & GEORGE SHEARING
MICAHEL BARRYMORE
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA WITH SARA BRIGHTMAN
MIKE YARWOOD
JOHNNIE RAY
ROSEMARY CLOONEY
SIR HARRY SECOMBE
JIMMY TARBUCK
TOM JONES

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About the dress Shirley wears for this performance:
A strapless gown of black net decorated overall with silver glitter stars, the full skirt of graduated layers falling to a train at the back, labelled inside Murray Arbeid London.
The photograph illustrated shows Dame Shirley wearing it on a publicity postcard from around the same date.

About the dress Shirley Bassey wears when meeting the Queen after the performance: An asymmetrical fitted gown of black velvet, the front decorated diagonally from the left shoulder to the fishtail skirt and across the upper back with stylised lilies and leaves in white satin edged with tiny Swarovski clear crystals, white bugle beads and silver thread, labelled inside Murray Arbeid London;
On the photograph illustrated Dame Shirley is wearing the black velvet dress when meeting H.M. The Queen after the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium, 23rd November, 1987.

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DSB at the 1976 Royal Variety Performance

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15th November, 1976
The Palladium Theatre, London

ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE
After sixteen years of recorded television broadcasts, in 1976, the Royal Variety Performance was broadcast live on television for the first time.

Held in the presence of
HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH & THE QUEEN MOTHER

Presented by: Bernard Delfont
Musical Director: Ronnie Hazelhurst
Producer: Robert Nesbitt
Compere: Max Bygraves.
BBC television presentation by Stewart Morris.

Performing artists:
LIONEL BLAIR
DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM
LOS REALES DEL PARAGUAY
ROGER DE COURCEY
LENA ZAVARONI
ARTHUR MITCHELL
GILBERT BECAUD
TOM O’CONNOR
DAWSON CHANCE
WAYNE KING
MIKE YARWOOD
SHIRLEY BASSEY

The rehearsels

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