By the end of the 1940s, Danny Kaye’s films were widely distributed across the world; however, his popularity as a live performer was centralized in the United States. In 1948, Kaye was invited to perform his variety show for a six-week run at the premiere theater in London—the Palladium. His act was a success with the London audiences as shows were quickly sold out and rave reviews rolled in. The performances were attended by the English elite including Winston Churchill and members of the Royal Family. After his stint was over, he was invited by King George VI to perform at the Royal Command Variety Performance—an annual variety show at the London Palladium hosted by the Royal Family. The show, which was headlined by Kaye, featured hundreds of other performers including a young Julie Andrews.