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409-412 Strand, London, WC2R 0NS
Ended 30 Aug 2014 after 21 months
A night of continuous guilty pleasure
The Daily Telegraph
Brit nominee and X-Factor-winning fave Alexandra Burke is set to take over one of the West End's most coveted lead roles, as soul diva Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard, immortalised on film by the late, great Whitney Houston.
Following the departure of UK soul queen Beverley Knight at the end of May, Burke will join her co-star Tristan Gemmill as her bodyguard lover, Frank Farmer, trading insults, secrets, and later, kisses.
Following attempts on a young superstar's life, a former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer is hired to protect his new charge from a prolific and determined stalker. But Farmer discovers to his chagrin, that showbusiness works differently from what he is used to; Rachel Marron is headstrong, stubborn and a diva to boot. And she doesn't take kindly to following orders. A charged tug-of-war ensues, as each try to press their boundaries of power - but what they don't expect, is to fall in love.
The 1992 blockbuster hit propelled Whitney Houston to superstardom, along with Kevin Costner, and is revered as one of the best romantic thrillers in cinema. Already in development for the stage in 2012, the news of Houston's untimely death in the February almost caused the initial lead actress in the show, Heather Hadley, to pull out amidst fears of comparison with the late Houston.
The Bodyguard features a multitude of Whitney Houston's greatest hits, including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, I'm Your Baby Tonight, Run to You, I Have Nothing, How Will I Know, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and one of the greatest hit songs of all time - THAT cover of I Will Always Love You.
Previews from: 6 November 2012
Opening night: 5 December 2012
Closing night: 30 August 2014
The Bodyguard is suitable for audiences aged 12 and upwards
Two hours and 30 minutes with one interval
Chock-full of Houston's songs that made the film as memorable as it is today, but they fit well into the overall narrative well, without halting it. more »
9 reviews, average rating: (4.7 Stars)
I went to see this show not knowing what to expect and it was fantastic! Fr... more
My 3 friends had a fantastic time. The 2 female characters (playing Rach... more
Saw this yesterday for my birthday 01/03/14. Wasn't really sure what to exp... more
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