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The Bodyguard

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Closed August 30, 2014

A night of continuous guilty pleasure

The Daily Telegraph

Why See The Bodyguard?

the bodyguard is back!

UK soul queen Beverly Knight slips back into 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. Ben Richard stars alongside her as her devoted (and handsome) bodyguard, Frank Farmer.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Following attempts on a young superstar's life, a former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer (Ben Richards) 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.

A MUST FOR WHITNEY FANS

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.

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Additional Information

Dates

Previews from: 6 November 2012

Opening night: 5 December 2012

Audience

The Bodyguard is suitable for audiences aged 12 and upwards

Run time

Two hours and 30 minutes with one interval

And before you stop reading

Beverley Knight is currently scheduled to appear at Tuesday to Friday evening performances and both performances on Saturday, subject to illness and holidays.

In addition, Beverley Knight is not scheduled to appear on the following days: Saturday 13 and Wednesday 31 August; Thursday 1, Friday 2, Saturday 3, Tuesday 20, Wednesday 21 and Wednesday 28 September; Saturday 1, Tuesday 18 and Friday 28 October; Saturday 12, Tuesday 15 and Tuesday 22 November; Saturday 17, Friday 30 and Saturday 31 December.

Cast and Creative

Cast

Beverley Knight as Rachel Marron*
Carole Stennett as Alternative Rachel Marron
Ben Richard as Frank Fields
Rachel John as Nicki Marron
Mark Holden as Bill Devaney
Dominic Taylor as Sy Spector
Alex Andreas as Tony Scibelli
Matthew Stathers as The Stalker
Glen Fox as Ray Court

*Beverley Knight is currently scheduled to appear at Tuesday to Friday evening performances and both performances on Saturday, subject to illness and holidays.
In addition, Beverley Knight is not scheduled to appear on the following days: Saturday 13 and Wednesday 31 August; Thursday 1, Friday 2, Saturday 3, Tuesday 20, Wednesday 21 and Wednesday 28 September; Saturday 1, Tuesday 18 and Friday 28 October; Saturday 12, Tuesday 15 and Tuesday 22 November; Saturday 17, Friday 30 and Saturday 31 December.

Creative

Directed by Thea Sharrock
Based on the Warner Bros. film Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan
Book by Alex Dinelaris
Set & Costume Designer by Tim Hatley
Choreography by Arthur Pita
Musical Supervisor & Vocal Arrangements by Mike Dixon
Orchestrations & Musical Arrangements by Chris Egan
Lighting Design by Mark Henderson
Sound Design by Richard Brooker

What we thought

technological INTERESTING Amazed!

use of video projection to denote off-stage action, including a thrilling chase through the woods in pursuit of Rachel's stalker.

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.

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Natalie Vincent

Natalie Vincent

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10 reviews, average rating: (4.7 Stars)

4.5 star rating

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