The Bodyguard at the Dominion Theatre starring Beverley Knight

Dominion Theatre, London
Booking to 7 January 2017
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International hit musical The Bodyguard returns to the West End starring Beverley Knight.

Based on the Oscar nominated film starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, blockbuster musical The Bodyguard will play a limited 6 month run at the Dominion Theatre.

Starring Britain’s Queen of Soul Beverley Knight as superstar Rachel Moran and Ben Richards as Frank Farmer, The Bodyguard is the smash-hit romantic thriller featuring Whitney Houston’s greatest hits, including Queen of the Night, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and – of course – I Will Always Love You.

The Bodyguard runs from 15 July 2016 to 7 January 2017 at the Dominion Theatre.

THE STORY

Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love.

CAST

Beverley Knight (Rachel Marron) and Ben Richards (Frank Farmer) star alongside Rachel John (Nicki Marron), Carole Stennett (alternate Rachel Marron), Mark Holden (Bill Devaney), Alex Andreas (Tony), Dominic Taylor (Sy Spector), Matthew Stathers (Stalker) and Glen Fox (Ray Court).

Ensemble members are Faye Best, Pablo Ceresuela Torres, Carlos Ugarriza Crespo, Lisa Darnell, Charles Hagerty, Emma Joy Hopkins, Ibinabo Jack, Christopher Jeffers, Verity Jones, Phoebe Liberty, Raul Naranjo Garcia, Mary Lynn Tiep, Michael Wade-Peters, Matthew Wesley, Emmy Willow and Mark Willshire

CREATIVE TEAM

Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated Warner Bros. film, Thea Sharrock’s production of The Bodyguard has book by Alex Dinelaris. With designs by Tim Hatley, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Richard Brooker and video designs by Duncan McLean, choreography is by Karen Bruce, orchestrations by Chris Egan with musical supervision by Richard Beadle

REVIEWS

“The runaway gold-plated hit musical” Daily Mail
“One of the best West End shows I’ve ever seen” Heart


Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 7 January 2017

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Important Notes

Age Restrictions: Suitable for 12+ Important Info: Beverley Knight is NOT scheduled to perform on Mondays or midweek matinees including any revised matinee performances, or on 18 October, 28 October, 12 November, 15 November, 17 December, and 30-31 December. At Monday evening and Wednesday matinee performances the role of Rachel Marron will be played by Carole Stennett. The producers of The Bodyguard cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to illness and holidays.


Venue Information

Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7AQ
Nearest Tube or Train: Tottenham Court Road (Central line, Northern line)
Nearest Buses: 7, 8, 10, 14, 14A, 19, 22, 24, 25, 29, 38, 40, 73, 176
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Alexandra Burke to star in The Bodyguard
The X Factor winner Alexandra Burke is to replace Beverley Knight in The Bodyguard at the Adelphi Theatre. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Alexandra Burke to star in The Bodyguard[/caption] We didn't think they could replace Heather Headley in The Bodyguard let alone Beverley Knight! But producer David Ian has pulled it out of the bag again with the announcement that Alexandra Burke is to take over in the hit show. Joining the cast from 2 June to 30 August 2014, Burke will take the lead as superstar Rachel Marron, alongside Tristan Gemmill as Rachel’s bodyguard, Frank Farmer. The Bodyguard will continue to play at the Adelphi Theatre until 30 August 2014. Made in Dagenham The Musical starts at the theatre from 9 October 2014. Beverley Knight will continue in the role of Rachel Marron until 31 May 2014 before heading over to the Shaftesbury Theatre to star in Memphis The Musical, also from 9 October 2014. In a press statement, Alexandra Burke said: “I couldn’t be more excited about joining the cast of The Bodyguard and to play the iconic role of Rachel Marron will be adream come true. I am a massive Whitney Houston fan so to be given the opportunity to play a role made famous by her every night will be a real privilege. I start rehearsals very soon with my fellow cast mates and the brilliant creative team and, with a little trepidation, I am looking forward to our first performance in June.” Alexandra Burke rose to fame after winning series 5 of The X Factor. Nominated three times for a Brit award, she has released three studio albums, embarked on a solo tour and supported Beyoncé on her I Am... Tour. BOOK Book tickets to The Bodyguard at the Adelphi Theatre
West End Theatre: News this week
A round-up of news and gossip from the West End this week, including Denise van Outen's new one-woman show, gala nights at One Man, Two Guvnors and The Bodyguard, The Lion King reaches its 14th birthday and more. Denise van Outen heads to West End? [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Denise van Outen in new show Some Girl I Used To Know[/caption] West End producers will be watching Denise van Outen's new one-woman show, Some Girl I Used To Know, with interest when it tours the UK next year. The TV and stage star is much-loved by audiences and her new show, which begins at the West Yorkshire Playhouse on 5 February 2014, is tipped to find a London home if it does well on tour. In the show Denise plays a media darling who has a successful career and supportive husband, and is set to music from the 80's and 90's. Given van Outen's recent split from West End star Lee Mead, much attention will be on both her and the show. Photo: One Man, Two Guvnors [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The cast of One Man, Two Guvnors at the curtain call. Photo: Dan Wooller[/caption] Hit National Theatre comedy One Man, Two Guvnors became the longest running play at Theatre Royal Haymarket this week. Cast celebrated at a special gala. Read more. Photo: The Bodyguard [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Tristan Gemmill (Frank Farmer) and Beverley Knight (Rachel Marron) at the Curtain Call for The Bodyguard. Photo: Dan Wooller[/caption] The cast of The Bodyguard at the Adelphi Theatre celebrated this week with a special media night to welcome new cast members Beverley Knight as pop superstar Rachel Marron and Tristan Gemmill as her bodyguard Frank Farmer. The Thea Sharrock helmed musical continues to do well at the Adelphi Theatre in London.   [caption id="" align="alignright" width="100"] Penelope Wilton[/caption] Penelope Wilton is Bliss A special series of National Theatre Platforms are currently underway to celebrate this month's 50th anniversary of the theatre. And if there is any justice in the world then producers should be hysterically calling Penelope Wilton around now. She said on Tuesday in her Platform alongside playwright David Hare that she has always dreamed of playing Judith Bliss in Noel Coward's Hay Fever but no one has ever asked her. PRODUCERS - YOU KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO. Read more.   [caption id="" align="alignright" width="100"] The Lion King[/caption] The Lion King Teen Disney's The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre is well into his teenage years now as the show celebrates its 14th birthday on 19 October. This comes at the same time as the original Broadway production tops the $1 billion gross of ticket sales - the first time for a Broadway show. Read more.     [caption id="" align="alignright" width="100"] Rufus Norris[/caption] Norris Nets National Director Rufus Norris was named new artistic director of the National Theatre, taking over from Nicholas Hytner in Spring 2015.  An Associate Director of the National Theatre, he recently directed James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner at the National Theatre, and new play Table in the National’s Shed venue written by his wife, playwright Tanya Ronder.  Read more.  
Beverley Knight to star in The Bodyguard
A new cast and extended booking period has been announced for The Bodyguard at the Adelphi Theatre. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Beverley Knight & Tristan Gemmill in The Bodyguard. Photo: Paul Coltas[/caption] The Bodyguard, the musical based on the Whitney Houston movie and featuring her songs, is to get a new cast at the Adelphi Theatre in London from September 2013. British singer songwriter Beverley Knight will take the starring role of Rachel Marron in the show, replacing current star Heather Headley. The title role of the bodyguard Frank Farmer, employed to protect superstar singer Rachel Marron from a stalker, will be played by Tristan Gemmill (Casualty), who replaces Lloyd Owen in the role. Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s film and directed by Thea Sharrock with a book by Alex Dinelaris, The Bodyguard will extend its run at the Adelphi Theatre until 8 March 2014. Other cast include Debbie Kurup as Nicki Marron, Richard Lloyd King (Bill Devaney), Stephen Marcus (Tony), Dominic Taylor (Sy Spector), Michael Rouse (Stalker) and Stuart Reid (Ray Court). The show features many 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, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and one of the greatest hit songs of all time - I Will Always Love You. Dubbed the Queen of British Soul,  Beverley Knight is a singer/songwriter  who has sold over a million albums in the UK and has won three MOBO Awards, an Outstanding Achievement Award at the Urban Music Awards and multiple BRIT nominations. Heather Headley will continue to perform until 11 August 2013 (not 3pm or 5pm shows). Gloria Onitiri will play the role of Rachel from 12 August to 7 September 2013. Beverley Knight joins from 9 September 2013 (not matinee shows). BOOK Book tickets to The Bodyguard at the Adelphi Theatre in London
Whatsonstage Awards winners announced
The winners of the Whats On Stage awards have been announced, including The Bodyguard winning Best New Musical. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Heather Headley and the cast of The Bodyguard perform at this year's Whatsonstage Awards. The Bodyguard scooped Best New Musical. Photo: Peter Gibbons[/caption] At a ceremony last night, 17 February 2013, at the Palace Theatre in London a host of West End stars gathered for the annual awards, voted for by members of the theatregoing public. Hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Rufus Hound, over 60,000 people voted for this year's awards. Big winners included Chichester's West End transfer of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, with Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton both taking home awards for Best Actor and Best Actress in a Musical. The show also picked up gongs for Best Musical Revival, Best Director for Jonathan Kent and Best Lighting Designer for Mark Henderson. Other musicals to take home prizes last night included The Bodyguard, which against stiff competition scooped the Best New Musical award. The arena tour production of Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar saw Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical awards go to  Tim Minchin and Melanie C respectively. And hot on the heels of the new film version of Les Miserables, Cameron Mackintosh's original London production at the Queen's Theatre won Best West End Show and Best Takeover for Ramin Karimloo for his performance as Jean Valjean. In other musical awards, pop star Will Young received the London Newcomer of the Year award for his West End debut performance as the Emcee in Cabaret at the Savoy Theatre. Broadway star Idina Menzel, the original Elphaba in Wicked, scooped Best Solo Performance for her West End concert last year, Boy George musical Taboo at Brixton Club House won Best Off-West End Production, and Green Day's Broadway musical American Idiot took Best Regional Production for its autumn tour. In drama, Sheridan Smith continued her awards run as she took Best Actress in a Play for Hedda Gabler at the Old Vic. Best Supporting Actress in a Play went to Natalie Casey, currently starring in the National tour of 9 to 5 The Musical, for her performance in the Menier Chocolate Factory's revival of Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party, which also won Best Play Revival. Best Actor in a Play went to Rupert Everett for his current theatrical performance as Oscar Wilde in The Judas Kiss at the Duke of York's Theatre. Shakespeare's Globe's Richard III and Twelfth Night double-bill earned earned three awards: Best Ensemble Performance for the company, Best Shakespearean Production for Twelfth Night and Best Supporting Actor in a Play for Stephen Fry as Malvolio in Twelfth Night. The National Theatre's stage adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time was named Best New Play ahead of its transfer to the Apollo Theatre in the West End, and Graham Linehan's stage version of the Ealing comedy The Ladykillers won Best New Comedy. In other awards, Danny Boyle's Olympics Opening Ceremony was rewarded with the Theatre Event of the Year gong. And the late Marvin Hamlisch was honoured in the Best Original Music category for his score for Sweet Smell of Success, which received its UK premiere in October at London's Arcola Theatre. Hamlisch's musical A Chorus Line is now running at the London Palladium. LINKS Whatsonstage Awards 2013 - complete list of winners VIDEO Highlights of the Whatsonstage Awards 2013 httpv://youtu.be/fmBkMtjheHs
250,000 New Tickets Now On Sale For New West End Hit Musical The Bodyguard
Thea Sharrock’s hit production of The Bodyguard, which opened in December last year, today announces the release of over 250,000 tickets for sale, taking booking at the Adelphi Theatre to 28 September 2013. Starring Heather Headley (to 10 August 2013) as Rachel Marron and Lloyd Owen (to 7 September 2013) as Frank Farmer and based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated Warner Bros. film, Sharrock’s production of this new musical has book by Alex Dinelaris. The current cast performing alongside Headley and Owen are Debbie Kurup (Nicki Marron), Mark Letheren (The Stalker), Ray Shell (Bill Devaney), Nicolas Colicos (Tony Scibelli), Mark McKerracher (Herb Farmer), Sean Chapman (Sy Spector), David Page (Rory Fryman) and Oliver Le Sueur (Ray Court). They are joined by Luis Buddy, Caius Duncombe, Jayden Fowora Knight, Kwame Kandekore, Taylor Lockhart and Malakai Paul who will share the role of Fletcher, Rachel Marron’s young son. Ensemble members are Nigel Barber, Jordan Darrell, Yasmin Harrison, Shanay Holmes, Holly James, Robert Jezek, Melissa Keyes, Gil Kolirin, Janet Kumah, Nicholas Maude, Richard Murphy, Gloria Onitiri, Ashley J Packer, Dharmesh Patel, Lucinda Shaw, Paul Smethurst, Charlotte Watts and James Wooldridge. Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a whole host of irresistible classics 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, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and one of the greatest hit songs of all time - I Will Always Love You. With designs by Tim Hatley, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Richard Brooker and video designs by Duncan McLean. Choreography is by Arthur Pita, orchestrations by Chris Egan with musical supervision by Mike Dixon. The Bodyguard is produced by Michael Harrison and David Ian. Tony and Grammy award-winning Heather Headley makes her West End stage debut as Rachel Marron. Having originated the role of Nala in The Lion King on Broadway, Headley went on to play the title role in Aida for which she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Her debut solo album, This is Who I Am, was nominated for two Grammy Awards. Her third studio album, Audience of One, won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album. In recent years she has worked extensively with Andrea Bocelli on his American and international tours and sung at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Lloyd Owen was last on stage in London playing leading roles in Loyalty at Hampstead Theatre and Blood and Gifts at the National Theatre. Previously his theatre credits include The York Realist for the Royal Court, Julius Caesar for the Young Vic, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? for the Almeida Theatre and The Way of the World for the Royal Exchange Theatre. On television Owen is best known for playing Paul Bowman-MacDonald in the BBC’s long running drama Monarch of the Glen and Indiana Jones’ father Professor Henry Jones, Sr, in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. His other television credits include Ghost Squad, The Vice, Coupling, Wire in the Blood and Dead Gorgeous. His film credits include Apollo 18, Miss Potter, The Republic of Love, Between Dreams and the forthcoming Free Ride with Anna Paquin and Drea de Matteo. Swarovski is the jewellery and crystal partner for The Bodyguard. Nadja Swarovski said: “Swarovski is thrilled to be supporting the stage production of The Bodyguard. Tim Hatley has created show-stopping costumes for Heather Headley’s portrayal of superstar Rachel Marron, bringing a modern and innovative approach to the designs.” Press release issued by: Premier PR LINKS Book tickets to THE BODYGUARD at the Adelphi Theatre in London

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