The Bodyguard Musical
The Bodyguard Musical received its world premiere at the Adelphi Theatre where it opened officially on 5 December 2012. The show received many excellent critical reviews as well as praise from audience members who have been taken in by the fantastic story, impressive design and stand out performances.
The musical is based on the hit film of the same name, which starred Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, and is a romantic tale of a music superstar Rachel Marron falling in love with her bodyguard Frank Farmer. The film’s soundtrack became as successful as the film, making ‘I Will Always Love You’ an instant classic. The film used a number of other Houston songs such as ‘Run to You’ and ‘I Have Nothing’ which are included in the musical adaptation. The score includes a host of Houston’s famous songs including ‘Queen of the Night’, ‘One Moment in Time’, ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ and the immortal ‘I Will Always Love You’.
Cast and Creative
New Cast Announced as the show extends to March 2013
As of September 2013 multi-award winning recording artist BEVERLEY KNIGHT will join the cast as superstar Rachel Marron. Known as the ‘Queen of British Soul’, Beverley Knight has sold over a million albums in the UK alone. After performing at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, she is currently working on her 8th studio album. She will be joined in ‘The Bodyguard’ by ‘Casualty’ star TRISTAN GEMMILL who will replaced Lloyd Owen as Frank Farmer, Rachel’s bodyguard. DEBBIE KURUP will continue playing Nicki Marron, and will also be joined by Richard Lloyd King (Bill Devaney), Stephen Marcus (Tony), Dominic Taylor (Sy Spector), Michael Rouse (Stalker) and Stuart Reid (Ray Court).
Original London Cast includes: Frank Farmer: Lloyd Owen, Rachel Marron: Heather Headley, Bill Devaney: Ray Shell, Tony Scibelli: Nicolas Colicos, The Stalker: Mark Letheren, Nicki Marron: Debbie Krupp
Creative Team includes: Book: Alexander Dinelaris, based on the screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan. Direction: Thea Sharrock, Choreography: Arthur Pitt, Musical Director: Richard Beadle, Set and Costume Design: Tim Hatley.
Please note, that at matinee performances the role of Rachel Marron is played by Gloria Onitiri.
(The producers of The Bodyguard cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to illness and holidays. Heather Headley is expected to appear at all evening performances excluding Tue 12 February, Mon 18 – Sat 23 March, Mon 13 – Wed 15 May, Mon 17 – Thu 20 June, Mon 15 – Wed 17 July inclusive. Lloyd Owen is expected to appear at all performances excluding Fri 15 – Tue 19 Feb, Mon 25 – Sat 30 March, Thu 25 – Sat 27 April, Mon 27 May – Sat 1 June, Mon 1 – Sat 6 July inclusive.)
Show Length and Times
The Bodyguard began previews on 6 November 2012, with an official press night on December 5th 2012. The show starts at 7:30pm Monday through Saturday, with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 3:00pm. The running time is 2 hours 30 minutes including a 20 minute interval. Act 1 runs for 75 minutes, Act 2 for 55 minutes. Evening performances finish at 10pm and matinee performances at 5.30pm.
Synopsis and Songs
Frank Farmer is assigned to look after international superstar Rachel Marron, her son Fletcher and her sister Nikki. As he becomes closer to the family a love triangle is formed as both girls compete for his affections. A Stalker makes continued efforts at breaching security, resulting in Frank protecting Rachel at key events such as the Academy Awards where she is nominated, and performs ‘One Moment in Time’. As well as the hit songs from the film, the musical also features the songs “Saving All My Love for You”, “So Emotional”, “How Will I Know?” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”.
Official Video Preview
Official tickets for The Bodyguard Musical are available by using the search form to the left of the page. Simply select your month and number of tickets and you will be given a variety of seating and date options.