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Closed November 23, 2019

A night of continuous guilty pleasure

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Why See The Bodyguard?

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Starring X-Factor winner and pop star, Alexandra Burke! Don't miss your chance to see this heartfelt musical love letter to the late, great soul goddess Whitney Houston. The Bodyguard tours the UK, taking its incredible music and unforgettable songs to YOU! Based on the hit TV film, The Bodyguard is a story of love and second chances, set to timeless Whitney Houston hits like Queen of the Night, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, and of course, I Will Always Love You.


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.


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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Opening night: 12 November 2019


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

Images used are from the West End production and may not reflect the cast of the US tour

Cast and Creative


Alexandra Burke as Rachel Marron
Ben Lewis as Frank Farmer
Emmy Willow as Nicki Marron
Neil Reidman as Bill Devaney
Craig Berry as Tony
Gary Turner as Sy Spector
Phil Atkinson as The Stalker
Simon Cotton as Ray Court
Jennlee Shallow as Rachel Marron (at certain performances)

Rosie Cava-Beale, Myles Cork, Jamie Cox, Kerry Crozier, Sia Dauda, Gustav Die, Chris Edgerley, James Lee Harris, Holly Liburd, Natalie Jayne Hall, Jack Loy, Helen Parsons, Daniil Schmidt, Jessica Simmons, Yiota Theo and Michael Wade Peters


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!

At the start you are treated to a full-on concert experience that Lady Gaga would be jealous of!

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

What you thought

11 reviews, average rating: (4.7 Stars)

4.5 star rating

Julie: “Spectacular!”

I went to see this show not knowing what to expect and it was fantastic!... more

Rebecca Francis: “brilliant”

My 3 friends had a fantastic time. The 2 female characters (playing... more

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