Beverley Knight & Tristan Gemmill in The Bodyguard - photo by Paul Coltas
In September this year, multi award-winning recording artist Beverley Knight will join the cast of the hit West End musical, The Bodyguard, to play the leading role of Oscar-nominated superstar Rachel Marron. Also joining the cast will be Tristan Gemmill who will play Rachel’s bodyguard, Frank Farmer.
Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated Warner Bros. film, Thea Sharrock’s production ofThe Bodyguard has book by Alex Dinelaris. December 2012 saw the world premiere of this production at the Adelphi Theatre, where booking now extends to 8 March 2014 with the release of almost 235,000 new tickets for sale.
On joining the West End production Beverley Knight said: “I am so excited about playing Rachel Marron on stage in The Bodyguard. To be making my West End theatre debut playing such an iconic role is both somewhat challenging and highly exhilarating and it will be nothing but a privilege to perform the best of Whitney Houston’s extraordinary catalogue each night on stage at the Adelphi Theatre.
After seeing the show as a member of the audience I thought how brilliant it would be to join such a fantastic company on stage as they performed one iconic song after another and I couldn’t be happier that this is now to become a reality. I first heard Whitney’s music when she made her debut and exploded onto the scene with “Saving All My Love For You” when I was 13 years old. I have been mesmerised ever since. To be working with a creative team led by director Thea Sharrock, designer Tim Hatley, orchestrator Chris Egan and musical supervisor Mike Dixon, as well as Tristan and all the cast and crew, is going to be really exciting. I can’t wait to begin!”
The Bodyguard is now booking until 30 August, 2014 at the Adelphi Theatre, Strand
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