The Bodyguard, Adelphi Theatre - review

Published: Friday, October 18, 2013 6:57 PM | Review by: Micallar Walker-Smith | Afridiziak Star Rating:
Curtain Call The Bodyguard Curtain Call, The Bodyguard at the Adelphi Theatre. Photo Credit Dan Wooller

The Bodyguard is all about the music and boy does Knight deliver


The Adelphi Theatre was bursting at the seams with stars eager to see Wolverhampton’s Beverley Knight MBE take on the role of singing sensation Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard.


Joss Stone, Emeli Sandé, Wretch 32 and Shingai Shoniwa, to name but a few, turned out to see ‘our Bev’ in the musical theatre adaptation of the 1992 box office hit.


The romantic thriller made famous by the late great Whitney Houston and co-star Kevin Costner is about a global music star being stalked. Enter Frank Farmer (Tristan Gemmill), the ex-secret service agent turned bodyguard hired to protect her.

Knight sufficiently succeeds Heather Headley in the lead role having mastered the American accent and diva head rolls.


Knight sufficiently succeeds Heather Headley in the lead role having mastered the American accent and diva head rolls. She beautifully croons her way through Whitney’s delicious back catalogue, nailing each number and firmly stamps her mark. It’s not quite Whitney who? but she comes close. Her slightly exaggerated acting proves a little hard to watch at times but let’s face it, The Bodyguard is all about the music and boy does Knight deliver.


Tristan Gemmill (Frank Farmer) and Beverley Knight (Rachel Marron) Curtain Call, The Bodyguard. Photo Credit Dan Wooller Tristan Gemmill (Frank Farmer) and Beverley Knight (Rachel Marron) Curtain Call, The Bodyguard. Photo Credit Dan Wooller

Tim Hatley’s set design is clever and effective. Enormous monochrome character projections serve as a backdrop and an interesting contrast with the simplicity of on stage solos. There is the ingenious use of geometric screen partitions which glide effortlessly between scenes, notably morphing into a recording studio at Rachel’s mansion. Watch out for the impressive log cabin too.


The lighting headed up by Mark Henderson is a little O.T.T. with strobe lighting fit to rival a disco in Vegas but comes good when casting sinister shadows over Michael Rouse’s chilling stalker.

Beverley Knight beautifully croons her way through Whitney’s delicious back catalogue, nailing each number and firmly stamps her mark.


Overall, The Bodyguard is a hugely enjoyable cheese fest… and so a fitting close.


Less ‘I Will Always Love You’ and more ‘Queen of the Night’ for just one night…



Info: The Bodyguard is at The Adelphi until March 8, 2014



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Beverley Knight MBE– interview




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