Bodyguard is Manchester's Christmas musical

Published: 4 January 2015
Reporter: David Upton

Alexandra Burke (Rachel Marron) in The Bodyguard at The Adelphi Theatre, London Credit: Alessandro Pinna

Alexandra Burke will reprise her West End starring role when the hit musical The Bodyguard comes to the Palace Theatre Manchester next December.

Following her sell-out run at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End, the three-time Brit nominee and X-Factor winner will star as Rachel Marron.

She rose to fame after winning the fifth series of The X Factor. Her debut number one single "Hallelujah" sold more than a million copies in the UK, a first for a British female soloist.

She will perform the role of Marron at all evening performances while matinée performances will be played by Zoe Birkett, best known as highest placing female contestant in ITV’s Pop Idol, 2002.

The Bodyguard—based on the 1992 Oscar nominated film that starred Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner—was nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical and Best Set Design and won Best New Musical at the Whatsonstage Awards.

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.

The show features a 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 biggest selling songs of all time: "I Will Always Love You".

It will run from December 8 to January 2.

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