Bodyguard for Edinburgh

Nov 6 2018 | By More

Burke back at Playhouse with The Bodyguard

Full casting has been announced for the UK and Ireland tour of The Bodyguard starring Alexandra Burke, which kicks off in Glasgow at the beginning of December 2018 and arrives in Edinburgh for a fortnight in July 2019.

The Playhouse has today confirmed that Alexandrea Burke will be playing the role of Rachel Marron when the production returns to Edinburgh from Tuesday 9 to Saturday 20 July, contrary to our report yesterday. She will be performing at all evening performances with Carol Stennet subbing for matinees.

Alexandra Burke in The Bodyguard. Pic: Paul Coltas

Alexandra Burke in The Bodyguard. Pic: Paul Coltas

Burke played the role in both the West End and the subsequent sell out tour which played the Playhouse in 2015. She first rose to fame after winning the fifth series of The X Factor and her debut number one single Hallelujah sold over one million copies in the UK, a first for a British female soloist.

She most recently appeared as ‘Svetlana’ in Chess at the London Coliseum and can currently be seen as Roxie in Chicago at the West End’s Phoenix Theatre. Last year she reached the final of Strictly Come Dancing. She was recently seen at the Playhouse as Deloris Van Cartier in the 2017 tour of Sister Act (★★★★☆ Habit forming).

Benoît Maréchal will play Frank Farmer, the Secret Service agent turned bodyguard who is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Maréchal played the role in the French production of the musical.

Micha Richardson will play Rachel’s big sister Nicki Marron, with Gary Turner as her pushy manager Sy Spector. Peter Landi and Craig Berry will play her existing security team, Bill Devaney and Tony.

Oscar nominated

Carol Stennet has been announced as replacement Marron on the tour, performing the role in all matinee performances. Stennet has appeared in the role extensively as well as the role of Nicki Marron in the show in the West End. Her other credits include Nala in The Lion King in the West End and on tour.

Benoît Maréchalm (Frank Famer), Carol Stennet (Alternate Rachel Marron) and Micha Richardson (Nicki Marron) in the UK tour of The Bodyguard.

Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated movie starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, this is the production directed by Thea Sharrock with book by Alex Dinelaris which toured to the Playhouse in 2015 (Æ review: ★★★★☆ Rocks it).

When Frank Farmer arrives to take charge of Rachel’s security, both expect to be in charge – what they don’t expect is to fall in love.

The romantic thriller features a clutch of classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and the big one – I Will Always Love You.


The Bodyguard.
Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, EH1 3AA
Tuesday 9 – Saturday 20 July 2019
Evenings: 7.30pm. Thursday, Saturday matinees: 2.30pm
For tickets and information: Click here to book now.

The original cast recording is available from Amazon. Click image for details:

The Bodyguard on tour 2018/19:
3–29 December 2018 Glasgow
Theatre Royal
0844 871 7647 Book online
8-19 January 2019 Hull
New Theatre
01482 300 300 Book online
22 January – 2 February 2019 Southend on Sea
Cliffs Pavilioin
01702 351135 Book online
6 – 16 February 2019 Belfast
Grand Opera House
02890 241919 Book online
26 February – 9 March 2019 Liverpool
08448 713 017 Book online
12-23 March 2019 Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes Theatre
08448 717652 Book online
26 March – 6 April 2019 Bristol
0844 871 3012 Book online
16-27 April 2019 Cardiff
Wales Millennium Centre
029 2063 6464 Book online
30 April – 11 May 2019 Norwich
Theatre Royal
01603 63 00 00 Book online
14-25 May 2019 Canterbury
The Marlowe Theatre
01227 787787 Book online
28 May – 8 June 2019 Southampton
The Mayflower Theatre
02380 711811 Book online
11-22 June 2019 Nottingham
Royal Concert Hall
0115 989 5555 Book online
25 June – 6 July 2019*
Casting to be confirmed.
Grand Theatre
01902 429212 Book online
9 – 20 July 2019 Edinburgh
0844 871 3014 Book online
23 July – 3 August 2019 Newcastle
Theatre Royal
08448 11 21 21 Book online


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