Full cast announced for The Bodyguard

The full cast are announced for the West End return of The Bodyguard.

The Bodyguard

The full cast has now been announced for the West End return of The Bodyguard which begins performances at the Dominion Theatre on 15 July 2016 with an official opening on 21 July, where it is booking to 7 January 2017.

"Queen of British Soul" Beverley Knight will return to the role of 'Rachel Marron', the part made famous in the film by the late Whitney Houston. She will be joined by Ben Richards in the title role, alongside Rachel John (Nicki Marron), Carole Stennett (alternate Rachel Marron), Mark Holden (Bill Devaney), Alex Andreas (Tony), Dominic Taylor (Sy Spector), Matthew Stathers (Stalker) and Glen Fox (Ray Court).

The full ensemble will include Omari Bernard, Faye Best, Pablo Ceresuela Torres, Lisa Darnell, Charles Hagerty, Emma Joy Hopkins, Ibinabo Jack, Christopher Jeffers, Verity Jones, Annie Kitchen, Phoebe Liberty, Elliot Powell, Raul Naranjo Garcia, Mary Lynn Tiep, Michael Wade-Peters, Kyle Wardlaw, Matthew Wesley, Emmy Willow and Mark Willshire Keaton Edmund, Max Fincham, Jaden Oshenye and Mickell Stewart Grimes alternate the role of Fletcher, Rachel Marron’s young son.

Based on the 1991 film of the same name, the musical follows Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, who 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 production features a whole host 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", "Jesus Loves Me", "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" and one of the greatest hit songs of all time – "I Will Always Love You".

The original West End production of The Bodyguard opened at the Adelphi Theatre on 5 December 2012, and closed on 29 August 2014. The production has recently enjoyed a UK tour starring Alexandra Burke.

The show features a book by Alex Dinelaris and is based on the Warner Bros. film of the same name with screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan. It is directed by Thea Sharrock with design by Tim Hatley, choreography by Arthur Pita and lighting by Mark Henderson.

As well as running around the UK, international productions of The Bodyguard continue at the Beatrix Theater in Utrecht, in the Netherlands and the Musical Dome Theatre in Cologne, Germany. Later this year productions will open in Korea and Italy and a US production will open in November.

Tickets for the West End return of The Bodyguard are now on sale.

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