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Preview: The Bodyguard at Newcastle Theatre Royal

Alexandra Burke To Star In The Bodyguard 
When It Arrives In Newcastle!

The Bodyguard
Newcastle Theatre Royal
1st - 18th April 2015
Alexandra Burke will take on the role of Rachel Marron when the multi award-winning West End musical The Bodyguard, visits Newcastle Theatre Royal next Spring on its first ever UK tour.  Get ready to be blown away from Wednesday 1st – Saturday 18th April 2015!

Alexandra Burke in The Bodyguard
photo by Uli Weber

Following her sell-out run at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End, producers Michael Harrison and David Ian have today announced that three-time Brit nominee and X Factor winner, Alexandra Burke, will star in the leading role of Rachel Marron in the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of Thea Sharrock’s hit musical The Bodyguard.

Alexandra Burke said "I couldn't be happier to be joining the tour and I'm excited to get started. Being on the theatre stage has brought me great happiness. It is an honour to have been asked to join the team and I look forward to creating new and long lasting memories with the cast."

Alexandra Burke in The Bodyguard
(Photograph of West End production)
Photo by Paul Coltas
Alexandra Burke rose to fame after winning the fifth series of The X Factor. Her debut number one single Hallelujah sold over one million copies in the UK, a first for a British female soloist. Burke’s first album, Overcome saw the release of her subsequent number one singles Bad Boys and Start Without You. In 2011 she embarked on her first solo tour and was invited by BeyoncĂ© to support her I Am... Tour. Her second album, Heartbreak on Hold, was released in June 2012 and later this year sees the release of her third studio album.

Alexandra Burke will perform the role of Rachel Marron at all evening performances. At the matinee performances, the role of Rachel Marron will be played by Zoe Birkett.

Zoe Birkett, born and raised in Consett, is probably best known as the highest placing female contestant in ITV’s Pop Idol, 2002. Since then she has appeared in the West End productions of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and originated the female lead in Thriller Live. Her other theatre credits include the Acid Queen in Tommy and Maureen in Rent.

Alexandra Burke in The Bodyguard
(Photograph of West End production)
Photo by Paul Coltas
Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated Warner Bros. film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, The Bodyguardwas nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical and Best Set Design and won Best New Musical at the Whatsonstage Awards.

The story sees former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, 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. A romantic thriller, The Bodyguard 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.

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The Bodyguard appears at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Wed 1 – Sat 18 April 2015(Evenings: 7.30pm, Matinees: Thursdays 2pm, Saturdays 2.30pm and Wednesday 15 April 2pm).
Tickets are on sale now and are available from £17.50 (a booking fee of 95p - £1.95 will apply to most tickets) can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 or select your own seat and book online at

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