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Preview: The Bodyguard at Sunderland Empire

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The award-winning international smash hit musical The Bodyguard starring Grammy-nominated singer and former Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton as Rachel Marron


The Bodyguard 

Sunderland Empire

Monday 13 – Saturday 18 February 2023

Tickets: *


Producers, Michael Harrison and David Ian are delighted to announce that the award-winning international smash hit musical The Bodyguard starring former Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton will tour the UK and Ireland playing at Sunderland Empire from Monday 13 February 2023. 

Melody Thornton.
Photo: Mark Rogers

Selling over 70 million albums as a member of one of the most celebrated girl groups of all time, The Pussycat Dolls, Melody Thornton is a multi-platinum Grammy-nominated artist. In 2020 she released her much-lauded debut solo EP, Lioness Eyes. Melody received rave reviews and audience acclaim for her performance as Rachel Marron when The Bodyguard toured China for six months. In 2018 she reached the final five in ITV’s Dancing On Ice.

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. 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, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest hit songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.

Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated Warner Bros. movie starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, The Bodyguard, directed by Thea Sharrock with book by Oscar winning Alex Dinelaris, had its world premiere at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End and was nominated for four Olivier Awards. A sell out 18 month UK and Ireland tour followed, before the show returned to the West End at the Dominion Theatre ahead of a second sell out tour of the UK and Ireland in 2018/19.  To date, The Bodyguard has played to over 3.6 million people in 15 countries and 45 US cities. Countries include the Netherlands, Germany, South Korea, China, Canada, Italy, Australia, Spain, France, the US, Austria and Japan.


The Bodyguard will hit Sunderland Empire’s stage from Monday 13 February – Saturday 18 February 2023. Tickets are available from the Ticket Centre on 0844 871 7615* or online at *

*A £3.65 transaction fee applies to telephone and online bookings. Calls cost up to 7p per minute plus your standard network charge.

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