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Alexandra Burke and Zoe Birkett in The Bodyguard Tour

The BodyguardAlexandra 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.

Following her sell-out run at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End, producers Michael Harrison and David Ian are delighted to announce 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 www.thebodyguardmusical.com. The tour opens at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on 12 February 2015. Tour schedule below.

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 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 Beyoncé 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.

Zoe Birkett 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.

Read our previous exclusive interview with Zoe Birkett

Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated Warner Bros. film, THE BODYGUARD, which 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. 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.

THE BODYGUARD – UK AND IRELAND TOUR 2015
THURSDAY 12 – SATURDAY 28 FEBRUARY
MAYFLOWER THEATRE, SOUTHAMPTON
http://www.mayflower.org.uk

WEDNESDAY 4 – SATURDAY 14 MARCH
KING’S THEATRE GLASOW

TUESDAY 17 – SATURDAY 28 MARCH
HIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE ABERDEEN
www.aberdeenperformingarts.com

WEDNESDAY 1 APRIL – SATURDAY 18 APRIL
THEATRE ROYAL NEWCASTLE
www.theatreroyal.co.uk

TUESDAY 21 APRIL – SATURDAY 2 MAY
WOLVERHAMPTON GRAND THEATRE
www.grandtheatre.co.uk

TUESDAY 2 – SATURDAY 13 JUNE
ALHAMBRA THEATRE BRADFORD
www.bradford-theatres.co.uk

TUESDAY 16 JUNE –SATURDAY 27 JUNE
WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF
www.wmc.org.uk

TUESDAY 7 – SATURDAY 18 JULY
THEATRE ROYAL PLYMOUTH
www.theatreroyal.com

TUESDAY 21 JULY – SATURDAY 1 AUGUST
BORD GÁIS ENERGY THEATRE
www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie

TUESDAY 4 – SATURDAY 29 AUGUST
BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME
www.birminghamhippodrome.com

TUESDAY 29 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 10 OCTOBER
EDINBURGH PLAYHOUSE

TUESDAY 13 OCTOBER – SATURDAY 24 OCTOBER
NOTTINGHAM CONCERT HALL
www.trch.co.uk/

TUESDAY 27 OCTOBER – SATURDAY 7 NOVEMBER
LYCEUM THEATRE, SHEFFIELD
www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

TUESDAY 10 – SATURDAY 21 NOVEMBER
NEW THEATRE OXFORD

TUESDAY 8 DECEMBER 2015 – SATURDAY 2 JANUARY 2016
MANCHESTER PALACE THEATRE

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