Theatre Review: The Bodyguard - Adelphi Theatre, London ✭✭✭✭

The Bodyguard
Adelphi Theatre

Another screen to stage adaption hits London’s West End, this time in the form of The Bodyguard.
With the well-known hits of Whitney Houston being awaited by an eager audience of fans, whoever played the role of starlet Rachel Marron, needed a powerful set of lungs and diva attitude.

Heather Headley was certainly no disappointment in playing the lead, showcasing powerful vocals of incredible range and emotion. Her portrayal of Rachel as a headstrong woman certainly came across yet there was an air of vulnerability that added to the story.

Lloyd Owen played a dishy Frank Farmer the Bodyguard, although it is a shame that this role does not allow him to play to his true potential.

The supporting roles were vocally strong, particularly Debbie Kurup (Nicki Marron) and her soulful interpretation of Saving All My Love. It was wonderful for a performer of this calibre to play a role that is more prominent than in the film. When herself and Heather Headley joined together for Run To You there was vocal magic and a performance that won’t be easily forgotten.

Tim Hatley’s design makes the most of the stage and the shutter-effect between scenes gave a cinematic quality, reminding us of the movie’s influence. Credit must be given to the band and the trumpeter must be recognised for his brassy gymnastics in the energetic and colourful finale, I Wanna Dance With Somebody.

Go and buy tickets for this performance at The Adelphi Theatre here for a night of musical delight.

4 stars ✭✭✭✭

Review by Philippa Stubbs

Christmas Performance Schedule
Monday 24 December 2012 – no performance
Tuesday 25 December 2012 – no performance
Wednesday 26 December 2012 – 7.30pm
Thursday 27 December 2012 – 3pm & 7.30pm
Friday 28 December 2012 – 3pm & 7.30pm
Saturday 29 December 2012 – 3pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 30 December 2012 – no performance

Monday 31 December 2012 – 7.30pm
Tuesday 1 January 2013 – 7.30pm
Wednesday 2 January 2013 – 3pm & 7.30pm
Thursday 3 January 2013 – 3pm & 7.30pm
Friday 4 January 2013 – 7.30pm
Saturday 5 January 2013 - 3pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 6 January 2013 – no performance


Dates                                        6 November 2012 – 27 April 2013 (first booking period)
Address                                   Adelphi Theatre, Strand, London WC2
Performance schedule             Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm
                                                Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 3pm
Post opening, on Wednesday matinee performances the role of Rachel Marron will be played by Gloria Onitiri 
Box Office                              0844579 0094 (no booking fee)
Ticket prices                           in previews £20 - £57.50 including £1 theatre restoration levy
                                               then £20 - £67-50 including £1 theatre restoration levy
                                               No booking fee for tickets purchased directly from the Adelphi Theatre
Day seats                                A limited number of £25 day seats will go on sale from the Box Office at   10am on the day of the performance