By Mark Shenton
14 Jun 2013
They replace Heather Headley and Lloyd Owen, who originated the roles when this musical version of the 1992 film of the same name opened in the West End last December.
Headley is due to appear through Aug. 11; from Aug. 12-Sept. 7, she will be replaced by Gloria Onitiri, who also plays the role at scheduled 3 PM and 5 PM performances on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. After Sept. 9, matinee performances on Wednesdays and Saturdays will be played by Joella Moses.
Debbie Kurup continues in the role of Nicki Marron. Also in the cast are Richard Lloyd King (Bill Devaney), Stephen Marcus (Tony), Dominic Taylor (Sy Spector), Michael Rouse (Stalker) and Stuart Reid (Ray Court). Ensemble members are Gareth Andrews, Kimball Armes, Christopher Birch, Hannah Fairclough, Robert Gill, Nicky Griffiths, Ben Harrold, Jamie Hughes-Ward, Alex Jackson, Genesis Lynea, Fergal McGoff, Sara Morley, Joelle Moses, David O'Mahoney, Stuart Rogers, Kyle Seeley, Danielle Steers, Katy Stredder and Christopher Terry
In a press statement, she said: “I am so excited about playing Rachel Marron on stage in The Bodyguard. To be making my West End theatre debut playing such an iconic role is both somewhat challenging and highly exhilarating and it will be nothing but a privilege to perform the best of Whitney Houston's extraordinary catalogue each night on stage at the Adelphi Theatre."
Gemmill, who is best known for playing Dr. Adam Trueman in BBC TV's "Casualty," has also appeared on screen in "London's Burning," "Distant Shores," "Strictly Confidential" and "Cape Wrath." Stage credits include A Streetcar Named Desire for Theatre Clwyd, Dangerous Corner for Chichester Festival Theatre, Design For Living for English Touring Theatre and Henry V for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
About future productions of the musical, David Ian — who co-produced the West End premiere of The Bodyguard with Michael Harrison — told Playbill.com in May, "We hope to open on Broadway in the summer of 2014, the Far East at end of 2014, then Australia and Germany in 2015."
To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 579 0094 or visit thebodyguardmusical.com for more details.