U.K. "X Factor" Winner Alexandra Burke to Take Over in the West End's The Bodyguard

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28 Mar 2014

Alexandra Burke, who won the fifth series of the U.K.'s "The X Factor," will take over the role of Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard, the stage musical version of the film currently playing at the West End's Adelphi Theatre.

She will begin performances June 2 and will remain with the production through Aug. 30.

The role was originally played by Heather Headley and is currently being played by Beverley Knight, through May 31.

Burke will play opposite Tristan Gemmill, who continues in the role of Rachel’s bodyguard, Frank Farmer.  Also in the cast are Carole Stennett (Nicki Marron), 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. Jhayheim Davis, Chiesa Musonda, Kiano Samuels and Joshua Tikare alternate the role of Fletcher, Rachel Marron’s young son. 



A three-time Brit Award nominee, Burke's debut number one single "Hallelujah" sold over one million copies in the U.K., 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. 

In a press statement, Burke commented, "I couldn’t be more excited about joining the cast of The Bodyguard and to play the iconic role of Rachel Marron will be adream come true. I am a massive Whitney Houston fan so to be given the opportunity to play a role made famous by her every night will be a real privilege.  I start rehearsals very soon with my fellow cast mates and the brilliant creative team and, with a little trepidation, I am looking forward to our first performance in June."

At Wednesday and Saturday matinee performances, the role of Rachel Marron will be played by Joelle Moses.

To book tickets, visit thebodyguardmusical.com.