Alexandra Burke to Reprise West End Starring Role in U.K. Tour of The Bodyguard | Playbill

News Alexandra Burke to Reprise West End Starring Role in U.K. Tour of The Bodyguard Alexandra Burke is to reprise the role of Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard, which she previously played in the final months of the West End run, when it embarks on an extensive U.K. and Ireland tour, beginning performances at Southampton's Mayflower Theatre Feb. 12, 2015.

The singer, who won the 54th series of TV's "The X-Factor" and is a three-time Brit Award nominee, saw her debut number-one single "Hallelujah" sell over one million copies in the U.K., a first for a British female soloist. Her 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, she commented, "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."

She will perform the role of Rachel Marron at all evening performances. At the matinee performances, the role will be played by Zoe Birkett, who is probably best known as the highest-placing female contestant in ITV's "Pop Idol" in 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. Other theatre credits include the Acid Queen in Tommy and Maureen in Rent.

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