The Bodyguard will return to Manchester’s Palace Theatre next year, with producers Michael Harrison and David Ian announcing that Alexandra Burke will play the role of Rachel Marron.

The Bodyguard enjoyed a sell out run at the venue in 2015.  It will run in Manchester again from 10 December 2019 until 4 January 2020.

The musical is based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated movie starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner.  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, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest hit songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.

In Review: The Bodyguard at the Palace Theatre

The stage version of The Bodyguard premiered at London’s Adelphi Theatre in 2012.  Four Olivier Award nominations and a sell out 18-month UK and Ireland tour followed, before the show returned to the West End at the Dominion Theatre. The Bodyguard has also played in the Netherlands, Germany, South Korea, Canada, Italy, Australia, Madrid, France, and on tour throughout the US and can currently be seen in Stuttgart.

Alexandra Burke rose to fame after winning the fifth series of The X Factor.  Herdebut number one single Hallelujah sold over one million copies in the UK, a first for a British female soloist. She most recently appeared as Svetlana in Chess at the London Coliseum and is currently in the role of Roxie in Chicago at the West End’s Phoenix Theatre. Last year she reached the final of Strictly Come Dancing. Her other theatre credits include Deloris Van Cartier in the national tour of the musical Sister Act.

When does The Bodyguard run at Manchester’s Palace Theatre?

The Bodyguard runs at The Palace Theatre, Manchester, from 10 December 2019 until 4 January 2020.  Alexandra Burke will perform the role of Rachel Marron at evening performances only. Alexandra Burke is not scheduled to perform Monday 23, Thursday 26 or Friday 27 December, 7.30pm shows.

When do tickets for The Bodyguard at the Palace Theatre Manchester go on sale?

Tickets for The Bodyguard at Manchester’s Palace Theatre go on sale on 4 December 2018.

image of Alexandra Burke in the West End production of The Bodyguard courtesy Paul Coltas