Full Casting for The Bodyguard Announced

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FULL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR WORLD PREMIERE OF NEW MUSICAL


Opening Autumn 2012 at The Adelphi Theatre
Joining the previously announced Heather Headley and Lloyd Owen in the new musical THE BODYGUARD, to be directed by Thea Sharrock, will be Debbie Kurup, Mark Letheren, Ray Shell, Nicolas Colicos, Mark McKerracher, Sean Chapman, David Page and Oliver Le Sueur. They are joined by Luis Buddy, Caius Duncombe, Jaydon Fowora Knight, Kwame Kandekore, Taylor Lockhart and Malakai Paul who will share the role of Fletcher, Rachel Marron's young son. Ensemble members are Nigel Barber, Jordan Darrell, Yasmin Harrison, Shanay Holmes, Holly James, Robert Jezek, Melissa Keyes, Gil Kolirin, Janet Kumah, Nicholas Maude, Richard Murphy, Gloria Onitiri, Ashley-Jordon Packer, Dharmesh Patel, Lucinda Shaw, Paul Smethurst, Charlotte Watts and James Wooldridge.
Based on Lawrence Kasdan's 1992 Warner Bros. film, this brand new musical of THE BODYGUARD, with book by Alex Dinelariswill open at the Adelphi Theatre in Autumn 2012. Previews begin on 6 November 2012, twenty years after the release of the Oscar nominated film. Press performances are 1 December at 7.30pm, 4 December at 7.30pm as well as opening night on 5 December at 7pm with reviews under embargo until 6 December 2012.
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 whole host of irresitable classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, I'm Your Baby Tonight, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and one of the greatest hit songs of all time - I Will Always Love You.
With designs by Tim Hatley, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Richard Brooker and video designs by Duncan McLean. Choreography is by Arthur Pita, orchestrations byChris Egan with musical supervision by Mike DixonThe Bodyguard is produced by Michael Harrison and David Ian.
Tony and Grammy award-winning Heather Headley will make her West End stage debut as Rachel Marron. Having originated the role of Nala in The Lion King on Broadway, Headley went on to play the title role in Aida for which she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Her debut solo album, This is Who I Am, was nominated for two Grammy Awards. Her third studio album,Audience of One, won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album. In recent years she has worked extensively with Andrea Bocelli on his American and international tours and sung at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
Lloyd Owen was last on stage in London playing leading roles inLoyalty at Hampstead Theatre and Blood and Gifts at the National Theatre. Previously his theatre credits include The York Realist for the Royal Court, Julius Caesar for the Young Vic, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? for the Almeida Theatre and The Way of the World for the Royal Exchange Theatre. On television Owen is best known for playing Paul Bowman-MacDonald in the BBC's long running drama Monarch of the Glen and Indiana Jones' father Professor Henry Jones, Sr, in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. His other television credits include Ghost SquadThe ViceCoupling, Wire in the Blood and Dead Gorgeous. His film credits include Apollo 18, Miss Potter, The Republic of Love, Between Dreams and the forthcoming Free Ride with Anna Paquin and Drea de Matteo.
Alternating the role of Rachel Marron’s young son Fletcher will beLuis Buddy (aged 11 from Ealing, London), Caius Duncombe(aged 11 from Shepherd’s Bush, London), Jaydon Fowora Knight(aged 11 from Lambeth, London), Kwame Kandekore (aged 9 from Leicester), Taylor Lockhart (aged 10 from Lower Earley, near Reading) and Malaki Paul (aged 10 from Edmonton, London).
Thea Sharrock’s production of Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boyswith Danny DeVito and Richard Griffiths opened at the Savoy Theatre earlier this year, reuniting her with Griffiths who she directed in Equus both in the West End and on Broadway and inHeroes at the Wyndham’s Theatre.  Her production of 13completed a run at the National Theatre last year where she previously directed After The Dance for which she won the 2011 Olivier Award for Best Revival, Happy Now? andThe Emperor Jones.  Her other theatre credits include Cause Célèbre for the Old Vic and The Misanthrope at the Comedy Theatre.  Sharrock was previously Artistic Director at the Southwark Playhouse (2001-2003) and the Gate Theatre (2004-2006).


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
Listings Information
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
Box Office:
0844 579 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
Website:thebodyguardmusical.com (no booking fee)