4-14 March 2015
Reviewed by Fiona Stevenson
On arrival at The King’s Theatre in Glasgow we were met by the lovely Rachel who gave us our tickets and pointed us in the right direction. I love coming here as I love this old building with its character and history and the staff are always so friendly.
Based on the 1992 film this romantic thriller is a must see on everyone’s list. Starring Alexandra Burke as Superstar Rachel Marron and former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard Frank Farmer played by Stuart Reid and their connection after he is hired to protect her and her son, Fletcher, after a series of threatening letters are sent to her from a deranged fan/stalker.
The show contains many scenes of Rachel rehearsing her dance moves and singing as she practices for her night at the Oscars leaving sister Nicki, played by Melissa James, in the background being a lounge singer and assistant to her sister. Watching their relationship unfold over Nicki’s obvious feelings for Frank and her jealousy towards her sister. Alexandra Burke was amazing as it can’t be easy to dance and sing live to the fast upbeat songs but she carried out her role to perfection and was a pleasure to watch and mime along to.
Stuart Reid’s portrayal of Frank Farmer started off very wooden as he was playing such a serious character and it was so nice to watch him loosen up and warm to Rachel and her son as the show went on.
The scenery was amazing as it was ever changing from a very basic bedroom to a stage in a club. The outfits were fantastic too, from casual wear to long evening gowns. 27 outfit changes for Alexandra which sounds exhausting.
All the other cast members were fantastic and played their parts so well, especially the dancers as they were amazing.
Although I did feel bad that poor Mike Denman got a very loud boo from the audience as he was only playing his part as her stalker.
From curtain up to the finale this show had me smiling, welling up, singing and dancing in my seat. I would highly recommend everyone to go and see it.
A definite 5/5 from me.
Tickets cost from £18.50 to £57.50 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
The Bodyguard is at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow until 14 March 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7648.
King’s Theatre, 297 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JN | 0844 871 7648