Thirty years ago, The Bodyguard film was released in the U.S.
Starring Whitney Houston (making her feature film debut) and Kevin Costner, the movie grossed more than $411 million, and of course, the soundtrack was a monumental success and became the best-selling soundtrack of all time. 

The Bodyguard is a 2012 stage musical with a book by Alexander Dinelaris, based on that movie, with the score featuring songs recorded by Whitney Houston including "One Moment in Time", "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" and her cover version of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You". 


The story brings the audience into the lives of a troubled pop star, her sister, a stalker and, of course, the bodyguard, Frank Farmer (Emmerdale and Hollyoaks actor Ayden Callaghan). He is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Both Rachel and Frank expect to be in charge – what they don't expect is to fall in love. 

Fast-paced with many twists and turns, and clever use of projections, the story is perfectly suited for the stage and has been expertly adapted. 


Melody Thornton’s delicate and powerful voice captures the audience’s hearts as she belts out classics by Whitney Houston, especially ballads like “I have nothing” and “Run to you”. The former Pussycat Doll does a great job making the sassy role her own. Her sister Nicki is played by Emily-Mae, who is certainly a great vocalist. The creepy stalker is expertly portrayed by Marios Nicolaides.

Callaghan's chemistry with Melody is palpable, and the scenes when he is forced to defend her from the threats of her stalker are tense and thrilling. 


A story that will have you on the edge of your seat for the entire time and all the amazing Whitney’s songs we all know. If you missed it, get a ticket now: it runs until 11 March at New Wimbledon Theatre.


Photo: Paul Coltas