Friday, 17 October 2014

Alexandra Burke to star in The Bodyguard's UK Tour!

Following her theatrical debut in the West End production of The Bodyguard, X Factor winner Alexandra Burke will reprise her performance as Rachel Marron in the musical's forthcoming UK and Ireland tour.

Alexandra Burke said "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." 

Alexandra Burke rose to fame after winning the fifth series of The X Factor. Her debut number one single Hallelujah sold over one million copies in the UK, a first for a British female soloist.

Burke’s 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 BeyoncĂ© to support her I Am... Tour. Her second album, Heartbreak on Hold, was released in June 2012.

Burke was nominated for West End Frame's Best West End Debut Award earlier this year for her performance in The Bodyguard. She finished in third place.

The tour opens at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on 12th February 2015. Alexandra Burke will perform the role of ‘Rachel Marron’ at all evening performances. At the matinee performances, the role of ‘Rachel Marron’ will be played by Zoe Birkett.

Zoe Birkett is probably best known as the highest placing female contestant in ITV’s Pop Idol, 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. Her other theatre credits include the Acid Queen in Tommy and Maureen in Rent.

Photo Credit: Paul Coltas

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