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Alexandra Burke to join cast of The Bodyguard

Former X Factor winner Alexandra Burke is joining the West End musical The Bodyguard.

The singer will take over from Beverly Knight who currently plays the role of Rachel Marron - made famous by Whitney Houston in the film version - in June.

The singer beat JLS to the X Factor crown in 2008. Credit: PA Wire

"I couldn't be more excited about joining the cast of The Bodyguard and to play the iconic role of Rachel Marron will be a dream come true. I am a massive Whitney Houston fan so to be given the opportunity to play a role made famous by her every night will be a real privilege," the singer said.

"I start rehearsals very soon with my fellow cast mates and the brilliant creative team and, with a little trepidation, I am looking forward to our first performance in June."

The show, based on the hit 1992 film which starred Kevin Costner in the title role, runs at the Adelphi Theatre until the end of August.


The Apollo theatre is set to reopen

The Apollo Theatre will reopen today three months after a ceiling collapse injured 76 people. A chunk of plaster crashed in the audience during violent thunder storms in December 2013. The theatre has been closed since the incident.

Originally home to the production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, the Apollo will now show romantic horror Let the Right One In. The opening today will be the debut of a production by the National Theatre of Scotland

'Exciting new production' to replace We Will Rock You

The Dominion Theatre's General Manager David Pearson said it had been a privilege to have hosted We Will Rock You for the past 12 years, adding:

"To have the show rocking the Dominion and seeing a standing ovation night after night has been quite amazing.

"We wish the show every success for the future, as we now prepare to accelerate our restoration and refurbishment programme ready to welcome an exciting new production in 2015."

Ben Elton, Robert De Niro, Roger Taylor and Brian May at the launch of We Will Rock You in 2002 Credit: Press Association

Queen musical to end after 4,500 standing ovations

We want to thank every one of the many hundreds of incredible musical theatre artists, musicians and crew with whom we've had the privilege of working at the Dominion since 2002.

And of course the incredible audiences who have rewarded them with over four and a half thousand standing ovations.

– Brian May, Roger Taylor and Ben Elton, creators of We Will Rock You


West End 'vibrancy' overcomes difficult economic climate

These figures pay testament to the quality, vibrancy and enduring popularity of the London stage, which, despite a difficult economic climate, continues to pull in the crowds thanks to the world-class entertainment on offer and inclusive pricing structures.

With the combined box office advance sales also reaching new heights in December, we are looking forward to another year of success stories for our theatres in 2014.

– Mark Rubinstein, Society of London Theatre

Business booming in London's West End theatres

The West End recorded record ticket sales last year with overall attendances up by 4% from the previous year to 14,587,276. Sales rose 11% to £585,506,455.

Dame Helen Mirren Credit: Press Association

The Society of London Theatre says sales were boosted by new musicals including The Book Of Mormon and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, and plays such as The Audience, starring Helen Mirren as the Queen.

More than half a million people have been to see Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, which stars Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka.

Lansbury returns to London stage

Earlier this week Lucrezia Millarini met with Angela Lansbury to talk about the Oscar winning star's return to the London stage for the first time in nearly forty years.

The actress - who became world famous for her roles including playing Jessica Fletcher in Murder She Wrote - is back in her home town to appear in Noel Coward's classic Blythe Spirit at the Gieldgud theatre:

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels ready for the West End

The classic eighties film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels originally starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, has been adapted as a musical for the London stage for the first time.

It tells the tale of two crooks who compete to swindle thousands of pounds out of a rich heiress. Of course, things don't pan out as they'd planned.

It's a star-studded cast but Robert Lindsay, who plays Michael Caine's character, admits he's never seen the film, though he did once have breakfast with Steve Martin.

You can find out more about the production on the show's website.

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