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Alexandra Burke stars in The Bodyguard at the Orchard Theatre

It started with a gun shot.

Which certainly caught the attention of the audience as they settled down to enjoy The Bodyguard at the recently revamped - and much more comfortable - Orchard Theatre in Dartford.

Alexandra Burke stars as Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard
Alexandra Burke stars as Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard

And the shocks kept coming as the clever use of the stage made the stalker (who, those of you who have seen the film, will remember), appear and disappear with surprise.

But it wasn't just clever sets, with screens used to hone in on certain characters, that made the show worth a watch.

X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke looked and sounded beautiful.

While her American accent may not be the most natural, she made up for it with her stunning vocal performances.

She made the part her own and was supported by a stellar cast.

Emmy Willow who played jealous sister, Nikki Marron, complemented Burke's deep voice with her own stunning singing.

Alexandra Burke stars as Rachel Marron (10454752)
Alexandra Burke stars as Rachel Marron (10454752)

Lemar Bucknor Jr was one out of the six actors lined up to play 10-year-old Fletcher. His dance moves were excellent and his singing voice adorable. His relationship with the other actors felt genuine too - he was a real star in the making.

The story follows Rachel Marron, a Grammy award-winning superstar singer and mother who encounters an intense stalker who will go to any lengths to get to her.Her team has to hire a new bodyguard to protect her.

The role was made famous by Whitney Houston in the movie with Kevin Costner in 1992, but Alexandra has come to make it her own, playing it in the West End and on tour at various intervals since 2014. It features songs including the worldwide hit I Will Always love You.

It is on at the Orchard Theatre until Saturday, January 18, though is virtually sold out. Book at orchardtheatre.co.uk or call 01322 220000.

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