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Alexandra Burke in The BodyguardIn the week that celebrates 26 years since Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” shot to number one in the charts in 1988, we are delighted to reveal that three-time Brit nominee and X-Factor winner, Alexandra Burke, will star in the leading role of ‘Rachel Marron’ in THE BODYGUARD when the production makes it’s Birmingham premiere at Birmingham Hippodrome, Wednesday 5 – Sat 29 Aug 2015 following her sell-out run at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End.

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 Beyoncé to support her I Am… Tour. Her second album, Heartbreak on Hold, was released in June 2012 and later this year sees the release of her third studio album.

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.



Brian’s Barnum rolls into town…

We are very excited to announce that Birmingham’s favourite showman, Brian Conley will return to Birmingham Hippodrome next Summer in the Cameron Mackintosh and Chichester Festival Theatre hit musical BARNUM!

Brian Conley said “Birmingham Hippodrome is special to me, not only have I performed in some of the most well-loved musicals of all time but I’ve starred in a record breaking 6 pantomimes and was honoured to have hosted the 1999 Royal Variety Performance there.”

This spectacular production of BARNUM follows the irrepressible imagination and dreams of Phineas T Barnum, America’s Greatest Showman featuring a vibrant and colourful circus setting and plenty of ‘oooo’s’ and ‘ahhh’s’.

Tickets for BARNUM will go on sale to Friends at 10am on Monday 30 June, Groups Wednesday 2 July at 10am with General on sale on Friday 4 July.

For more information click here. 

Take a look at the official teaser trailer below…


From Cape Town to Birmingham…

Angela Kerrison who plays the role of Julie in Cape Town Opera’s upcoming production of Show Boat blogs about travelling over to the UK and being a mother on the road…

I have been performing with Cape Town Opera for about 15 years now, joining back when it first began. I graduated from the University of Cape Town having studied Opera Performance and I saw my first opera at Artscape in Cape Town when I was 18… and now I perform there!

Angela Kerrison and Baby Nia

Angela Kerrison and Baby Nia

Cape Town Opera has given me a wealth of performance opportunities. I would not be the performer I am today without their involvement, help and support.

My husband and I are also proud parents of a 10 month old baby girl, Nia who was born in August of last year. So far she’s had three long haul flights to date and three shorter flights, luckily she travels well. I simply could not stop singing so I chose to combine being a mum with performing.

When I got the offer to revisit the role of Julie and tour the UK I couldn’t say no. My husband and I have a lot of organising to do ahead of my visit, mainly making sure the baby will be taken care of. For the rehearsals in Cape Town I had my mum fly down for 10 days, my husband took over for the next 10 days and my sister and her family drove down from Gaborone, Botswana to help out as well. Thankfully, it all went really smoothly and Nia was surrounded by family all the time.

I will be bringing baby Nia with me to the UK; my husband is with us for the first week in Birmingham, then my mum- who lives in Botswana- will be with us for the rest of the run.

I think being a mum makes it easier to be a little gentler on yourself. As a performer, you strive for some idea of perfection- impossible as that may be. As a mum you live in the moment; every day being different. I accept that things happen, people are different every day and I just go with the flow.

My dad was born in London and this is the first time I will be performing in a show in the UK, having my dad and family see me on stage is going to be wonderful!

For more information on Cape Town Opera’s Show Boat click here.