Reviews of The Bodyguard, The Libertine & Murder Ballad


I have three more theatre reviews for you.  The bodyguard, The Libertine and Murder Ballad are three very different productions but all equally entertaining.  Here’s what I thought:-

THE BODYGUARD – Dominion Theatre

I really don’t know why but I never saw this when it was at the Adelphi Theatre.  As soon as I found out that there was going to be a west end revival I booked my ticket as I didn’t want to miss the chance again.

The musical is based on the film of the same name and uses the songs of Whitney Houston.  Beverley Knight played the role of Rachel Marron a singer whom The Bodyguard is trying to protect.  In the film the role of Rachel was played by Whitney Houston.

I know a Tuesday evening is not the most popular night but even so I was still surprised as to how many empty seats there were.  Because of this there was very little atmosphere.

The stage at the Dominion is very wide and if you can I would suggest sitting in the middle so that you don’t miss anything.  That said I loved the clever use of the stage and the pyrotechnics.

If you like the film The Bodyguard or the music of Whitney Houston you will love this.

A review of The Bodyguard The Musical

If you like the music of Whitney Houston you will love The Bodyguard


THE LIBERTINE – Haymarket Theatre

Dominic Cooper is one of my favourite actors.  So when I found out he was making his West End debut I just had to go.  The Libertine is based on true events and is about the Earl of Rochester, a notorious rogue in Restoration England. The play is written by Stephen Jeffreys.   I did at times find the dialogue hard to follow and you really did have to concentrate on what was being said.

Once again the theatre was not full and this time it was a Saturday matinée.  On this occasion I sat in the dress circle and had the perfect view with comfortable seats and ample leg room.

My last visit to The Haymarket Theatre was spoilt by some fellow theatregoers eating a takeaway.  You can click here if you want to read more.  Going back to this venue I was slightly concerned knowing that they are relaxed as to what you can take in with you.  However, even though it was a matinée performance I needn’t have worried.  I am pleased to report that the audience behaved impeccably.  So I guess it is better to have a theatre half full with people who actually want to watch the show instead of a full theatre of people not really bothered what is going on.

A review of The Libertine

This is Dominic Cooper’s West End Debut

MURDER BALLAD – Arts Theatre

Some of you might already know that Ramin Karimloo is an actor/singer who I admire.  In fact I would actually say he is most definitely my favourite actor/singer.  Earlier on in the year I saw American Idiot at the Arts Theatre – click here for the review.  Whilst at the theatre I found out that a new Musical called Murder Ballad with Ramin Karimloo was going to open.   I came home and booked my tickets the very next day.

Murder Ballad is a love triangle set in New York between Tom (Ramin Karimloo), Sara (Kerry Ellis) and Michael (Norman Bowman).  The story is told through a narrator (Victoria Hamilton-Barritt).  The rock musical has no ‘spoken word’, as the story is told through music.  I loved both the music and lyrics and did not want it to end.

A review Murder Ballad

Excellent music and lyrics with a star-studded cast


I already have tickets for Cinderella at The London Palladium, Dreamgirls and School of Rock at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical. Expect to see more reviews soon!


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