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The Bodyguard - Ben Richards to play Frank Farmer

Ben Richards

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BEN Richards will join previously announced Beverley Knight in The Bodyguard when it returns to the West End for a limited six month run at the Dominion Theatre – from July 15, 2016 to January 7, 2017

Richards will play Frank Farmer, Rachel Marron’s bodyguard, alongside Beverley Knight in the leading role of the Oscar-nominated superstar.

Ben Richards can currently be seen in Hollyoaks playing Sergeant Ben Bradley, a role he has been playing for just over a year. Previously on television he played Nate Roberts in The Bill, Bruno Milligan in Footballer’s Wives as well as roles in Doctors and Holby City.

His many leading roles in musical theatre include Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls (West End and on tour), Danny Zuko in Grease (Victoria Palace Theatre and on tour), Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever (London Palladium and on tour), Jerry Lukowski in The Full Monty (Prince of Wales Theatre), Tick in Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical (Palace Theatre), Bill Sykes in Oliver! (Sheffield Crucible) as well as Franklyn Hart in 9-5 and Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages, both on tour.

Completing the cast of The Bodyguard will be Rachel John (as Nicki Marron), Carole Stennett (alternate Rachel Marron), Mark Holden (Bill Devaney), Alex Andreas (Tony), Dominic Taylor (Sy Spector), Matthew Stathers (Stalker) and Glen Fox (Ray Court).

Ensemble members are Omari Bernard, Faye Best, Pablo Ceresuela Torres, Carlos Ugarriza Crespo, Lisa Darnell, Charles Hagerty, Emma Joy Hopkins, Ibinabo Jack, Christopher Jeffers, Verity Jones, Annie Kitchen, Phoebe Liberty, Raul Naranjo Garcia, Mary Lynn Tiep, Michael Wade-Peters, Matthew Wesley, Emmy Willow and Mark Willshire.

The young boys who will alternate the role of Fletcher will be announced shortly.

Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love.

A romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features numerous classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, I’m Your Baby Tonight, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and one of the greatest hit songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.

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