London’s West End continues to display a healthy appetite for musical adaptations of silver-screen classics; Ghost, The Musical opened at The Piccadilly Theatre in 2011, while Bridget Jones’ Diary is pencilled for 2013. This year's movie coup, however, is romantic thriller The Bodyguard, whose previews began this week at the Adelphi Theatre. Starring Tony- and Grammy-award-winning singer Heather Headley, it’s a hot ticket – even more so on Thursday December 6, when there will be a special gala performance in aid of the Children’s Air Ambulance charity.
Tickets to this performance of Lawrence Kasdan’s $410m box-office hit, reimagined for the stage by theatre director Thea Sharrock (whose work includes 2009 and 2010 productions of The Misanthrope, starring Keira Knightley, and Terrence Rattigan’s After the Dance at The National Theatre), cost £425.
The gala’s 200 guests will enjoy post-performance canapés, sip champagne and mingle with the cast, before being whisked aboard sleek 61m yacht the Silver Sturgeon (pictured). A two-course meal whipped up by Jamie Oliver’s team will then be served as the vessel meanders down the Thames, past the Houses of Parliament, Battersea Power Station and Tower Bridge, accompanied by a live band.
Money raised from ticket sales will hopefully meet the charity’s £545,000 goal – the amount needed to fund equipment for its helicopter, which transports seriously ill children to specialist care units across the UK.