Big new West End musical Bend It Like Beckham is heading to the Phoenix Theatre.

Bend It Like Beckham coming to the Phoenix Theatre in May 2015

Bend It Like Beckham coming to the Phoenix Theatre in May 2015

The producers of forthcoming West End musical Bend It Like Beckham have confirmed that the show will open at the Phoenix Theatre this May.

The show will run from 15 May 2015 at the Phoenix, with opening night on 24 June.

Gurinder Chadha, who directed and co-wrote the original movie, will direct the world premiere of this new British stage musical.

Bend It Like Beckham features original music by Emmy, Brit and BAFTA award-winning Howard Goodall (The Hired Man) and lyrics by Ivor Novello Award-winner Charles Hart (The Phantom of the Opera) and has a new book by Paul Mayeda Berges and Gurinder Chadha.

The 2002 British film was a huge hit worldwide, and starred Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher, Shaznay Lewis and Archie Panjabi.

The show centres on teenager Jess, who wants to live up to her traditional Indian family’s expectations of university, career and marriage, but also dreams of following in the footsteps of her hero David Beckham and playing professional football. When she is spotted playing football in Southall a world of opportunities suddenly open up, but as the day of her sister’s traditional Indian wedding approaches it becomes clear she needs to pick sides.

Produced by Sonia Freidman, the show will have choreography and musical staging by Aletta Collins, set design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Katrina Lindsay, lighting design by Neil Austin, sound design by Richard Brooker, musical direction by Nigel Lilley and orchestrations by Howard Goodall and Kuljit Bhamra.

There is no news on casting, but it is expected shortly.

The show goes on sale on 7 November 2014.

ONCE The Musical is currently playing at the Phoenix Theatre, with Ronan Keating joining the cast from 17 November. The show is set to close at the venue on 21 March 2015.

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Booking and info on Bend It Like Beckham The Musical at the Phoenix Theatre

Book tickets to ONCE at the Phoenix Theatre