Bend It Like Beckham The Musical opens in the West End, based on the hit movie.
Smash-hit British movie Bend It Like Beckham is set for a big musical remake this Spring as Bend It Like Beckham The Musical heads in to the West End’s Phoenix Theatre.
Bend It Like Beckham The Musical is directed by the director and co-writer of the movie, Gurinder Chadha, and features music by Emmy, Brit and BAFTA award-winning Howard Goodall (Love Story, The Hired Man) and lyrics by Ivor Novello Award-winner Charles Hart (The Phantom of the Opera). Goodall and Hart have also worked together on musicals The Kissing-Dance and The Dreaming. The show also has a new book by Paul Mayeda Berges and Gurinder Chadha.
Choreography and musical staging is by Aletta Collins, with 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.
Bend It Like Beckham is a joyous new musical comedy with vibrant characters and featuring a brand new score with a Punjabi kick!
A talented cast includes hot newcomer Natalie Dew as Jess, Jamie Muscato (The Light Princess) as Joe, Lauren Samuels (We Will Rock You) as Jules and Sophie-Louise Dann as Paula.
Don’t miss this funny, glorious and uplifting adaptation of the much-loved hit film.
Bend It Like Beckham The Musical is currently booking until 5 March 2016 2016 at the Phoenix Theatre.
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.
Bend It Like Beckham stars Natalie Dew (Teh Internet Is Serious Business, Hamlet) as Jess, with Jamie Muscato (Dog Fight, Sweeney Todd, The Light Princess) as Joe, alongside BBC talent show Over The Rainbow finalist and West End star Lauren Samuels (We Will Rock You) as Jules. Also featuring are Sophie-Louise Dann as Paula, Jamal Andréas as Tony, Preeya Kalidas as Pinky, and Tony Jayawardena and Natasha Jayetileke as Mr and Mrs Bhamra.
Other cast include Sohm Kapila, Buckso Dhillon-Woolley and Harveen Mann as Aunties, Irvine Iqbal and Karl Seth as Uncles, Sejal Keshwala, Serina Mathew and Sharan Phull as Cousins, Rakesh Boury, Jorell Coiffic-Kamall, Tom Millen, Daniel Bolton as footballers, and Teetu played by Raj Bajaj. The Harriers are played by Michelle Bishop, Lisa Bridge, Chloe Chambers, Genesis Lynea, Kayleigh McKnight, Leanne Pinder, Kirstie Skivington and Danielle Young. Rekha Sawhney and Shahid Khan are the production’s Indian Heritage Singers.
★★★★★ “A triumph. Prepare to be transported & uplifted. In a league of its own.” Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ “Joyous. An uplifting celebration of multi-cultural Britain.” The Independent
★★★★★ “Irresistible. Wonderfully life-affirming. An end-to-end joy.” Daily Mail
★★★★ “A musical hat-trick of cracking tunes, heart-tugging storyline and excellent performances.” The Times
Venue InformationPhoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JP
Nearest Tube or Train: Leicester Square (Piccadilly line, Northern line), Tottenham Court Road (Central line, Northern line)
Nearest Buses: 19, 22, 24, 38, 40, 176