Bend It Like Beckham

Bend It Like Beckham The Musical at the Phoenix Theatre

Phoenix Theatre, London

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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 STORY

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.

CAST

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.

REVIEWS

★★★★★ “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


Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 5 March 2016

Venue Information

Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JP
Nearest Tube or Train: Leicester Square (Piccadilly line, Northern line), Tottenham Court Road (Central line, Northern line)
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Bend It Like Beckham cast confirmed including Jamie Campbell Bower
Casting has been confirmed for big new West End musical Bend It Like Beckham at the Phoenix Theatre including Jamie Campbell Bower, Natalie Dew and Lauren Samuels. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Jamie Campbell Bower[/caption] The producers of new West End musical Bend It Like Beckham have confirmed casting for the show, which opens at the Phoenix Theatre this May. Hot newcomer Natalie Dew will lead the cast as Jess. Natalie performed in last year's workshops for the show and rumour has it she was sensational. Natalie's credits include the Royal Court's recent play Teh Internet Is Serious Business and as Ophelia in Hamlet for the Northern Broadsides theatre company. Love interest is up and coming British actor Jamie Campbell Bower who plays Joe. Jamie is best known for his movie roles including the Twilight saga of  movies, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallow and Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Natalie Dew[/caption] Natalie and Jamie are joined by a strong cast including BBC talent show Over The Rainbow finalist and West End star Lauren Samuels (We Will Rock You) as Jules, plus Ronni Ancona 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, Kirstie Skivington and Danielle Young.  Rekha Sawhney and Shahid Khan are the production’s Indian Heritage Singers. They are accompanied by swings including Kayleigh McKnight. Bend It Like Beckham is directed by Gurinder Chadha, who directed and co-wrote the original movie, and 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 show runs from 15 May 2015 at the Phoenix Theatre, with opening night on 24 June. 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. The show is produced by Sonia Freidman, with 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. BOOK Book tickets to Bend It Like Beckham The Musical at the Phoenix Theatre
Bend It Like Beckham The Musical confirmed for Phoenix Theatre
Big new West End musical Bend It Like Beckham is heading to the Phoenix Theatre. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Bend It Like Beckham coming to the Phoenix Theatre in May 2015[/caption] 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. LINKS Booking and info on Bend It Like Beckham The Musical at the Phoenix Theatre Book tickets to ONCE at the Phoenix Theatre
Bend It Like Beckham edges closer to West End?
Is new musical Bend It Like Beckham closer to a West End run? [caption id="" align="alignright" width="140"] Jamie Muscato[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignright" width="140"] Nikita Johal[/caption] British film director Gurinder Chadha's latest project - a musical version of her hit 2002 movie Bend It Like Beckham - may be inching closer to London. Friday 2 May 2014 at the Dominion Theatre saw a workshop reading of the new show - which is penned by composer Howard Goodall (Love Story, The Hired Man) and lyricist Charles Hart (The Phantom of the Opera), with a book by Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges based on Chadha's screenplay. Producer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson was present at the workshop, alongside Andrew Lloyd Webber and producer of the show Sonia Friedman, and gives an interesting account of the show here. Also present was The Stage theatre critic Mark Shenton, who took to Twitter to say: "Critics don't usually go to workshops. But I'm glad I went to this one: I've not seen an original British musical this good in YEARS!" The workshop involved actor Jamie Muscato (Love Story, Spring Awakening, Les Miserables - Barbican and Tour, Rock of Ages) and newcomer Nikita Johal. Director Kate Golledge also worked on the project. The development workshop follows an October 2013 session which saw Samantha Barks play Jules (played by Keira Knightley in the film), Tara Divina as Jess, the Sikh schoolgirl who loves football (played by Parminder Nagra in the movie), plus Frances Ruffelle, Preeya Kalidas, Shobna Gulati and Richard Fleeshman. There is currently no news on securing a theatre or timing, but we hear that discussions and negotiations are underway. The show's closest competition is current Victoria Palace show Billy Elliot, and another British movie turned into a musical and on its way into London - Made in Dagenham - opening at the Adelphi Theatre on 9 October 2014. SONIA FRIEDMAN [caption id="" align="alignright" width="140"] Busy woman: Sonia Friedman[/caption] Bend It Like Beckham is another addition to Sonia Friedman's growing list of 2014 and 2015 commitments, which include this summer's big opener, Shakespeare in Love at the Noel Coward Theatre, Kathleen Turner vehicle Bakersfield Mist - which kicks off at the Duchess this Saturday, forthcoming Old Vic show Electra starring Kristin Scott Thomas, plus current shows 1984 at the Playhouse and The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales. Oh and Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet at the Barbican in 2015. This slate comes on the back of a triumphant Olivier Awards this year for the producer, winning the most awards in Olivier history including Best New Play for Chimerica, Best New Musical for The Book of Mormon, Best Play Revival for Ghosts and Best Musical Revival for Merrily We Roll Along. Plus the recently announced Tony nominations included 8 nods for Broadway transfer of Twelfth Night and Richard III. BOOK Book tickets to Bend It Like Beckham The Musical VIDEO Gurinder Chadha interviewed about Bend It Like Beckham The Musical. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LboYFVAx1Mg   LINKS Sonia Friedman Productions

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5 thoughts on “Bend It Like Beckham The Musical at the Phoenix Theatre”

  1. Well we thought it was great. Great energy, great fun, good laugh and I left with a smile, and that’s all I want. Would I go to see it again……..well actually I would, it’s not les Mis and it’s not Miss Saigon but it is fun, thanks.

  2. We went last night and really enjoyed the performance. The cast, music, play and stage were all amazing.
    A great night out.
    Standing ovation at the end that was well deserved.

  3. I saw this show in previews (on the 20th) and was so disappointed that I left in the interval. I was hoping for a high-energy, bhangra-influenced score; instead, the songs were in a bland musical theatre style, unimaginative and unmemorable. The script felt amateurish and some of the staging was downright embarrassing. Most of the audience where I was sat (upper circle) were laughing for all the wrong reasons. I only paid £15 for my ticket; for that price, you can see fringe shows that are far better than this one. I dread to think how I’d feel if I’d splashed out for a full-price seat in the stalls.

  4. Saw this over the weekend with my partner & was v much looking forward to it as I loved the film. Was very disappointing tbh. Was no where near the standard of a west end musical, more like a community play and didn’t portray the film the way I expected. Overall very disappointing and didn’t blow me away like the film did or other theatre shows.

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