Based on Gurinder Chadha’s multi-award winning 2002 film Bend it Like Beckham starring Keira Knightly and Parminder Nagra, the new stage adaption will be directed by Chadra and makes its world premiere at the Phoenix Theatre in May 2015.
In Bend it Like Beckham Jess needs extra time. She is facing the most important decision of her life: live up to family expectations of university, career and marriage, or follow in the footsteps of her hero David Beckham. When the talented teenager is spotted playing football in Southall, a world of unexpected opportunities opens up before her. But as her sister’s traditional Indian wedding approaches, can she keep her family happy and still follow her dreams?
Bend It Like Beckham is a joyous new British musical about where we are now. Featuring an original score with a Punjabi kick, it brings a unique cultural fusion of musical theatre to the stage for the first time. This reimagining of the much-loved hit film sees generations, cultures and communities brought together in this joyous and uplifting story about bending the rules and scoring that deciding goal.
Bend It Like Beckham Reviews:
WONDERFULLY LIFE –AFFIRMING. AN END-TO-END JOY’
Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
PREPARE TO BE TRANSPORTED & UPLIFTED.
IN A LEAGUE OF ITS OWN’
Dominic Cavendish, The Daily Telegraph
AN UPLIFTING CELEBRATION OF MULTI-CULTURAL BRITAIN’
Paul Taylor, The Independent
‘THE BEST BRITISH MUSICAL IN YEARS’
Michael Arditti, Sunday Express
The Sunday Telegraph
‘EMPOWERING AND EXHILARATING,
YOU’LL FLOAT OUT OF THE THEATRE ON A WAVE OF ELATION’
Georgina Brown, Mail on Sunday
‘ONE OF THE SUNNIEST, FUNNIEST MUSCIALS IN MANY A YEAR’
Neil Norman, Daily Express
‘BURSTING WITH EXUBERANCE.
A JOYOUS FEEL-GOOD SHOW. INSPIRING. FRESH. FUNNY’
Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard
‘A MUSICAL HAT-TRICK OF CRACKING TUNES, HEART-TUGGING STORYLINE AND EXCELLENT PERFORMANCES’
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
‘SENSATIONAL. ALL THE FEEL-GOOD FACTOR OF AN ENGLAND WIN’
Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out
Financial Times Metro
The Bend it Like Beckham cast includes Natalie Dew as football crazy Jess with Lauren Samuels as Jules, a player with the Harriers, a local women’s football team, and Jamie Muscato as their coach Joe. Ronni Ancona plays Paula, Jules’s Mum, with Jamal Andréas as Jess’ good friend Tony. Preeya Kalidas plays Pinky, Jess’ sister, with Tony Jayawardena and Natasha Jayetileke as her parents, Mr and Mrs Bhamra.
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