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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.
Book your Bend it Like Beckham tickets today!
Bend It Like Beckham Set To Close March 2016 Ahead Of India, Dubai and UK Tours
Bend It Like Beckham The Musical recently extended booking at the Phoenix Theatre to 5 March 2016 when the show will then play its final performance at the end of the cast’s year-long contract. Rehearsals began for the critically acclaimed production in March 2015 with a company led by Natalie Dew as Jess and Lauren Samuels as Jules. The Producers are currently finalising both national and international touring offers including a tour of India visiting multiple stadia.
14 Jan, 2016 | By Jacob Porteous
Reviews / Features
Review: Anita And Me At The Theatre Royal Stratford East
I really have a thing for stories that are influenced by Indian culture; movies and stage shows like Bend It Like Beckham, Bombay Dreams and Bride and Prejudice are fantastic in my eyes and the energy that they exude is incredibly infectious. I felt the same way when I went and saw Anita and Me at the Theatre Royal Stratford East on November 4th: I found the story both informative and thought provoking, the general production values beautiful and imaginative, and the cast members inviting and warming to watch.
9 Nov, 2015 | By Shaun Nolan
5 Reasons You Need To See Bend It Like Beckham
Blogger and vlogger Shaun Nolan gives you five reasons why you should go and see BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM: THE MUSICAL at the Phoenix Theatre
10 Sep, 2015 | By Shaun Nolan
Features / Casting
Theatre Etiquette (Part Four) - Cast, Meet Crew
You only ever see them in the shadows. All in black, moving silently, appearing out of nowhere … The crew – a baffling force. A group of people who have the power to make or break your performance – they're the sort of people you really want to have on side. But how?
1 Aug, 2015 | By Harriet Wilson
Theatre Etiquette (Part Three) – The Audience
In my last blog, we established the Interval Theatre Etiquette. But what about before and after the interval – whilst you are actually in the auditorium, watching a performance? You might not immediately think of this as the time during which theatre etiquette most needs to be established, but think back: how many times have you been sandwiched between the person who won't stop talking and the person who is eating popcorn with unnatural vigour, with people coming in late just in front of you? Of all the theatrical situations with which we Thespians are faced, it could well be that the auditorium itself is the place that is most in need of some etiquette fine-tuning. So what exactly is the etiquette for an audience member?
23 Jul, 2015 | By Harriet Wilson
From Screen To Stage? 7 Movies With The Potential For West End Glory
It seems fair to say that London’s newest musical, Bend It Like Beckham, has hit the back of the net as far as the critics are concerned. The show, which had its opening night on 24th June, has been described as ‘irresistible’, ‘joyous’, and ‘one of the sunniest, funniest musicals I have seen in many a year’.
9 Jul, 2015 | By Liz Dyer
Reviews / Features
Review: Bend It Like Beckham At The Phoenix Theatre
Bend It Like Beckham at the Phoenix Theatre is a vibrant new show based on the 2001 film of the same name and is bought to the stage by the same creative team of director Gurinder Chadha and co-writer Paul Mayeda Berges. In addition, the stage production has music by Howard Goodall and lyrics by Charles Hart.
29 Jun, 2015 | By Tony Peters
News / Casting
An Exclusive First Look At The Bend It Like Beckham Cast
London previews begin for the new British musical Bend It Like Beckham at the Phoenix Theatre on 15 May 2015 with opening night on 24 June 2015. Due to popular demand, in January a further 200,000 tickets were released for sale at the Phoenix Theatre, taking bookings to 24 October 2015.
27 Feb, 2015 | By Jacob Porteous
What’s On The West End Stage in 2015?
I must start this post and be honest with you all: this might be one of the most exciting blog posts I have ever written. I made one of these for my own blog last year and it is so thrilling to take a look ahead at the amazing theatre coming to London in the year. So, for those of you who aren’t as clued up as others, or for those of you that are just intrigued to hear more and for a little bit of clarity behind rumours, here’s my pick of the top 5 most exciting West End openings that we’ll be seeing in 2015.
30 Jan, 2015 | By London Theatre Direct
Bend It Like Beckham Opens At The Phoenix Theatre Next May!
Gurinder Chadhawill directs the world premiere of the new British musical which opens at the Phoenix Theatre (where Once is currently running) on 24th June 2015 (previews from 15th May). It is produced by Sonia Friedman who is also behind countless theatrical hits including The Book of Mormon and Legally Blonde.
5 Nov, 2014 | By Jacob Porteous