Bend It Like Beckham becomes the latest film to get the West End treatment as a new musical production lands at the Phoenix Theatre under the direction of Gurinder Chadha, herself responsible for the 2002 cinema hit.
The show is adapted to the stage by Chadha and Paul Mayede Berges with Howard Goodall and Charles Hart providing the music and lyrics respectively. The result is a musical that will capture the magic of the 2002 original whilst also introducing the story to a new audience of eager London theatregoers.
Bend It Like Beckham is a tale of big decisions for an Indian girl living in the UK. Jess is great at football and would love nothing more than to follow in the footsteps of stars like David Beckham. But it’s not that easy; there’s a big wedding on the horizon and she is going to have to make a decision about her future before she faces the whole family – should she follow her dreams of football stardom or taking the tradition academic and family route favoured by her relatives?
Director Gurinder Chadha has been behind various films over the years, many of which explore similar themes to Bend It Like Beckham, such as the lives of Indian people in the UK, with her best known work being Bhaji On The Beach, Bride And Prejudice, It’s A Wonderful Afterlife, and Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging. She also penned The Mistress Of Spices, a film that was directed by Paul Mayede Berges, her husband and co-writer of the Bend It Like Beckham musical.
Bend It Like Beckham, of course, remains her most sizable hit, introducing world audiences to Parminder Nagra and maintaining Keira Knightley’s then-rising status in Hollywood.
So it is the perfect story to bring to a West End stage. It joins many well known shows that have their origins on the big screen, including Once The Musical, which this production will replace at the Phoenix Theatre. Other adaptations include Billy Elliot The Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre and The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre.
Bend It Like Beckham runs at the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End from Wednesday 24th June 2015 (previews from Friday 15th May 2015).
|Booking From:||Saturday, 5th March 2016|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 5th March 2016|
|Running Time:||2 hours 45 minutes|
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