Natalie Dew and Lauren Samuels in Bend It Like Beckham at the Phoenix Theatre
Cast Members Joining the Upcoming Musical Based on the Hit 2002 Film
Late last year it was revealed that another popular British film would be adapted to the stage as part of a high profile musical theatre production. Following in the footsteps of Billy Elliot The Musical and Made in Dagenham, it was announced that audiences will soon be able to witness Bend It Like Beckham at the Phoenix Theatre.
Now the cast has been revealed, with names like Natalie Dew and Lauren Samuels set to inhabit the world thought-up by co-writer Gurinder Chadha.
Bend It Like Beckham introduces us to the character of Jess, someone with a big decision to make. Jess is an Indian girl who lives in the United Kingdom and whose dreams put her at odds with the desires of her family, the latter of whom she will soon have to face at an upcoming wedding. As a result she will soon have to make up her mind on whether or not follow an academic route in life and establish a family, or follow her dream of becoming a star footballer in the mould of David Beckham.
Natalie Dew has been seen in previous productions in London, including Arabian Nights for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Teh Internet Is Serious Business at the Royal Court Theatre, Romeo & Juliet at the National Theatre and Rough Cut for the Royal Court Theatre, in addition to television shows like Lewis and Gavin & Stacey.
Meanwhile, Lauren Samuels is well known for appearing on The Talent search Over The Rainbow on the BBC and her subsequence roles in various west end shows. Her credits include We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre and Grease at the Piccadilly Theatre, in addition to other shows in the capital and beyond.
The rest of the newly-announced cast members include Jamie Campbell Bower, Ronni Ancona, Jamal Andreas, Preeya Kalidas, Tony Jayawardena and Natasha Jayetileke, among others.
Bend It Like Beckham opens at the Phoenix Theatre on Wednesday 24th June 2015 (previews from Friday 15th May 2015) and is initially booking to Saturday 11th July 2015.