New British musical Bend it Like Beckham began previews at the Phoenix Theatre on 15th May 2015. Press night took place on the 24th June 2014.
About the Phoenix Theatre
The Phoenix Theatre is located on Charing Cross Road in between Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road stations. The building is near to a host of shops and hotels, and was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, Bertie Crewe and Cecil Masey. It opened in 1930 of Private Lives, written by and starring Noel Coward, and featuring Gertrude Lawrence and Laurence Olivier in one of his first roles. The interior of the Phoenix is often considered to be one of London’s finest. Designed by director and designer Theodore Komisarjevsky in an Italianate style, golden wall engravings and plush, red carpets make the theatre a very striking one.
The theatre has been host to numerous successful plays and musicals over the years, including John Gielgud’s Love for Love, Harlequinade and The Browning Version by Terence Rattigan, and Night and Day by Tom Stoppard. Past musicals include The Baker’s Wife, The Biograph Girl, and Into The Woods, and for over 21 years, the theatre was home to Blood Brothers, one of longest-running shows in London’s history.
After 21 wonderful years at the Phoenix Theatre, Blood Brothers finally closed on 10 November 2012. Following the show, the theatre saw a short running production of Goodnight Mr Tom. Following that was the UK premiere of Once the Musical, began previews on 16 March before opening on 9 April. The show won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical on Broadway and scooped a 2014 Laurence Olivier Award. Once the Musical closed on Saturday 21st March 2015.
Bend It Like Beckham arrived at the Phoenix theatre on 15th May 2015.
Access and Facilities
- Wheelchair access is available on the Dress Circle level
- There are bars on all three floors of the theatre
- There are male and female tickets on all levels
- A cloakroom is available for patrons