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Gurinder Chadha directs the world premier of Bend it Like Beckham, which began previews at the Phoenix Theatre in May 2015.
Chadha has collaborated with Paul Mayeda Berges to create the brand new book, with music and lyrics by Howard Goodall and Charles Hart. Aletta Collins choreographs the show, with set by Miriam Buether, costume by Katrina Lindsay, Lighting by Neil Austin and sound by Richard Brooker.
Based on Gurinder Chadha’s multi-award winning 2002 film of the same name starring Keira Knightly and Parminder Nagra, the new stage adaption promises to be similarly entertaining!
Bend it Like Beckham follows the unlikely heroine, Jess who is torn between living up to her traditional Indian family’s expectations or to follow in the sporting footsteps of her hero, David Beckham.
As a Sikh young lady Jess, or Jesminder, has been forbidden by her family to play football. Despite their rules, Jess plays in the park which eventually leads to her being scouted by a similarly sporty girl named Jules. As Jess is enlisted to the Hounslow Harriers, her and Jules become best friends as they bid to rise to the top of their league. However issues begin to present themselves as Jess’ family become suspicious and both her and Jules fall for the same man. Uh oh!
Natalie Dew plays football crazy Jess heroine Jess, with with Lauren Samuels as Jules, a player with the Harriers. Jamie Campbell Bower plays the object of their affection, their coach Joe. Jamal Andréas plays Jess’ good friend Tony. Tony Jayawardena and Natasha Jayetileke play Jess’ parents and Ronni Ancona plays Paula, Jules’s Mum. Preeya Kalidas plays Pinky, Jess’ sister.
Bend it Like Beckham is an uplifting and joyous new British musical and had its press night at the Phoenix Theatre on the 24th June.
“Melting-pot Britain on one irresistible plate.” The Telegraph
“This is the most irresistibly joyous musical-theatre make-over of a much-loved movie since Billy Eliot.” The Independent.
“The sheer fun of it is irresistible and it can legitimately claim to have a social message about the importance of minorities assimilating and allowing their young to find their own paths in modern Britain.” The Daily Mail