Bend it Like Beckham at Phoenix Theatre tickets
Bend it Like Beckham at Phoenix Theatre tickets

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After many years of speculation, Bend It Like Beckham has finally arrived in the a West End as a brand new British Musical.

Adapting their onscreen smash hit for the stage, Gurinder Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges have teamed up once again, this time with the added challenge of adding song and dance to their work.

Like the film, the story focuses on the character of Jess Bhamra, an 18-year-old Sikh girl living in Southall with her traditionalist parents and soon to be wed sister, Pinky. Bucking tradition, Jess loves playing football despite having been forbidden to participate by her parents. Soon she finds a friend in Jules, a female football player for the Hounslow Harriers who convinces Jess to join her team.

Problems arise for both Jess and Jules as Jess' parents become suspicious of her activities and Jules' mum starts suspecting her daughter might be gay. Further issues occur when both girls fall for the same man; their football coach...uh oh! Can the girls' friendship overcome their parent’s expectations and their scrabble over a boy? Can they work together to win that all important match?

Bend it Like Beckham is directed by Chadha with original music by Howard Goodall and lyrics by Charles Hart. Aletta Colins provides choreography and musical staging, with set by Miriam Buether and costume by Katrina Lindsay.

The original cast of the show included Natalie Dew as Jess, Lauren Samuels as Jules, Jamie Campbell Bower as Joe, Sophie Louise Dann as Jules' mum, Paula and Preeya Kalidas as Pinky.

Recommended for

Lovers of football and musical theatre alike will enjoy this show, which is fun for all the family.

Age Recommendations: Recommended for 10+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 50 minutes including an interval
Opened: 15 May 2015
Press night: 24 Jun 2015
Booking from: 05 Mar 2016
Booking until: 05 Mar 2016

Location and map

Phoenix Theatre
Charing Cross Road
London, WC2H 0JG

101 Reviews Add review

I really didn't enjoy this show which is such a shame as the film was one of my favourite growing up. I thought it was cheesy, lacked... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 7 helpful votes

This was my 4th visit so the only surprises the show had were the small jokes and pranks the cast added to the last matinee - big enough... More

doritxuuu 158cm, 203 reviews, 6 helpful votes

One of the worst things I've seen, the intentions were all there and I understood the thought behind most things but the set was the... More

kellymarshall 6'0, 10 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was amazing, I loved every moment of it. I was a bit disappointed in that I missed a bit of the show due to where I was sat,... More

sarahward 5 foot, 289 reviews, 3 helpful votes

This is a real "feel good" show. Fabulous singing and dancing. Really love this show. This is my fourth time seeing it and wanted... More

dawnbsp 4ft 11, 316 reviews, 4 helpful votes

I was quite excited about the show, as the movie is kind of a feel-good movie for me. The show, however, seemed a bit unfinished? We... More

linneamjl 160, 7 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I loved it! The show was amazing. I really enjoyed the Bend It Like Beckham film, and to see it on stage was incredible. I loved... More

JanieC16 153cm, 13 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I thought the combination of football with bollywood dancing was an interesting idea but it didn't translate onto stage as successfully... More

RichardBayton 6"2, 106 reviews, 3 helpful votes

The show stayed pretty true to the film which for me was important. Some of the ways they incorporated football were very clever,... More

Chen 5"6, 41 reviews, 3 helpful votes