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

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Overview

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

99 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, lac... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 3 helpful votes

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 emotion, lacked any sort of musical pull - I came out and couldn't repeat a single line of a song I had heard. I hated the ending with Victoria and David it just didn't work one bit for me. I know that this show has very much been like marmite and I have friends who just loved it but it wasn't for me. I didn't really like the set, it just didn't seem to flow very well and the football element seemed barely even there which I suppose is understandable knowing that they had to work within a small theatre space. The costumes where ok but nothing special and the performances by all just felt half hearted - maybe I caught them on a bad day. This show was just really not for me!

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 3 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 ... More

doritxuuu 158cm, 130 reviews, 4 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 to see for people who's seen the show several times before but small enough not to bother new audiences. Otherwise, it was the usual Bend It - great performance of a wonderful material by a great cast.

doritxuuu 158cm, 130 reviews, 4 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 t... More

kellymarshall 6'0, 10 reviews, 0 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 only thing I liked. The acting was cringey, the songs joined that sentiment, they were not memorable and extremely obvious. A lot of the cast looked like they didn't want to be there. As well as this they included a lot of 'in-jokes' from the Indian community which I did not understand making me feel very uncomfortable. As I only paid £5 for my ticket I was particularly devastated, however I really wanted to see a new British musical succeed.

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 s... More

sarahward 5 foot, 177 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, but other then that I enjoyed the show. I loved the cast. They definitely chose the cast for the show. One of the actors was a bit off key at some points, but overall OK. The sets were amazing as well as the props, I couldn't believe that that were training with proper footballs on stage. The sets were brilliant.

sarahward 5 foot, 177 reviews, 0 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, 203 reviews, 2 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 to catch it again before it closes in a week.

dawnbsp 4ft 11, 203 reviews, 2 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? ... More

linneamjl 160, 7 reviews, 0 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 felt that there should have been a lot more choreography that was football created, as all the choreography featuring football was really cool. The story works better as a movie, but it was still a fun watch. The annoying 15 year-old beside me was crap though. She sat on her phone through the whole play.

linneamjl 160, 7 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I really liked it, a fun story about the love of football and the prejudice of being a woman in this sport. The very good performa... More

sergioAraujo 121 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I really liked it, a fun story about the love of football and the prejudice of being a woman in this sport. The very good performances and the beautiful set.

sergioAraujo 121 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 love... More

JanieC16 153cm, 11 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 the combination of different cultures and dance styles.

JanieC16 153cm, 11 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 success... More

RichardBayton 6"2, 106 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I thought the combination of football with bollywood dancing was an interesting idea but it didn't translate onto stage as successfully as the original film. The dancing and costumes were certainly the high light of this show.

RichardBayton 6"2, 106 reviews, 1 helpful vote