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

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About the show

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

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, 40 reviews, 2 helpful votes

matthewseaman 44 reviews, 0 helpful votes

carrierose 5"8, 53 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... More

sergioAraujo 192 reviews, 2 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, 294 reviews, 3 helpful votes

sayers500 178cm, 87 reviews, 2 helpful votes

A fun, enjoyable and catchy musical that I thoroughly enjoyed, a shame it closed so early.

SophCG 5'9", 38 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The perfect British musical.

sayers500 178cm, 87 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I enjoyed the show, it was fun and the songs were good. It was not my favourite show ever, but still worth seeing!

erinoneill 5"11, 35 reviews, 0 helpful votes