By Ninder Kaur

 

bend it like beckham

The multiple award-winning movie has been brought to London’s West End.

 

Bend It Like Beckham: The Musical will be take place at the Phoenix Theatre in London, and will be taking bookings right through to the 24th October 2015.

 

Adapted by Gurinder Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges from the 2002 smash hit film of the same name, Bend it Like Beckham: The Musical follows Jess, a talented young football player torn between following in the footsteps of her hero David Beckham, or living up to family expectations of university, career and marriage.

 

Featuring an original score with a Punjabi kick, it brings a unique cultural fusion of musical theatre to the stage for the first time. This reimagining of the much-loved hit film sees generations, cultures and communities brought together in this joyous and uplifting story about bending the rules and scoring that deciding goal.

 

Scored by Howard Goodall (Love Story, The Hired Man) with the collaboration of pioneer of the British Bhangra sound, composer and performer Kuljit Bhamra and lyrics by Charles Hart (Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Love Never Dies), the music of Bend It Like Beckham is an East-West fusion of Bhangra and soaring joyous melodies. Gurinder Chadha once again takes the helm as director, with choreography and musical staging by Aletta Collins (Anna Nicole).

 

The diverse and talented cast of the musical includes Natalie Dew as football crazy Jess with Lauren Samuels as Jules, a player with the Harriers, a local women’s football team, and Jamie Campbell Bower as their coach Joe. Sophie-Louise Dann plays Paula, Jules’s Mum, with Jamal Andréas as Jess’ good friend Tony.  Preeya Kalidas plays Pinky, Jess’ sister, with Tony Jayawardena and Natasha Jayetileke as Jess’ parents, Mr and Mrs Bhamra.

 

The British comedy drama movie was released in 2002, directed by Gurinder Chadha and written by Gurinder Chadha.

Following the international release of Bend It Like Beckham the film, produced by Deepak Nayar and Gurinder Chadha, went on to win multiple awards worldwide and is the reason behind introducing the movie as a big theatre production.

 

Gurinder said: “Developing Bend it Like Beckham for the stage, has been the most enjoyable creative process of my career so far. Our ambition is to create a totally new British musical, with a different musical language. A musical that speaks to us of today and of where we are as a nation.”

Bend It Like Beckham kicks off at the Phoenix Theatre on 24 June 2015, London. Tickets For more information visit www.benditlikebeckhamthemusical.co.uk or call 0843 316 1082 to book your tickets.