Football is suddenly all the rage in London theatre, with a serious, searching Patrick Marber play The Red Lion at the National and now the most joyous new West End musical for years in Bend it Like Beckham. Based on the 2002 film of the same name, but vibrantly given its own distinctive stage language and brand-new musical score, it is a warm-hearted and gorgeous giant hug of a show, innit. Read more
Jess needs extra time. She is facing the most important decision of her life; live up to family expectations of university, career and marriage, or follow in the footsteps of her hero David Beckham. When the talented teenage footballer is spotted playing football in Southall, a world of opportunities opens up before her. But as the day of her sister's traditional Indian wedding approaches, Jess needs to pick sides.