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
Cast includes Natalie Dew, Lauren Samuels, Jamie Campbell Bower, Ronni Ancona, Jamal Andreas, Preeya Kalidas, Tony Jayawardena, Natasha Jayetileke, Sohm Kapila, Buckso Dhillon-Woolley, Harveen Mann, Irvine Iqbal, Karl Seth, Sejal Keshwala, Serina Mathew, Sharan Phull, Rakesh Boury, Jorell Coiffic-Kamall, Tom Millen, Daniel Bolton, Raj Bajaj, Michelle Bishop, Lisa Bridge, Chloe Chambers, Genesis Lynea, Kirstie Skivington and Danielle Young, Rekha Sawhney, Shahid Khan, Kayleigh McKnight. 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.