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Bend It Like Beckham The Musical announces full cast
The world stage premiere of Bend It Like Beckham, a new British musical adapted from the film of the same name, has announced full casting for the production which opens at the Phoenix Theatre on 24 June 2015, following previews from 15 May - booking to 11 July 2015.
Natalie Dew will play 'Jess' alongside Lauren Samuels as 'Jules' and Jamie Campbell Bower as their coach 'Joe'.
They will be joined by Ronni Ancona (Paula), Jamal Andreas (Tony), Preeya Kalidas (Pinky), Tony Jayawardena (Mr Bhamra) and Natasha Jayetileke (Mrs Bhamra).
Sohm Kapila, Buckso Dhillon-Woolley , and Harveen Mann will play the Aunties, with Irvine Iqbal and Karl Seth as the Uncles and Sejal Keshwala, Serina Mathew and Sharan Phull as the Cousins.
The ensemble will include Rakesh Boury, Jorell Coiffic-Kamall, Tom Millen and Daniel Bolton as Footballers, Raj Bajaj as Teetu, Michelle Bishop, Lisa Bridge, Chloe Chambers, Genesis Lynea, Kirstie Skivington and Danielle Young as 'The Harriers', Rekha Sawhney and Shahid Khan as the Indian Heritage Singers and Kayleigh McKnight as Swing.
Directed by Gurinder Chadha, the creative team behind Bend It Like Beckham includes Nigel Lilley for musical direction, Miriam Buether for set design, Aletta Collins for choreography, Katrina Lindsay for costume design, Neil Austin for lighting and Richard Brooker for sound.
The show has a new book by Paul Mayeda Berges and Gurinder Chadha, with original music by Howard Goodall and lyrics by Charles Hart.
"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."
The 'Bend It Like Beckham' film was released in 2002 and was also directed by Gurinder Chadha. It starred Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher, Shaznay Lewis and Archie Panjabi.
Natalie Dew's theatre credits include 'Teh Internet is a Serious Business' and 'Rough Cut' for the Royal Court, Olivia in 'Twelfth Night' for Liverpool Everyman Theatre, 'Fault Lines' for Hampstead Theatre, 'Arab Nights' for Soho Theatre, Ophelia in 'Hamlet' for Northern Broadsides and 'Romeo and Juliet' for the National Theatre.
Lauren Samuels was a finalist in the BBC's 'Over the Rainbow' and went on to make her professional stage debut as Wendy in 'Peter Pan A Musical!' at Leicester Curve. Her West End credits include Sandy in 'Grease' at the Piccadilly Theatre and Scaramouche in 'We Will Rock You' at the Dominion Theatre.
Jamie Campbell Bower will make his West End stage debut in 'Bend It Like Beckham'. His film credits include Anthony Hope in Tim Burton's 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street', Gellert Grindwald in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I and II', and Caius in the film trilogy the 'Twilight Saga: New Moon and Breaking Dawn Part I and Part II'.