Bend It Like Beckham to close on 5 March 2016


New musical Bend It Like Beckham has posted closing notices for 5 March 2016 at the Phoenix Theatre in London's West End.

The Producers are currently finalising both national and international touring offers including a tour of India visiting multiple stadia.

Director Gurinder Chadha said of the news:

"I am incredibly proud of the Bend It Like Beckham cast, musicians, production and creative teams. We opened at the Phoenix Theatre to the most amazing five star reviews and we've inspired and entertained people of all ages and all backgrounds, something I have not seen in the West End for many years.

Bend It Like Beckham opened for previews at the Phoenix Theatre on 15 May 2015, with an official opening on 24 June 2015. The show received positive reviews, with critics praising the score and adaptation to the stage.

The cast is led by Natalie Dew who plays football crazy 'Jess' with Lauren Samuels as 'Jules', a player with the Harriers, a local women’s football team, and Jamie Muscato as their coach Joe. They are joined by Sophie-Louise Dann as 'Paula', Jamal Andréas 'Tony', Preeya Kalidas as 'Pinky', Tony Jayawardena and Natasha Jayetileke as 'Mr and Mrs Bhamra'.

"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 production is directed by Gurinder Chadha, with original music by Howard Goodall and lyrics by Charles Hart. It features a new book by Paul Mayeda Berges & Gurinder Chadha; choreography and musical staging by Aletta Collins; set design by Miriam Buether; costume design by Katrina Lindsay; lighting design by Neil Austin; sound design by Richard Brooker and musical direction by Nigel Lilley.

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