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Bend It Like Beckham: The Musical extends its stay in London

Bend It Like Beckham, the West End musical from Gurinder Chadha, has had its run at the Phoenix Theatre in the heart of London extended until February 2016. 140,000 new tickets will be released for sale today (14 August 2015) with the Phoenix now taking bookings until 20th February 2016.

We saw the musical earlier on this year, and instantly fell in love with it. Here’s a little excerpt from my gushing review:

It will have you laughing from kick-off to the final curtain, during which you will have invested your heart and soul into these wonderful characters which you’ll want to spent time with again, and again. Yes, it is that good.

Bend It Like Beckham The Musical is a celebratory fusion of culture, music, emotions and fun, bursting with warmth, humour and heart. Jess needs extra time. She is facing the most important decision of her life: live up to family expectations of university,
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Audio: First Listen- Two Tracks from West End's Bend It Like Beckham!

Bend It Like Beckham, the new British musical, is currently booking at the Phoenix Theatre to 24 October 2015.Natalie Dew plays 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 the role of Paula withJamal Andreas as Jess' good friend Tony. Preeya Kalidas plays Pinky, Jess' sister, with Tony Jayawardena andNatasha Jayetileke as her parents, Mr and Mrs Bhamra.
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A Glorious Opening Night for Bend It Like Beckham: The Musical

The critically acclaimed five star West End production, Bend It Like Beckham: The Musical, opened to a packed house last night at London’s Phoenix Theatre Amongst the audience were familiar faces including Omid Djalili,Naughty boy, Madhu & Sulaiman from Signature, Anita Anand, Nihal, Adil Ray, Vanessa Feltz, Graham Norton, Juliet Stevenson, Lily Collins, Indira Verma and Manish Bhasin.

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.

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
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Bend It Like Beckham The Musical review

Bend It Like Beckham The Musical review: Gurinder Chadha brings her 2002 movie to the West End stage in a new production at the Phoenix Theatre in London. Bend It Like Beckham The Musical review

Bend It Like Beckham The Musical review

It was a film that was the sleeper hit of 2002, opening to pretty much universal acclaim and a very healthy box-office of $76 million worldwide. It was also the film that launched the career of Keira Knightley, propelling her to the international stage and celebrity. Now, 13 years on and Gurinder Chadha’s Bend It Like Beckham makes it to the London stage. Featuring music by Howard Goodall, lyrics by Charles Hart, and a book by Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges, Bend It Like Beckham The Musical has its world premiere in the West End’s legendary Phoenix Theatre.

Set in Southall and its surrounding areas, Bend It Like Beckham The
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Bend It Like Beckham musical review: She shoots, she scores!

Bend It Like Beckham musical review: She shoots, she scores!
The task of transforming a popular movie into a stage musical is a tough challenge that has brought successes (Billy Elliot), and disappointments (Made in Dagenham), so Gurinder Chadha's idea of bringing her 2002 film Bend It Like Beckham to the West End was an intriguing one.

The majority of the feel and the plot of the original film remains in the musical. Set in suburban west London, it focuses on Jess, who worships David Beckham and has a desire to play football that doesn't fit in with her Punjabi Indian parents' plans.

She secretly plays for her local women's football team and soon falls in love with coach Joe, which creates a difficult love triangle with her best friend Jules, a role which helped transform Keira Knightley into an international star.

The film's musical leaning lends itself well for a musical adaptation, and composer Howard Goodall and lyricist Charles Hart
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First look at the ‘Bend It By Beckham’ musical, now previewing in London

We strive to cover as many theatre productions as physically possible here at Thn, and love it when one comes our way that ties into film at the same time. Sure we’ve had some duds over the years, but there are also the gems that come our way too (we’re thinking Dirty Dancing, Billy Elliot and the brilliant Once to name a few).

Now in previews but officially opening in a couple of weeks is the stage version of Gurinder Chadha’s rather brilliant Bend It Like Beckham, which is probably most famous as being Keira Knightley’s break-out movie.

The production officially opens at the end of June, and we hope to bring you a full review in the weeks leading up to the big opening night on the 24th, but for now here’s a very special, first-look at the cast in the musical.

Natalie Dew
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Exclusive First Performance From Bend It Like Beckham The Musical At Asian Award

The cast of upcoming West End musical Bend It like Beckhamgave a rousing performance of the show’s opening number ‘UB2’ to a star studded audience at last Friday’s Asian Awards. The evening, hosted by Gok Wan, was attended by icons of the stage and screen including the legendary Shah Rukh Khan, former one direction member Zayn Malik, national treasures Sanjeev Bhasker and Meera Syal.

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.

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,
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Gurinder Chadha reveals ‘UB2’ the first track from Bend It Like Beckham The Musical

Gurinder Chadha and the cast of the West End show Bend It Like Beckham last night revealed the first song ‘UB2’ from the highly anticipated musical.

The song is a tribute to Southall (postcode UB2) and features the cast setting the scene for the show.The accompanying video was shot on the streets of Southall before rehearsals began. The cast spent a day singing, dancing and stopping traffic, and took over one of the most iconic streets in west London.

Chadha said of the filming and the track: “UB2 is where Jess lives, and where I lived. We wanted to get people to start to feel the essence and heart of the music, and the best way was to bring it to life here in the heart of the community.”

London previews begin for the new British musical Bend It Like Beckham on 15 May 2015 with opening night on 24 June 2015.

Natalie Dew
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Bend It Like Beckham: First look at the cast of the West End play

Bend It Like Beckham: First look at the cast of the West End play
Bend It Like Beckham has offered a first look at its West End cast.

A stage adaptation of the 2002 film will open at the Phoenix Theatre in London on June 24, with previews from May 15.

Natalie Dew will lead the cast of the play as football-crazy Jess, with Lauren Samuels playing Jules and Jamie Campbell Bower in the role of coach Joe.

Ronni Ancona, Jamal Andréas, Preeya Kalidas, Tony Jayawardena and Natasha Jayetileke will also star in the play.

Gurinder Chadha will direct the adaptation of her own hit film, with original music by Howard Goodall, lyrics by Charles Hart and a new book by Paul Mayeda Berges and Chadha.

The original film starred Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher, Shaznay Lewis and Archie Panjabi.

Tickets for Bend It Like Beckham are on sale now.
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Bend It Like Beckham – The Musical – Cast Announcement

Gurinder Chadha’s hit film Bend It Like Beckham is being readied for the West End stage and following a host of auditions and workshops, the cast for the highly anticipated stage version Bend It Like Beckham the Musical has been formally announced.

Natalie Dew will play 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. The three young leads will be supported by some familiar faces, including comedian Ronni Ancona who plays Paula, Jules’s Mum, with Jamal Andréas as Jess’ good friend Tony.

Preeya Kalidas who appeared in the original film as one of the cousins, will take on the role of Pinky, Jess’ sister and Tony Jayawardena andNatasha Jayetileke take on the all important roles of her parents, Mr and Mrs Bhamra.

Jess needs extra time. She is facing
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