The Verdict: Reviews for London Soccer Musical Bend It Like Beckham | Playbill

The Verdict The Verdict: Reviews for London Soccer Musical Bend It Like Beckham Bend It Like Beckham, a new British stage musical based on the 2002 film of the same name about fans of U.K. football (soccer) hero David Beckham, opened June 24 at the Phoenix Theatre in the West End.
A scene from <i>Bend It Like Beckham</i>
A scene from Bend It Like Beckham Photo by Ellie Kurttz

Natalie Dew stars as 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 Dan plays Paula, Jules’ Mum, with Jamal Andréas as Jess’ good friend Tony. Preeya Kalidas plays Pinky, Jess' sister, with Tony Jayawardena and Natasha Jayetileke as her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bhamra.

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Directed by Gurinder Chadha, who also directed the original film and has co-written the book with Paul Mayeda Berges, the show has original music by Howard Goodall (The Hired Man, Love Story) and lyrics by Charles Hart (The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love). Choreography and musical staging are by Aletta Collins, with  set design by Miriam Buether; costume design by Katrina Lindsay; lighting design by Neil Austin; sound design by Richard Brooker; musical direction by Nigel Lilley; and orchestrations by Howard Goodall and Kuljit Bhamra.

Bend It Like Beckham is produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions, Deepak Nayar Productions, Bend it Films, Fischer & Vaswani Productions, Tanya Link Productions & Zeilinger Productions, Lost Marbles & Two Way Split, Delman Jacobson, Doit M&E India and Reliance Entertainment

To book tickets, which are on sale through Oct. 24, contact the box office on 0843 316 1082 or visit

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