Bend It Like Beckham has always been a favourite movie of mine since I was younger. My sisters and I used to watch it together growing up and when I found out it was coming to London’s West End – I had to see it. I read so many wonderful reviews about the show in the lead up to seeing it and I’ve got to say I absolutely loved it. I’ve never been a huge theatre person, with that said – I thought it was phenomenal and I would definitely go back to see it again and am keen to see more West End shows.
For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, here’s the lowdown: Jess Bhamra comes from a really strict Indian family and isn’t allowed to play football on an organised team. She is scouted one day by Jules Paxton playing in the park and she gets recruited to play with the Hounslow Harriers. She starts to secretly play on the team and figures out how to keep it from her parents. While she’s playing on the team, she starts to develop feelings for her coach, Joe. You’ll have to watch the movie or go see the musical to see how the rest of the story unfolds…
One of the great aspects of the musical adaptation is that you don’t have to have already seen the film, or be a football fanatic to enjoy it. The dancing and singing were spectacular (I am downloading the soundtrack), the cast were hilarious and it was a truly light-hearted, feel good show.
Pinky (Jess’s sister) was played by Preeya Kalidas, who was actually in the original movie. She was outstanding. The Bhangra dance scenes were my favourite and I loved the colourful costumes.
The show was beautifully orchestrated and it was such a great celebration of the movie. There was some quintessentially British humour thrown into the mix and it was an overall uplifting experience. I don’t have enough fantastic things to say about it. The show is playing at the Phoenix Theatre until February 2016 and you can book tickets online by clicking here: http://benditlikebeckhamthemusical.co.uk/
All photos were taken by Ellie Kurttz c/o Premier PR.