West End's Bend It Like Beckham Musical Casts Its Complete Team

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Casting has been announced for the West End world premiere of Bend It Like Beckham, a new British musical version of the 2002 film of the same name that begins performances May 15 prior to an official opening June 24 at the Phoenix Theatre.

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.

Ronni Ancona will play 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.

Sohm Kapila, Buckso Dhillon-Woolley and Harveen Mann play Aunties, Irvine Iqbal and Karl Seth play Uncles, with Sejal Keshwala, Serina Mathew and Sharan Phull as Cousins. Rakesh Boury, Jorell Coiffic-Kamall, Tom Millen, Daniel Bolton play footballers, with Teetu played by Raj Bajaj.

The Harriers are played by Michelle Bishop, Lisa Bridge, Chloe Chambers, Genesis Lynea, Kirstie Skivington and Danielle Young. Rekha Sawhney and Shahid Khan are the production’s Indian Heritage Singers. They are accompanied by swings including Kayleigh McKnight.

Dew’s theatre credits include Teh Internet is a Serious Business and Rough Cut for the Royal Court, Romeo and Juliet for the National Theatre and Twelfth Night at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park. Regionally, she has appeared for Northern Broadsides, at Leicester's Curve and Liverpool's Everyman. 

Samuels was a finalist in the BBC’s "Over the Rainbow." She made her professional stage debut as Wendy in Peter Pan A Musical! at Leicester Curve, and has subsequently played Sandy in Grease at the Piccadilly Theatre and Scaramouche in We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre.

Bower will make his West End stage debut in Bend It Like Beckham. On film his credits include Anthony Hope in Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," the young Gellert Grindwald in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I and II" and Caius in the film trilogy "Twilight Saga: New Moon and Breaking Dawn- Part I and Part II".

Ancona is best known for her TV work in "The Big Impression" with Alistair McGowan and "The Sketch Show," which won her a BAFTA. Stage credits include Singin' in the Rain (Sadler's Wells) and Little Revolution (Almeida).

Directed by Gurinder Chadha, with original music by Howard Goodall and lyrics by Charles Hart, the musical has a new book by Paul Mayeda Berges and 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; 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 and Deepak Nayar Productions.

To book tickets, which are initially on sale through July 11 only, contact the box office on 0843 316 1082 or visit www.benditlikebeckhamthemusical.co.uk.

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