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Bend It Like to Beckham to close in March

Natasha Jayetileke, Natalie Dew, Tony Jayawardena and Preeya Kalidas in Bend It Like Beckham The Musical. Photo: Ellie Kurttz Natasha Jayetileke, Natalie Dew, Tony Jayawardena and Preeya Kalidas in Bend It Like Beckham. Photo: Ellie Kurttz
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West End musical Bend It Like Beckham will close in March after running for less than a year.

The show, which is directed by Gurinder Chadha, will close at the Phoenix Theatre on March 5, however its producers have said they are currently in talks to tour the musical in the UK, India and Dubai.

It originally began previewing in May last year, with an official opening on June 24.

Based on the 2000 film of the same name, Bend It Like Beckham has music by Howard Goodall, lyrics by Charles Hart and a book by Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges.

Chadha said she was “incredibly proud” of the show, adding: “I set out to tell our stories from my perspective of our multicultural London. Our show celebrates all of us on stage an behind the scenes, something myself and the team worked so well together to realise.”

The cast includes Natalie Dew, Lauren Samuels and Jamie Muscato.

Bend It Like Beckham is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Deepak Nayar Productions, Bend It Films, Fischer and Vaswani Productions, Tanya Link Productions and Zeilinger Productions, Lost Marbles and Two Way Split, Delman Jacobson, DOIT Media and Entertainment (India) and Reliance Entertainment.

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