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Jess needs extra time. She is facing the most important decision of her life: live up to family expectations of university, career and marriage, or follow in the footsteps of her hero David Beckham. When the talented teenager is spotted playing football in Southall, a world of unexpected opportunities opens up before her. But as her sister’s traditional Indian wedding approaches, can she keep her family happy and still follow her dreams? Bend It Like Beckham is a joyous new British musical about where we are now. Featuring an original score with a Punjabi kick, it brings a unique cultural fusion of musical theatre to the stage for the first time. This reimagining of the much-loved hit film sees generations, cultures and communities brought together in this joyous and uplifting story about bending the rules and scoring that deciding goal.
Bend It Like Beckham is written by Paul Mayeda Berges and Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham (film), Bride and Prejudice). The original score is an East-West fusion of Bhangra and soaring joyous melodies with music by Howard Goodall (Love Story, The Hired Man) and lyrics by Charles Hart (Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Love Never Dies). Pioneer of British Bhangra sound, composer and performer Kuljit Bhamra has collaborated with Howard Goodall to create a truly unique cultural blend of musical theatre.
Gurinder Chadha will direct, with choreography and musical staging by Aletta Collins (Anna Nicole, ROH).
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Set in 1982 when Mary and her daughter George are celebrating one year living at Greenham Common peace camp protesting against the arrival of US cruise missiles. When Mary is faced with losing her child to the authorities she finds an unlikely ally in the shape of US airman Jim Meadows. It becomes a powerful story about "conviction, unity and love". This is the first computer generated musical.
Featuring a timeless score by Elton John, sensational dance and a powerful story, Billy Elliot the Musical, winner of the 2013 Olivier Audience Award, is a funny, uplifting and spectacular theatrical experience that will stay with you forever.
Roald Dahl's deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in a brand new West End musical directed by Academy Award� winner Sam Mendes.
When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it's the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he's always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as down the sugary corridors and amongst the incredible edible delights, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems.
Featuring ingenious stagecraft, the wonder of the original story that has captivated the world for almost 50 years is brought to life with music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman (Grammy� winners for Hairspray; Smash), a book by award-winning playwright and adaptor David Greig (The Bacchae; (Tintin In Tibet), set and costume designs by Mark Thompson ((Mamma Mia!; One Man, Two Guvnors) and choreography by Peter Darling (Billy Elliot The Musical; Matilda The Musical).
A chocolate garden, an army of squirrels and the curiously peculiar Oompa-Loompas must be believed to be seen in this gigantic new musical that is choc-full of fantastical treats to dazzle your senses.
"Sam Mendes whips up a tasty confection that's rich, dark and not too sweet!" - The Sunday Times
"Sam Mendes masterminds a lavish feast of a musical" - The Guardian
"The biggest homegorwn musical of the year! Willy Wonka's kingdom is realised in spectacular style in a tremendously inventive show" - London Evening Standard
"Dazzling Charlie is choc full of delights!" - Daily Express
"A delectable treat! It blends epic staging with genuinely special ingredients" - Metro
Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical, In The Heights is an exhilarating journey into Washington Heights, one of Manhattan's most vibrant communities - a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggle can be deciding which traditions to take with you, and which ones to leave behind. With a gripping story and incredible Latin and hip-hop infused score, In The Heights is a groundbreaking 21st century musical about what it takes to make a living, what it costs to have a dream, and what it means to be home. In The Heights opened at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre in February 2008. The production was nominated for thirteen Tony Awards, winning four for Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations. It was also nominated for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Set below the stage of the Paris Opera - a horribly deformed ex -performer 'haunts' the backstage and public areas - insisting that he has a box for his own private use. He falls in love with a beautiful young chorus singer and trains his pupil (who never sees him) to take over the star role. She excels and everyone wonders where she came from and how she developed such a beautiful voice. The Phantom, who has now revealed himself to her, decides to take her with him to spend her life in his subterranean lair but she is rescued by her lover.
A writer has just one hour to create a hit show to impress his producer. Stuck for ideas, he takes audience suggestions for a title, storylines and musical styles that they'd like to see in the show. The Showstoppers then create a musical from scratch based around that structure. Utterly unpredictable, frequently side-splittingly funny, packed with drama and featuring dazzling dance routines and catchy melodies, Showstopper! leaves delighted audiences singing all the way home.
A musical celebration featuring the hit songs of Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5. Thriller is a stage and video spectacular celebrating the wonderful music of one of the greatest entertainers of modern times, Michael Jackson. The show has mind-blowing choreography and brilliant vocal performances as Jackson's amazing songs and videos are brought to life on stage. A full company of 40 performers including singers, dancers, a gospel choir and live band put on a mind blowing show, with over two hours of back to back hit songs including I Want You Back, I'll Be There, Rock With You, She's Out of My Life, Billie Jean and Earth Song. Michael Jackson died 25th June 2009.
The War Of The Worlds… as you’ve never seen it before…
Jeff Wayne’s global music phenomenon is reimagined and brought to spectacular life for its much anticipated world stage-premiere. This new production features a star cast, full supporting company, Liam Neeson in 3D holography and on screen, the iconic Martian Fighting Machine, special effects, and a live on-stage orchestra conducted by Jeff Wayne.
The ground-breaking score, which has enjoyed over 15 million double albums sales and a staggering 330 weeks in the charts, includes the unforgettable hits The Eve Of The War, Thunder Child and Forever Autumn. Set in Victorian England and inspired by the famous H.G. Wells novel of the same name, The War Of The Worlds tells the devastating story of the invasion of Earth by Martians, as seen through the eyes of a journalist, his loved ones and those he encounters.
"No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that human affairs were being watched by intelligences which inhabited the timeless worlds of space… and yet, minds immeasurably superior to ours, regarded this Earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely, they drew their plans against us…"
At the West End’s Dominion Theatre, from February.