5 shows we'd like to see in the Phoenix Theatre

”Bend it Like Beckham” closes on 5 March which means there’s a West End theatre available for hire

Earlier this month producers announced that Bend It Like Beckham will close at the Phoenix Theatre on 5 March 2016.

Whilst this is sad news for everyone who loved the show, it does leave the prospect of an available West End theatre.

Here's five shows we'd love to see make their West End debut. Scroll down for our poll and let us know which of the five you'd most like to see. Got another suggestion? Get in touch on Twitter.

*Odds are completely fictitious. We know theatre better than we know maths.*

5. Grey Gardens

Jenna Russell in Grey Gardens
Jenna Russell in Grey Gardens
© Scott Rylander

The musical adaptation of Albert and David Maysles' documentary broke records this month when it sold out its run at Southwark Playhouse. With Jenna Russell and Sheila Hancock leading a cast which also includes Aaron Sidwell and Jeremy Legat, it's no wonder the show has been popular.

Likelihood? There's no doubt the cast will shift tickets, but part of the show's charm is in its intimate setting, so would the show work in a bigger venue without major reworking? Odds: 30/1

4. Show Boat

Emmanuel Kojo in Show Boat at the Sheffield Crucible
Emmanuel Kojo in Show Boat at the Sheffield Crucible
© Johan Persson

Its Christmas musicals have put Sheffield Crucible on the map and Daniel Evans' production of Show Boat starring Michael Xavier and Gina Beck is no exception.

Likelihood? There's been some talk of Show Boat drifting south and it has been linked by some to the New London Theatre once War Horse gallops out after seven years in the West End. Either way, we'd love to see this one in town, even just to hear Emmanuel Kojo sing "Ol' Man River" once more. Odds: 50/1

3. Carrie the Musical

'Passionate core' - Evelyn Hoskins as Carrie
'Passionate core' – Evelyn Hoskins as Carrie
© Claire Bilyard

Evelyn Hoskins took the title role alongside the incomparable Kim Criswell as her mother, in this revamped adaption of Stephen King's novel which received high praise from audience and critics alike. It's recently been nominated for Best Off-West End Production in this year's WhatsOnStage Awards.

Likelihood? A bigger theatre/budget will allow for work on the illusions used in the original run. Hoskins is touring Alan Ayckbourn's Hero's Welcome and Gabriella Williams is currently playing Sophie in Mamma Mia! so a recast would be needed. Super producer Bill Kenwright's involvement in the Southwark run points to an afterlife for this production. Odds: 20/1

2. Titanic

Titanic at Southwark Playhouse
Titanic at Southwark Playhouse
© Annabel Vere

Maury Yeston and Peter Stone's musical opened on Broadway in 1997 (six months before the film) and won five Tony Awards including the award for Best Musical. The European premiere of a new chamber version in 2014 won the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Off West End Production.

Likelihood? The show was upscaled and set sail for a month long run in Toronto, Canada last year, so it's easy to imagine this hit arriving in the West End at some point. Odds: 10/1

1. The Girls

Gary Barlow, Tim Firth and the cast of The Girls

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth's musical adaptation of the 2003 film Calendar Girls premiered at the Leeds Grand Theatre last year and is currently playing at The Lowry in Salford with a cast including Harriet Thorpe, Claire Machin and Joanna Riding.

Likelihood? Mr Barlow himself has said a number of times that he hopes to bring the show to the West End and with no further dates booked for the production, he could have been waiting for a venue like the Phoenix to free up. Odds: 5/1

Which of these would you most like to see move into the Phoenix Theatre?

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