They are cheerleaders, and they are coming to London for a peppy new musical. Bring It On, the bastion of any decent noughties sleepover and the movie that ignited an obsession with pompoms and high-kicks has been transformed for the stage by none other than Hamilton writer Lin-Manuel Miranda himself.
The sassy chants and high octane acrobatics give Bring It On all the ingredients for an invigorating, feel-good musical. But there's more to this millennial classic than bouncy routines and high school popularity contests. We follow newly-instated cheer captain Torrence Shipman (immortalised on film by Kirsten Dunst) through some serious soul-searching as she discovers that her squad has been winning awards and acclaim with routines stolen from a poor, predominately black inner city cheer team.
Hip hop meets cheese in a flurry of somersaults and a cloud of hairspary as the two very different cheerleading squads go head to head in the national championships.
Along with whip-smart comedy, coming of age trials and inevitable romance, this teen classic has a potent exploration of cultural appropriation and white privilege. We can't wait to see what magic Lin-Manuel Miranda brings.
One, two, three, altogether now:
Don't hate us cause we're beautiful cause we don't like you either!
We're cheerleaders! We are cheerleaders!
|What||Bring It On the musical, Southwark Playhouse|
77-85 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD | MAP
|Nearest tube||Elephant & Castle (underground)|
02 Aug 18 – 01 Sep 18, 7:30 PM – 9:50 PM
|Price||£14 - £25|
|Website||Click here to book now|