When you can see Louis Smith and a Love Island winner in hit musical in Peterborough
Peterborough’s Louis Smith will be back on stage in the city this year - starring in Bring It On The Musical ahead of a London season
The production, which was due to visit the city last summer, will open at Peterborough New Theatre on Friday, November 26 for an eight-show run.
It will then transfer to the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Louis, the retired, four-time Olympic medal-winning gymnast - who also won 2012’s BBC Strictly Come Dancing before appearing in Rip It Up in both the West End and on tour - will star as Cameron, opposite Amber Davies as Campbell.
The former Arthur Mellows Village College pupil said today: “I’m absolutely over the moon that we’re able to announce Bring It On finally coming to the stage. It’s been such a tough time for so many people over the last year, so be able to have the opportunity to bring some much needed joy to everyone and dust the cobwebs off at the same time, is something I literally can’t wait for.
“Being able to do it in my home town of Peterborough is just the icing on the cake. Bring it on!”
Perhaps best known as the winner of ITV’s Love Island in 2017, Amber made her professional stage debut in 2019 to critical and audience acclaim as Judy Bernly in Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 The Musical at the Savoy Theatre and subsequently on the UK tour. Whilst training at Urdang Academy, her credits included Campbell in Bring It On The Musical and Downing in My Favourite Year.
The show takes audiences on a high-flying, energy-fuelled journey which tackles friendship, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness – wrapped up in explosive choreography and tricks.
Cheer-royalty and newly crowned Squad Captain, Campbell, should be embarking on her most cheertastic senior year at Truman High School. When she’s forced to move to the neighbouring hard- knock Jackson High, Campbell fears her life is over. But an unlikely friendship catapults Campbell back into contention with a powerhouse squad and the fire to achieve the impossible.
David Hutchinson, CEO of Selladoor Worldwide - which operates New Theatre and is producing Bring It On The Musical, said today: “Since we took on the New Theatre in 2019 it has been our long term ambition to bring the West End to Peterborough, so I am absolutely thrilled that the New Theatre will be the first venue in the country to open Bring It On this autumn, ahead of the show transferring to London’s prestigious South Bank Centre.
“This is the UK professional premiere production based on the well loved film, and features one of Peterborough’s homegrown stars, Louis Smith - alongside a stellar cast and creative team. I’m delighted that our fantastic Peterborough audiences will genuinely get to see the show first’.
Inspired by the 2000 film of the same name, Bring It On The Musical features an original score by the multi-award winning creator of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Pulitzer Prize winning
Tom Kitt, composer of Next To Normal.
Tickets go on general on sale for the performances in Peterborough this Friday at 10.00am at www.bringitonthemusicaluk.com