Rent
  • London Fringe

Rent was an instant success when it opened on Broadway, winning the Pulitzer Prize for drama, 4 Tony Awards, 6 Drama Desk Awards and 3 Obie Awards in its first year on Broadway. Its writer Jonathan Larson died of an aneurysm after the final dress rehearsal, just days before the show opened, so did not see the success his work became.

Rent is based around Puccini's La Bohème but updates the story to East Village, modern day New York. A community of young artists battle against the prospect of losing their homes due to the demands of a former friend who is now their landlord. This is the last thing they needed in their already troubled lives: Mark is struggling to become a film maker, Roger is struggling to come to terms with HIV. Although the story does not shy away from gritty topics, the show is still a favourite amongst the musical-going public.

RENT features unforgettable music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson including the much-loved songs Seasons of Love, Take Me or Leave Me and La Vie Boheme. Winner of four Tony® Awards, six Drama Desk Awards and the hugely prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it ran on Broadway for an astonishing 12 years.

Cast includes: Ross Hunter (We Will Rock You, Rock of Ages, The Book of Mormon) as Roger Davis, Billy Cullum (Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as Mark Cohen, Ryan O'Gorman (Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Billy Elliot) as Tom Collins, Shanay Holmes (Thriller Live, The Bodyguard) as Joanne Jefferson, Layton Williams (Billy in Billy Elliot, Thriller Live, Hairspray, Bad Education) as Angel Schunard, Philippa Stefani (In The Heights, Ghost the Musical, High Society) as Mimi Marquez and Lucie Jones (X Factor, Legally Blonde, Ghost the Musical, American Psycho, Les Misérables) as Maureen Johnson. The cast will also include Katie Bradley, Jordan Laviniere, Bobbie Little, Christina Modestou, Jenny O'Leary and Kevin Yates.

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