Rent is up for renewal on 20th anniversary UK tour from Friday


The new 20th anniversary production of Jonathan Larson’s ground-breaking Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical Rent has added extra dates to its UK tour which starts this Friday and includes a Christmas residency in London.

Larson’s world is inhabited by a group of bohemian artists who struggle to maintain their friendships and their non-conformist ideals in New York’s East Village.

Shanay Holmes, Rent (in rehearsal)
Shanay Holmes, Rent (in rehearsal)

Facing their problems head on, they make personal self-discoveries and find what really matters most in life.

The poignancy of the story was heightened when Jonathan Larson died of a sudden heart condition the night before the show’s first off-Broadway performance at New York Theatre Workshop.

The much-loved score features songs such as Seasons of Love, Take Me or Leave Me, What You Own, One Song Glory, La Vie Bohème, Without You, I’ll Cover You, Out Tonight and I Should Tell You.

The cast has been confirmed as Ross Hunter, Billy Cullum, Ryan O’Gorman, Shanay Holmes, Layton Williams, Philippa Stefani, Lucie Jones, Javar La’trial Parker and Joshua Dever. Also cast is Kevin Yates, Jordan Laviniere, Christina Modestou, Bobbie Little, Jenny O’Leary and Katie Bradley.

Jonathan Larson’s landmark rock opera, inspired by Puccini’s opera La Bohème, won four Tony Awards, six Drama Desk Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1996. It ran on Broadway for 12 years, London’s Shaftesbury Theatre for 18 months and has been adapted into a film.

Tour Dates

October 21-November 12, Theatr Clwyd, Mold
November 15-19, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
November 22-26, Malvern Festival Theatre
November 29-December 3, Wycombe Swan
December 8-January 28, St. James Theatre, London
January 31-February 4, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne
February 6-11, Churchill Theatre, Bromley
February 14-18, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
March 28-April 1, Leicester Curve
April 3-8, Wales Millennium Centre
April 11-15, Cheltenham Everyman Theatre
April 18-22, York Theatre Royal
May 1-6, Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre For The Arts
May 9-13, Belgrade Theatre
May 16-20, Nottingham Playhouse
May 23-27, Assembly Hall Theatre,Tunbridge Wells

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