RENT comes to the West End to open 20th Anniversary production at the Other Palace (St James Theatre)!
2 EXTRA PERFORMANCES ADDED for 20th Dec and 3rd Jan!
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.
RENT stars Lucie Jones (The X Factor finalist, Elle Woods in Legally Blonde at Curve and Cosette in the West End production of Les Misérables), Layton Williams (Billy in Billy Elliot and original Young Michael Jackson in Thriller Live in the West End, Simon in UK Tour of Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies, Stephen in BBC’s Bad Education and the 2015 feature film of the same name), Ross Hunter (We Will Rock You, Legally Blonde, Drew in Rock of Ages and The Book of Mormon in the West End), Billy Cullum (Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the West End and Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre), Philippa Stefani (Daniela in In The Heights at King's Cross Theatre, I Can't Sing! and Wicked (Original cast) in the West End) Ryan O'Gorman (Les Miserables and Billy Elliot in the West End) and Javar La'trail Parker (Showboat at the New London Theatre). Completing the cast are Javar La’trial Parker (Showboat at the New London Theatre) as Benjamin Coffin III and Joshua Dever,
RENT is directed by Bruce Guthrie with Choreography by Lee Proud, Set Design by Olivier Award-winner Anna Fleischle and Musical Direction by Phil Cornwell.
This is a rare and fantastic opportunity to see one of the all-time great musicals.
Don't hesitate, book RENT tickets now to avoid disappointment!