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New UK Rent Musical production could transfer to West End after Manchester run
Rent the musical has been announced to have a one-month run at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre this summer. The production will be directed by Luke Sheppard (& Juliet and Spring Awakening); further details including cast and creatives are yet to be announced. The announcement of a UK production of Rent has already stirred huge excitement, which makes the likelihood of a West End transfer possible.
What is Rent about?
The Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning musical Rent is set in New York’s East Village and centres its story around a group of bohemians who live under the threat of losing their apartment; even though their new landlord is their old best friend. Mark and Roger are at the forefront of the small group of characters that the musical focuses on. The pair struggle to create art, as well as struggling with love, life and living in the shadow of HIV.
What songs feature in Rent?
The multi-award-winning musical Rent had a 12-year run on Broadway and over its time won an impressive four Tony Awards, six Drama Desk Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It features timeless musical theatre songs by Jonathan Larson including the beloved ‘Seasons of Love’, ‘La Vie Boheme’, ‘Take Me or Leave Me’, ‘One Song Glory’, and title song ‘Rent’.
Original Rent cast and creative team
Rent has a book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, who sadly died the night before the off-Broadway premiere.
The original Broadway cast featured Anthony Rapp as Mark Cohen, Adam Pascal as Roger Davis, Daphne Rubin-Vega as Mimi Marquez, Jesse L. Martin as Tom Collins, Wilson Jermaine Heredia as Angel Dumott Schunard, Idina Menzel as Maureen Johnson, Fredi Walker as Joanne Jefferson and Taye Diggs as Benjamin Coffin III.
The cast for the 2020 Manchester Hope Mill Theatre production has yet to be announced. Read here to see our #WestEndWishlist Dreamcast.
A new UK production of Rent to open in Hope Mill Theatre
Directed by Luke Sheppard will be a new production of Rent that will open in Manchester for a one-month run. It currently has no plans to transfer to the West End but with the excitement it already received, maybe it’s a possibility. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to be the first to hear when we get the awaited and hoped for announcement and to find out when London Rent musical tickets go on sale.
Andrew Perry31st December
Wonderfull energy from all the cast with great songs and story.
Nanny G 30th December
what a fantastic show and performance. Absolutely loved Angel ( Layton) and Maureen ( Lucie.) 2 stand ins on the night for Tom Collins and Mimi gave faultless performances and should be given a major part in all future shows they are go for. Well done to all of the cast throughly enjoyed the evening on 15th dec theatre is small but this makes you feel the the show is being played just to you If this show tours i will be definitely be going
Emma Ward19th December
I loved it! There had been some technical issues and last minute cast changes during the matinee. We watched the evening show and you would NEVER have known. It blew us away and I cried like a baby!
Mr Duncan Walker18th December
The show was amazing! A must see by anyone who loves musicals and top quality performances :)
Anna Dickenson17th December
Moved to tears. Phenomenal.
Michelle Manners17th December
Loved this show, was not sure about booking this up because we have seen the DVD so many times, we thought we would compare it to much. We are going to book to see it again, on the tour.
Charles Callahan10th December
Great theater, set, band and cast. Loved every minute of it!