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.
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UK Rent revival by & Juliet director Luke Sheppard #WestEndWishlist
For any musicals fan, it’s highly likely that you’re a fan of the iconic musical Rent and so naturally a revival has been desperately awaited! After 525,600 minutes and then some, the news broke yesterday that a brand-new production from the Hope Mill Theatre will take place this summer for a strictly limited one-month run! Rent will be directed by Luke Sheppard who directed Spring Awakening at the Manchester theatre back in 2018. Sheppard’s most recent credits feature & Juliet which premiered at Manchester’s Opera House before transferring to the West End’s Shaftesbury Theatre.
The combination of beloved hit musical Rent and the wonderful direction of Luke Sheppard has certainly spiked the excitement for this new production! Here’s hoping that the musical follows suit of many that begin in Manchester and then transfer to London for a West End production. With summer and the Hope Mill Theatre production feeling far away, we won’t wait with bated breath just yet for a West End transfer, but we will be dreaming. Read below to see why we want Rent in London…
5 Feb, 2020 | By Jade Ali
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Full Cast Announced for RENT at The Other Palace (formerly St. James Theatre)
Bruce Guthrie’s production of Jonathan Larson's heart rending multiple award winning rock musical RENT is set to run at The Other Palace (formerly the St. James Theatre) over Christmas, 8 December 2016 - 28 January 2017. After its limited run in London the show will continue to tour through the UK until closing in Kent at the end of May 2017.
18 Nov, 2016 | By Sarah Gengenbach