Denise Van Outen will play the role of Maureen in a new version of RENT by Jonathan Larson, opening at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London, in October 2007.
Denise Van Outen became a household name presenting Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast with Johnny Vaughn in the late 1990’s. She is know known to millions for her theatre and TV roles, appearing as Roxie Hart in both the West End and Broadway productions of Chicago, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tell Me On A Sunday and as a guest presenter on ITV’s This Morning. She was also a panelist for the BBC’s prime time Saturday night programme, Any Dream Will Do.
Directed by William Baker, this new contemporary version of RENT has been reworked and re-orchestrated by William Baker and Steve Anderson, the celebrated creative team behind Kylie Minogue.
Based on Puccini’s La Boheme, RENT first opened at New York Theatre Workshop. It was hailed by the New York Times as the return of the musical that dared to take the culture's temperature and catch its tempo.
This production is designed by Mark Bailey, with music supervision by Steve Anderson, lighting by David Howe and sound by Sebastian Frost. The full cast includes; Siobhan Donaghy as Mimi, Luke Evans as Roger, Oliver Thornton as Mark, Leon Lopez as Collins, Jay Webb as Angel, Francesca Jackson as Joanne and Craig Stein as Benny with Ruth Augilera, Jamie Sampson, Antony Luperi, Earl Perkins, Lewis Griffiths, and Philippa Stefani.