Jonathan Larson’s multi award-winning musical, RENT, will open at St. James Theatre, London in December 2016, following a national tour.
Described as an “exhilarating, landmark rock opera”, RENT is inspired by Puccini’s La Bohème, depicting the lives, loves and losses of a group of bohemian artists living in New York during the height of the AIDS epidemic. The show opened in 1996 and ran for 12 years on Broadway, where it won four Tony Awards, six Drama Desk Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The West End production opened in 1998 at the Shaftesbury theatre and ran for 18 months. The new production, celebrating the hit show’s 20th anniversary, will be directed by Bruce Guthrie and features a cast of West End regulars including Ross Hunter, Billy Cullum, Layton Williams and Philippa Stefani. The production also boasts a host of award-winning creatives, including Olivier Award winners Anna Fleischle, Rick Fisher and Mike Walker.
Guthrie commented “I am delighted to be working with a truly world-class creative team on this new production of Jonathan Larson’s classic musical. Our aim is to serve the fans of the show who have loved it so passionately since its ground-breaking premiere”.
RENT runs at the St. James Theatre from 8 December 2016 to 28 January 2017. Tickets go on sale on 8 June. Sideways by Rex Pickett is currently playing at the theatre, for which you can book tickets here.