Rent Returning to London this Christmas Following UK Tour
Amongst the news of brand new shows opening in the capital, like Aladdin The Musical and Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, comes the announcement of a 20th Anniversary production of the Broadway musical Rent. The show has been announced for a UK tour that begins in October, whilst London theatregoers will also get a chance to see the production when it plays at the St James Theatre from December.
Rent follows the story of Bohemian artists who live in New York and face many difficulties because of their lifestyles and relationships. It was penned by Jonathan Larson, whose work was celebrated at the Lyric Theatre earlier this year in a one-off shows called Seasons of Larson. The celebrated composer died shortly before it originally opened in the United States back in 1996, though he is still an important figure in the musical theatre world, having also created the show tick, tick... BOOM!
Rent would win numerous awards on its release back then, from a Pulitzer Prize for Drama to numerous Tony Awards, ensuring a lasting legacy that has led to this 20th Anniversary production.
Bruce Guthrie directs this production, which opens at the Theatr Clwyd in October, tours further until December for its London run and then heads on tour again in 2017.
He commented on his latest production when he said “We want to capture the essence of bohemian New York City at the height of the AIDS epidemic. It's a place of grime and excitement, where voices are fighting to be heard and the inhabitants are fighting to connect with one another, as well as fighting for their lives.
“The musical is a celebration of life and living in the moment. It's blood and bone, sweat and tears, laughter and joy, despair, hate and love, all in this one remarkable year shared by a group of friends. It is a privilege to be working on one of the great ‘moment’ musicals and to celebrate 20 years of RENT.”
One of the cast members will be Ross Hunter, someone who is no stranger to the musical theatre world of London, having previously appeared in shows like We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre, Legally Blonde The Musical at the Savoy Theatre, Rock of Ages at the Shaftesbury Theatre, The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre and Chess In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, amongst others.
Other performers in the show include Billy Cullum, Ryan O’Gorman, Shanay Holmes, Layton Williams, Philippa Stefani and Lucie Jones.