Rent

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Jonathan Larson’s legendary musical Rent celebrates its 20th anniversary with a brand new production, set to embark on a national tour that lands at London’s St James Theatre in December. Inspired by Puccini’s La Boheme, Rent is the multi-award winning rock musical that received four Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama on its opening in 1996.

Rent follows the lives, loves and losses of a group of bohemian artists living in downtown New York during the height of the AIDS epidemic. With heart-wrenching storylines and an unforgettable score by Larson, Rent features well-known songs such as “One Song Glory”, “Out Tonight”, “Will I?”, “I’ll Cover You” and “Seasons of Love”, amongst many others. In 2005, Rent was adapted into a phenomenally successful film, starring Idina Menzel, Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal and Rosario Dawson.

Directed by Bruce Guthrie (Bakersfield Mist), Rent stars Ross Hunter (We Will Rock You, Rock of Ages) as Roger Davis, Billy Cullum (Matilda) as Mark Cohen, Philippa Stephani (In the Heights) as Mimi Marquez and Lucie Jones (Legally Blonde) as Maureen Johnson. Further cast includes Ryan O’Gorman (Les Miserables, Billy Elliot) as Tom Collins, Shanay Holmes (The Bodyguard) as Joanne Jefferson and Layton Williams (Hairspray, Bad Education) as Angel Schunard. Additional cast members are Katie Bradley, Jordan Laviniere, Bobbie Little, Christina Modestou, Jenny O’Leary and Kevin Yates.

Originally opening in 1996, Rent ran for 12 years on Broadway, opening at the West End’s Shaftesbury Theatre in 1998 for an 18 month run. Now, one of musical theatre’s most famous musicals returns for a limited time to London, featuring design by Olivier Award-winning Anna Fleischle and choreography from Lee Proud. Opening at St James Theatre on December 8th until January 29th 2017, don’t miss out on this musical’s ground-breaking return!

Child Friendly?

Rent is not at all suitable for children, due to strong adult themes of sex, violence and drugs.

Seating Tips

Click here for the St James Theatre seating chart and seat price guide.