Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme and set in the East Village of New York City, Jonathan Larson’s RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice, and living for today.
It follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.
The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom, and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble.
Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general.
How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provide the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.
Age guidance: RENT contains strong language and themes of an adult nature. Parental guidance is advised.
Running time: TBC (including a 20-minute interval)
All tickets prices include a £1 theatre restoration levy. Concessions are for Senior Citizen, Student, Kenton Volunteers, Children Under 18, Equity Members, Key Workers and Keepers/Friends
Book, Music and Lyrics – Jonathan Larson
Musical Arrangements – Steve Skinner
Original Concept/Additional Lyrics – Billy Aronson
Music Supervision & Additional Arrangements – Tim Weil
Dramaturg – Lynn Thomson
RENT was originally produced in New York by New York Theatre Workshop and on Broadway by Jeffery Seller, Kevin McCollum, Allan S. Gordon And New York Theatre workshop.
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre Internation (Europe). All Authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe.