A new production of Jonathan Larson’s award-winning musical Rent will be staged to celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary it has been confirmed.

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This new production, presented by Robert Mackintosh and Idili Theatricals Limited, in association with Theatr Clwyd and Wales Millennium Centre, will embark on a three week tour prior to a Christmas season at St James Theatre in London from the 8th December 2016 to the 28th January 2017.

As well as being directed by Bruce Guthrie, the production will feature in its cast: Ross Hunter, Billy Cullum, Ryan O’Gorman , Shanay Holmes, Layton Williams , Philippa Stefani  and Lucie Jones.The cast will also include Kevin Yates, Jordan Laviniere, Christina Modestou, Bobbie Little, Jenny O’Leary and Katie Bradley. Casting for the role of Benjamin Coffin III will be announced shortly.

Inspired by Puccini’s opera La Bohème, Rent has won four Tony Awards, six Drama Desk Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1996. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City’s East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian excess.

The much loved and familiar score includes songs such as: Seasons of LoveTake Me or Leave Me, One Song GloryLa Vie BohèmeWithout YouI’ll Cover YouOut Tonight and  I Should Tell You. 

Talking about bringing the musical back to the London stage to celebrate its 20th anniversary, director Brice Guthrie said: ““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 Off Broadway in 1996, while introducing it to a new generation of musical theatre fans.”

This new production of the musical will include:choreography by Lee Proud, set design by Olivier Award-winner Anna Fleischle and costume Design by Loren Elstein, with lighting design by Olivier and Tony Award-winner Rick Fisher, sound design by Olivier Award-winner Mike Walker, video design by Andrzej Goulding and musical direction by Phil Cornwell.

Rent will appear at the St James Theatre from the 8th December until the 28th January 2017. To book tickets visit: Discount Theatre.com, Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk, Theatre People.com and UK Tickets.co.uk

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