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Rent – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jonathan Larson Director: Bruce Guthrie Reviewer: James Garrington Since it first saw the light of day in 1996, Rent has become something of a cult show. It was inspired by Puccini’s La Boheme and is set in and around the bohemian East Village in New York where an assorted group of people is struggling to get on with ...

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Rent – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer: Jonathan Larson Director: Bruce Guthrie Reviewer: Chris Williams In 2016, Rent - the Pulitzer Prize winning rock musical - celebrated its 20th anniversary. This new production embarked on a UK tour in celebration, stopping in Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre. Based loosely on Puccini’s opera La Boheme - with our poets and painters modernised as a filmmaker or performance artist - Rent’s ...

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RENT – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Jonathan Larson Director: Bruce Guthrie Reviewer: John Roberts In 1993, New York’s Musical Theatre Workshop put on a reading of a new musical by the relatively unknown composer Jonathan Larson, several workshop productions later the show was set to open with a full production on the 100th Anniversary of Puccini’s La Boheme - the very opera that Larson had ...

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RENT – Paul McCartney Auditorium, Liverpool

Book / Music / Lyrics: Jonathan Larson Director: Jake Norton Reviewer: John Roberts   It’s hard not to applaud the ambitious young producers Claire Eggison, Daniel Jackson, Liam McMullan, and Fay Parkinson who make up new company Peak Productions. The company has been formed by music, theatre and entertainment management students while still studying at the Liverpool Institute for Performing ...

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tick, tick … BOOM! – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Rhys Owen, Joshue Dowen and Jessica Singer in tick tick BOOM

Book, Lyrics and Music: Jonathan Larson Director: Adam Lacey Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   Jonathan Larson is best known for Rent, his musical based on La Bohème and relocated to New York City. But before he hit the big time, he spent years waiting tables, writing in the evenings and weekends, living in unheated apartments waiting for the big break. Tragically, ...

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Rent: Church Hill Theatre – Edinburgh

Writer: Jonathan Larson Music: Jonathan Larson Lyrics: Jonathan Larson Director: Elske Waite Reviewer: Callum Walker Just less than 20 years after the opening of Jonathan Larson’s New York rock musical on Broadway, the story and music of Rentcontinue to inspire hope and celebration to audiences and “amplify the voices of a generation”. The Edinburgh University Footlights production successfully interprets Larson’s ...

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RENT – Lancaster Grand Theatre, Lancaster

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jonathan Larson Director: Glen Hanmer and Bryan Wood Reviewer: Paul Jones Based on Puccini’s La Boheme, Rent is a rock opera about artists, activists, aids sufferers and addicts in 90’s New York. Struggling to make ends-meat and find their identities, they battle against corporations, against illness, against addiction and at times against themselves. Rent is a ...

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Rent – The Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jonathan Larson Director: Karl Steele Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The Old Joint Stock Musical Theatre Company is an amateur company formed in 2011 and based in the intimate fringe theatre at Birmingham’s grand Old Joint Stock pub and theatre. Over the last couple of years they have produced a number of concerts of songs from the shows; ...

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