Rent at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre is streaming online – here’s all you need to know!
Following news of a new lockdown closing theatres, the brand new production will be filmed and made available to watch on a pay-per-view basis on selected dates.
The production was due to run between October 30 and December 6 but finished performances on November 4.
However the show will go on online, streaming between November 27 to December 20.
Each stream will begin at 7:30PM with tickets on sale now via the official Hope Mill Theatre website here.
The cast will feature Jocasta Almgill as Joanne, Blake Patrick Anderson as Mark, Tom Francis as Roger, Ahmed Hamad as Benny, Dom Hartley-Harris as Collins, Millie O’Connell as Maureen, Maiya Quansah-Breed as Mimi and Alex Thomas-Smith as Angel.
They’re joined by Kayla Carter, Allie Farrell-Daniel, Isaac Hesketh and Bethany Terry.
You can watch a first look trailer below…
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William Whelton, executive director of Hope Mill Theatre, said: “One of the hardest challenges we faced as a venue was producing Rent with the current restrictions on our seating capacity as a result of social distancing being in place.
“The option of operating at 50% capacity during the run was financially completely unviable and meant we stood to have a large financial deficit as an organisation, which at this time we are unable to allow.
“So being offered the opportunity from the rights holders to make up our lost capacity with the chance for audiences to view an online version of the show is incredible and has allowed us to move forward with staging such an ambitious production during this time.
“Although it will not be a live stream, we will be filming the show live in its entirety and then working alongside our video team and creatives to beautifully and intimately capture the real essence and heart of our production, so that audiences feel as though they are part of the action.
“This is a rare opportunity for us and we cannot wait to be able to share our unique and special production with more audiences.”
The creative team is helmed by Director Luke Sheppard with Choreographer Tom Jackson Greaves, Musical Supervisor Katy Richardson, Musical Director Chris Poon, Set & Costume Designer David Woodhead, LX Designer Howard Hudson, Sound Designer Paul Gatehouse, Projection Designer George Reeve, Assistant Director Priya Appleby, Costume Supervisor Ester Mangas, Production Photographer Dujonna Gift-Simms, Make Up and Wigs Designer Jackie Saundercock, and Casting by Pearson Casting.
Loosely based on Puccini’s opera La Bohème, rock musical Rent features music, lyrics, and book by Jonathan Larson and tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists living, loving and working in Manhattan’s East Village, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.