Casting has been confirmed for the return of Rent at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre.
The brand new revival was originally planned for 2020 and was eventually streamed online during lockdown due to the pandemic.
Earlier this year the venue announced a new limited in-person engagement with performances scheduled for 6 August to 19 September.
The show will see returning cast members from the online stream Tom Francis (Roger), Jocasta Almgill (Joanne), Dom Hartley-Harris (Collins), Millie O’Connell (Maureen), Maiya Quansah-Breed (Mimi), Alex Thomas-Smith (Angel) and Isaac Hesketh.
They will be joined for the new in-person run by Luke Bayer (Mark) and Michael Ahomka-Lindsay (Benny) together with Iona Fraser, Alison Driver, Joe Foster and Karl Lankester.
Luke Sheppard is back to direct with choreographer Tom Jackson Greaves, musical supervisor Katy Richardson, musical director Chris Poon, set and costume designer David Woodhead, lighting designer Howard Hudson and sound designer Paul Gatehouse.
They’re joined by production designer George Reeve, assistant director Priya Appleby, costume supervisor Ester Mangas, production photographer Dujonna Gift-Simms and make up and wig designer Jackie Saundercock.
For more information and tickets, visit the official Hope Mill Theatre website here.
Hope Mill Theatre’s executive director William Whelton commented: “It was so heart-breaking to have to close our 2020 production of Rent after only five shows, due to entering another lockdown. We were so thrilled that we managed to capture the show and share it with audiences online.
“The reaction to the show both critically and with audiences alike was truly overwhelming. However, we built this show to be experienced live and there is still a lot of unfinished business with this special show. It is with much excitement that we are bringing back Rent to Hope Mill Theatre for another run, and once again share this truly electric, heart-warming and unique version in person with our audiences.”
Picture: Dujonna Gift-Simms