Rent set for revival at Manchester's Hope Mill Theatre

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Rent is to be revived at Manchester's Hope Mill Theatre in July 2020.

A brand new production will be directed by Luke Sheppard who previously helmed Hope Mill's 2018 run of Spring Awakening.

Sheppard said: “The Hope Mill Theatre has emerged as a groundbreaking environment to experience theatre that is loud, proud and pushing at boundaries.

"After redefining musical theatre for a generation, Rent is the perfect match for this unique space and I can’t wait to get started on this new production, placing the audience up close and in the heart of this incredible story and score.”

Rent will run for a limited season between Friday 31st July to Sunday 30th August 2020 with the full creative team to be announced.

For more information and tickets, visit the official Hope Mill Theatre website here.

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.

Since its first premie Off-Broadway in 1996, the show has enjoyed countless productions across the world including four separate West End runs.

William Whelton, Executive Director of Hope Mill Theatre, said: “For many years we have longed to produce Rent at Hope Mill Theatre. Not only was it a genre-defining musical of its time but the themes and music continue to stay relevant and resonate with so many people.

"Being able to mount a whole new revival and having Luke Sheppard at the helm is truly exciting and I know along with the creative team we are assembling, that this is going to be a Rent not to be missed. As part of our commitment to finding new Northern talent, once again we will be holding open auditions in Manchester, led by Pearson Casting.”

To be involved in the show, you can email the open audition email at