Rent at The Other Palace tickets
Rent at The Other Palace tickets

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Overview

To commemorate 20 years since the original Broadway production, Rent returned to London’s West End in winter 2016 for a Christmas run at the St James Theatre, which was well suited to the plot's seasonal, yet not traditionally very festive, opening.

Rent is the ground-breaking 1996 rock musical by Jonathan Larson, which is a loose adaptation of the 19th century opera La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini. Set in New York’s East Village, the plot follows a group of young and poor artists, attempting to survive and create art during the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City.

With the shadow of the HIV and AIDs crisis hanging over them, their poverty and their lifestyle fuel both their art and lifestyle. With the network of friends, lovers and artistic collaborators, supporting each other through life and in the shadow of possible impending death.

Creator Jonathan Larson, famously died abruptly before the opening night, without seeing any of the success of the initial off-Broadway production, which won the Pulitzer Prize for drama, before being transferred to a larger Broadway venue where it won four Tony awards.

Following a London West End transfer in 1999 and a huge range of tours, Rent was also made into a film in 2005, with the majority of the original cast reprising their roles, including Rosario Dawson and Idina Mendez.

This new 20th anniversary production was directed by Director of The National Youth Theatre of Wales, Bruce Gurthrie, known for his work on acclaimed production such as The Man on Her Mind, Man to Man and The Merchant of Venice.

The cast was packed with West End stars such as Ross Hunter (We Will Rock You, Legally Blond, Rock of Ages, The Book of Mormon) as Roger, Billy Cullum (Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as Mark, Ryan O’Gorman (Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Billy Elliot) as Tom, Shanay Holmes (Thriller, The Bodyguard, Close To You) as Joanne, Layton Williams (Billy Elliot, Thriller, Lord of the Flies) as Angel, Philippa Stefanie (In The Heights, I Can’t Sing, Ghost the Musical) as Mimi and Lucie Jones (X Factor Finalist, Legally Blone, Ghost the Musical) as Maureen.

With a cast of brilliant up and coming West End actors, a strong creative team and one of the most groundbreaking musicals of the 90s, this production wonderfully celebrated Rent’s 20th anniversary in true style during winter 2016. Performances began on the 8th December 2016 at the St James Theatre and ran until 28th January 2017.

Recommended for

Any fans of the original musical or film should not miss the chance to celebrate Rent’s 20th anniversary in London’s West End. With a brilliant cast of up and coming West End starts, it is certain to be a performance to rival the 1996 original.

For those who have never seen it before, the cutting insight into the dark and impoverished world of the HIV and AIDs crisis, juxtaposed against the brilliance, resilience and creativity of the New York arts scene is definitely not to be missed by those who enjoy politically driven theatre. With a basis in sex, drugs and violence, this will be a production not suited to young children however.

Age Recommendations: Not recommended for young children

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours and 40 minutes including interval
Opened: 08 Dec 2016
Press night: 13 Dec 2016
Booking from: 24 Dec 2016
Booking until: 24 Dec 2016

Location and map

The Other Palace
12 Palace Street
London, SW1E 5JA

69 Reviews Add review

I've seen some brilliant musicals in my time but this was my first trip to Rent and I cannot even begin to describe the show in wo... More

zh14 1.7m, 60 reviews, 21 helpful votes

I've seen some brilliant musicals in my time but this was my first trip to Rent and I cannot even begin to describe the show in words. It is one of the best directed shows I've seen, matched by the extraordinary talent (special mention from me has to go to Philippa Stefani who plays Mimi - this woman is a chameleon of an actress (I've previously seen her in In The Heights) - and Billy Cullum who plays Mark (who I've never seen on stage before but just wow - what a voice and impressive stage presence)). There's a reason why the show is sold out and if you can catch it when its on tour, then definitely do!

zh14 1.7m, 60 reviews, 21 helpful votes

I'd been wanting to see this on stage for YEARS - I loved the film, knew a lot of the songs (recognised a few from Glee!) and was ... More

jamesatwill 178, 99 reviews, 5 helpful votes

I'd been wanting to see this on stage for YEARS - I loved the film, knew a lot of the songs (recognised a few from Glee!) and was familiar with its cult status. The show was everything I wanted it to be and more - the cast were outstanding, special mention goes to the guy playing Angel - he was absolutely amazing. The chemistry and emotion was so strong - I did some pretty epic ugly crying (I dread to think what the cast thought of me - the 18.5 stone bearded bloke in the middle of the front row sobbing). Might try and catch it again later in the tour!

jamesatwill 178, 99 reviews, 5 helpful votes

I have waited so long to see this show and it was everything I had hoped it would be and more. A simple set which allowed the acto... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 4 helpful votes

I have waited so long to see this show and it was everything I had hoped it would be and more. A simple set which allowed the actors to come in and out via ladders and stairs based around one central apartment room worked perfectly and with outstanding performances by each and everyone of the cast I laughed I cried and enjoyed every minute! Fun, quirky, heartbreaking and hilarious, every emotion wound into one show.

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Great revival of the show to celebrate 20 years since it's original opening on Broadway. The production is top-notch with lots of ... More

SteveDoggett 181cm, 27 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Great revival of the show to celebrate 20 years since it's original opening on Broadway. The production is top-notch with lots of nods back to the original staging. On the night I saw it, there were some understudies, the understudy for Roger was terrible (easily the worst I've ever seen), but the rest of the cast were really good. I want to go see it again during it's UK tour to see the full cast.

SteveDoggett 181cm, 27 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Incredible cast, incredible set, incredible audience! The set was so beautiful and detailed, despite not quite being able to see a... More

ZoeRog 168cm, 17 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Incredible cast, incredible set, incredible audience! The set was so beautiful and detailed, despite not quite being able to see all of it. Every single member of the cast was phenomenal down to each ensemble member. An incredibly moving show with many laughs and many tears. Exceptional.

ZoeRog 168cm, 17 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Unfortunately, the show had to stop at this performance due to technical problems but I saw the full show at York Theatre Royal in... More

RichardBayton 6"2, 106 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Unfortunately, the show had to stop at this performance due to technical problems but I saw the full show at York Theatre Royal in April and it was phenomenal! The theatre was packed out and the cast were incredible - easily one of the best pieces of live theatre I've ever seen!!

RichardBayton 6"2, 106 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Gritty and raw this emotional rock musical is about the survival of a group of artist living in New York. The cast are brilliant. ... More

freddie12 5" 10, 49 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Gritty and raw this emotional rock musical is about the survival of a group of artist living in New York. The cast are brilliant. The music is excellent and the story is devastating but heartwarming.

freddie12 5" 10, 49 reviews, 2 helpful votes

An incredibly moving show performed by a brilliantly talented cast. The entire auditorium gave a well earned standing ovation and ... More

pkemp1992 5'10", 8 reviews, 0 helpful votes

An incredibly moving show performed by a brilliantly talented cast. The entire auditorium gave a well earned standing ovation and it's a must see... If you can get tickets!

pkemp1992 5'10", 8 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Rent was so strikingly good that I came home and immediately booked another ticket. That's really all you need to know. Layton Wil... More

dreamalongjoy 5"7, 37 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Rent was so strikingly good that I came home and immediately booked another ticket. That's really all you need to know. Layton Williams and Shanay Holmes give standout performances, but the whole cast is stellar. One of my new favourite productions, managing to breathe something new and fresh into a musical that has been done time and time again.

dreamalongjoy 5"7, 37 reviews, 1 helpful vote