Hope Mill Theatre’s smash-hit, critically acclaimed production of the classic rock musical RENT is to return with live performances at the Manchester venue from August 6 to September 19, 2021.
As rehearsals start, six new members of cast have been revealed: Luke Bayer (Mark) was alternate Jamie New in ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ in the West End and starred as Robbie in ‘Soho Cinders’ at Charing Cross Theatre.
Michael Ahomka-Lindsay (Benny) is making his professional stage debut after graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he was a recipient of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Scholarship.
Iona Fraser played Deloris in ‘Sister Act the Musical’ at Shanklin Theatre.
Alison Driver, Joe Foster, Karl Lankester are recent graduates making their professional stage debuts.
They join 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 who are returning to the production.
RENT, directed by Luke Sheppard (‘& Juliet’), is a rock musical with music, lyrics, and book by Jonathan Larson, loosely based on Puccini’s opera ‘La Bohème’. It 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.