First Look: The Cast of Rent at Frogmore Papermill

The Cast of Rent at Frogmore Papermill c Jamie Scott
The Cast of Rent at Frogmore Papermill c Jamie Scott

Promotional Photos have been released for Vivo D’Arte’s immersive promenade production of Jonathan Larson’s cult classic musical, Rent, which will be staged at the world’s oldest working paper mill, opening on the 10th of July.

Connor Dyer (Parade, Frogmore Papermill) will play the role of filmmaker Mark Cohen, with Aran Macrae (Bat Out of Hell, London Coliseum) as struggling musician Roger Davis. Lizzie Emery will make her professional debut as Mimi Marquez alongside Casey Bird who will also make her professional debut as Maureen Johnson. Natalie Winsor (Dirty Dancing, UK Tour) will play public-interest lawyer Joanne Jefferson with Benjamin Froehlich as computer genius Tom Collins and Andrew Rawlinson-Heath as Angel Dumott Schunard. Dom Curtis will also be making his professional debut as Benjamin Coffin III.

Directed and produced by Dan Cowtan, Rent will be staged at the Frogmore Papermill in Apsley, Hertfordshire from the 10th – 21st July. Rent will be a return to the mill for Vivo D’Arte after the companies five-star production of Jason Robert Brown’s ‘Parade’.

Director and producer, Dan Cowtan explains: ‘One of the great things about directing a production at the Frogmore Paper Mill is that, when the material is deeply explored and respected, the historic mill becomes an extension of the piece. With Rent, this benefit became more important than ever before. Although set nearly thirty years ago, the social and political themes Rent represented are still unfortunately as relevant today as they were when it was initially staged at the New York Theatre Workshop in 1996.’

The production, will also be musically directed by Erika Gundesen (PARADE, London Theatre Workshop) and choreographed by Andrea Campusano (Parade, Frogmore Paper Mill).

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