Meet David Hinton
-Gale as Benny, Mikel Sylvanus
as Tom Collins and Jamie Birkett as Joanne Jefferson from the cast of the new London production of the multiple award-winning musical RENT in the photos below! And check back soon for more images before the show's opening on Friday, 7 September 2012 at Greenwich Theatre.
The cast also features Zoe Birkett, who shot to fame in 2002 as a finalist on the first series of Pop Idol, won by Will Young, and has gone on to appear in the West End in Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical, Thriller Live, What A Feeling, Respect La Diva and Hair, as Maureen Johnson, and Steph Fearon, who reached the semi-finals of the BBC1’s Over The Rainbow competition for the West End role of Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz, as Mimi Marquez.
Rent, with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson and directed by Paul Taylor-Mills, will run at Greenwich Theatre, beginning previews on Wednesday 5th September, and ending Sunday 16th September. Press night is Friday 7th September at 7.30pm.
Rent is based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La bohème and tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.
The original production of Rent opened at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre on April 29, 1996 following a history making, sold out, extended limited engagement at off-Broadway’s New York Theatre Workshop. The musical went on to win every major best musical award, including the Tony Award, New York Drama Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, and the Outer Critics Circle Award. Additionally, Rent is one of only eight musicals to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama. In all Rent won four Tony Awards, six Drama Desk Awards, two Theatre World Awards, and Obie Awards for its creator, director, and entire cast. The show's creator, Jonathan Larson, died suddenly the night before the off-Broadway premiere. The original production closed on September 7, 2008, after playing 5,124 performances and 16 previews. Rent is the ninth longest running show in Broadway history.
Director Paul Taylor-Mills’ credits include Little Shop of Horrors (White Bear) nominated for four Off West End Awards, including Best Director; A Clockwork Orange and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Lost Theatre); the European premiere of My Big Gay Italian Wedding (two sold-out seasons Above The Stag and C Venues, Edinburgh); and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Union), Off West End nomination for Best Director.
This production is presented by special arrangement with Joseph Weinberger and in association with Greenwich Theatre.
The show also features Associate Director Stephen Whitson, choreographer Richard Jones, musical directors Huw Evans and Tom Turner and designs by David Shields. It is produced by Lillie Collier and Kylie Vilcins.
For more information, visit www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk
Photo credit: Claire Bilyard
David Hinton-Gale as as Benny
Mikel Sylvanus as Tom Collins
Jamie Birkett as Joanne Jefferson