Jonathan Larson's much-lauded Broadway musical Rent could be about to have another stab at emulating its New York success in London. Inspired by Puccini's La Bohême, the musical updates the plot to 1990s New York where a community of East End squatters battle to fulfil their aspirations against the reality of rent demands and Aids. While a hit on Broadway, where it's still running, the Pulitzer Prize winner failed to win over London critics when it opened with great fanfare at the Shaftesbury Theatre in May 1998. It closed prematurely in September 1999. However, it has attracted a wider UK audience on an extended regional tour which started in February 2001. Now it looks like it may return to the West End for a limited season this winter. It may move into the Prince of Wales Theatre, providing a useful musical filler between The Witches of Eastwick, closing at the end of this month, and fellow Broadway transfer The Full Monty, which doesn't open until March 2002.