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First look: Rent at the Hope Mill Theatre

While the live show will be finishing performances tonight, there will be live stream options available exclusively for UK audiences

Blake Patrick Anderson
© Pamela Raith

First look images have been released for Hope Mill Theatre's ongoing revival of Rent.

Allie Daniel, Isaac Hesketh, Bethany Terry, Kayla Carter
© Pamela Raith

The new revival of the cult classic is set to close after its opening night tonight, but will be streamed online later this month for remote audiences.

Jocasta Almgill
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Appearing in the show are Jocasta Almgill (& Juliet) as Joanne, Blake Patrick Anderson (Be More Chill) as Mark, Tom Francis (Arts Ed 2020 graduate) as Roger, Ahmed Hamad (The Boy in the Dress) as Benny, Dom Hartley-Harris (Hamilton) as Collins, Millie O'Connell (SIX) as Maureen, Maiya Quansah-Breed (SIX) as Mimi and Alex Thomas-Smith (Dear Evan Hansen) as Angel.

Bethany Terry
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Alex Thomas-Smith
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Completing the cast are Kayla Carter (2020 Royal Academy of Music Masters graduate), Allie Daniel (Everybody's Talking About Jamie film), Isaac Hesketh (The Book of Mormon) and Bethany Terry (West Side Story).

The company
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Alex Thomas-Smith
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The piece is directed by Luke Sheppard (& Juliet) with choreography by Tom Jackson Greaves, with musical direction by Katy Richardson, set and costume design by David Woodhead, LX design by Howard Hudson, projection design by George Reeve, sound design by Paul Gatehouse and casting by Pearson Casting. Artwork is by Feast Creative and video content by The Umbrella Rooms.

The company
© Pamela Raith

The Umbrella Rooms will be capturing the show, which will then be available for a limited number of audience members who purchase tickets for allocated dates.

The company
© Pamela Raith

The show will be presented online on 27, 28 and 29 November, 4, 5 and 6, 11, 12 and 13, 18, 19 and 20 December, with performances beginning at 7.30pm BST.

Dom Hartley Harris and Alex Thomas-Smith
© Pamela Raith

Based on Puccini's La Bohème, Rent follows a group of impoverished young artists who live in New York under the shadow of HIV/AIDs. After premiering in 1996, the show first ran in the UK in 1998, with a film released in 2005. It has music, lyrics, and book by Jonathan Larson, with numbers including "La Vie Boheme", "Without You" and "Seasons of Love".

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Blake Patrick Anderson and Jocasta Almgill
© Pamela Raith
Jocasta Almgill and Millie O'Connell
© Pamela Raith
Jocasta Almgill, Millie O'Connell and Blake Patrick Anderson
© Pamela Raith
Maiya Quansah-Breed and Tom Francis
© Pamela Raith
Kayla Carter
© Pamela Raith
Maiya Quansah-Breed
© Pamela Raith
Millie O'Connell
© Pamela Raith
Tom Francis and Blake Patrick Anderson
© Pamela Raith
The company
© Pamela Raith
Maiya Quansah-Breed and Tom Francis
© Pamela Raith
Isaac Hesketh, Bethany Terry and Tom Francis
© Pamela Raith
Tom Francis
© Pamela Raith
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