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Rent at the Hope Mill Theatre: first look photos from rehearsals

Check out the cast in action!

Ahmed Hamad (Benny)
© Dujonna Gift-Simms

Rehearsal images have been released for the upcoming Hope Mill production of Rent.

Alex Thomas-Smith (Angel)
© Dujonna Gift-Simms

The new revival of the cult classic is set to open at the end of this month, with the cast currently rehearsing in a bubble.

Maiya Quansah-Breed (Mimi)
© Dujonna Gift-Simms

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.

Isaac Hesketh (Ensemble)
© Dujonna Gift-Simms

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).

Luke Sheppard (director)
© Dujonna Gift-Simms

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.

Dom Hartley-Harris (Collins) and Bethany Terry (Ensemble)
© Dujonna Gift-Simms

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. Audiences can register via the Hope Mill for priority booking.

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. Tickets go on sale on 9 October.

Jocasta Almgill (Joanne)
© Dujonna Gift-Simms
Tom Francis (Roger) and Blake Patrick Anderson (Mark)
© Dujonna Gift-Simms

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 first 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".

Kayla Carter (Ensemble)
© Dujonna Gift-Simms
Millie O'Connell (Maureen)
© Dujonna Gift-Simms
Allie Daniel (Ensemble)
© Dujonna Gift-Simms
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