In a post on social media, the venue's founder William Whelton announced that the piece will cease live performances from 4 November (in line with government advice) and that all ticket holders will be contacted regarding their booking.
However, the theatre has also confirmed that it will go ahead with a digital stream of the show, which will be pre-recorded at the Manchester venue and made available online – though tickets are strictly limited, so early booking is advised (there's a joke there about "no day but today…")
Performances up to and including 3 November will still be going ahead.
Appearing in the show are Jocasta Almgill as Joanne, Blake Patrick Anderson as Mark, Tom Francis as Roger, Ahmed Hamad as Benny, Dom Hartley-Harris as Collins, Millie O'Connell as Maureen, Maiya Quansah-Breed as Mimi and Alex Thomas-Smith as Angel. Completing the cast are Kayla Carter, Allie Daniel, Isaac Hesketh and Bethany Terry.
— William Whelton- THEATRE PRODUCER (@WilliamWhelton) November 1, 2020
Tickets for the online viewing can be purchased via the Hope Mill Theatre's website.
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".