Wednesday, 15 June 2016

RENT breaks box office records at the St James Theatre

RENT has become the fastest selling show in the history of the St. James Theatre, having sold the most tickets not only in a 24-hour period after on-sale but also in the first week of an on-sale period. 

The 20th Anniversary production of Jonathan Larson’s musical also breaks the record for the most amount of money taken on the first day of sales, beating the theatre’s previous fastest selling show record-holders, Sideways and The Pianist of Willesden Lane.

Producer Robert Mackintosh says: "I am delighted that the reaction to the 20th Anniversary production of RENT, by way of ticket sales, has been so strong, especially for my first venture with co-producers Ingrid Sutej and Miguel Esteban.”

After opening at Theatr Clwyd for a limited season from 21st October to 12th November 2016, RENT will go on a three-week tour visiting Aberdeen, Malvern and High Wycombe.

The musical will then open at the St James Theatre in London on 13th December 2016 (previews from 8th December) for a Christmas season to 28th January 2017. Additional tour dates for 2017 are to be announced. The new production will be directed by Bruce Guthrie

The cast includes Ross Hunter as Roger Davis, Billy Cullum as Mark Cohen, Ryan O’Gorman as Tom Collins, Shanay Holmes as Joanne Jefferson, Layton Williams as Angel Schunard, Philippa Stefani as Mimi Marquez and Lucie Jones as Maureen Johnson. 

The cast will also include Kevin Yates, Jordan Laviniere, Christina Modestou, Bobbie Little, Jenny O’Leary and Katie Bradley. Casting for the role of Benjamin Coffin III will be announced shortly.

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