Hope Mill Theatre announces rescheduled dates for ‘RENT’

Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester has announced rescheduled dates for its anticipated new revival of Jonathan Larson‘s multi-award-winning musical, RENT, which had to be postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Directed by Luke Sheppard, RENT will now open on Friday 30th October 2020 and run until Sunday 13th December 2020, with casting still to be announced.

Loosely based on Puccini’s opera La Bohème, the musicals tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists living, loving and working in Manhattan’s East Village, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

RENT’s creative team will also include: Choreographer Tom Jackson Greaves, Musical Director Katy Richardson, Set & Costume Designer David Woodhead, LX Designer Howard Hudson, and Sound Designer Paul Gatehouse. Casting is by Pearson Casting.

All audience members who have already booked for the run of RENT have been contacted about exchanging tickets and refunds.

Hope Mill Theatre has also announced that it will only open if it is safe to do so and will comply with any government regulations given to venues. The venue will continue to review the situation as it develops.

William Whelton, Executive Director of Hope Mill Theatre, said:

“These are extremely difficult and unsettling times for our industry and there is still a lot more clarity needed for venues.

It is still unknown whether or not we will be able to open later this year, but we are staying hopeful and positive that we will be able to. As such, we must continue to look ahead and make plans. If we can reopen, it is vital that we have content to present – and I know this will be an incredible production.

We will be making sure our audiences, staff, cast and production team feel safe and confident to be able to attend and work in the venue and we are planning at the moment for every eventuality, including the continuation of social distancing and making sure that all necessary risk assessments have been carried out.

If we feel at any point that it is not safe or economic to reopen then we will review this decision. It would also be irresponsible for us to not anticipate a further postponement of this production in the current climate.”

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