Preview: RENT at Newcastle Jubilee Theatre
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Newcastle Jubilee Theatre
Wednesday 14th – Saturday 17th September 2016
This is very much a year of anniversaries. It is 20 years since the first performance of RENT and First Act Theatre have been the resident theatre company in the Jubilee Theatre for 25 years. Second Act Theatre was created to cater primarily for past members of First Act Theatre who still wanted to continue performing.
They had open auditions to find our cast for RENT and were so fortunate to find the cast we have for this production. They are from all over the North East and not only are they so talented and hard working, but they are the nicest group of people that the team have ever had the pleasure of working with.
Jonathan Larson fabulous musical RENT is loosely based on Puccini’s opera La Boheme.
After the musical’s final dress rehearsal for its off-Broadway opening, Jonathan Larson died from an undiagnosed aortic aneurysm. He did not live to see RENT’s success.
Larson’s inspiration for RENT’s content came from several different sources. Many of the characters and plot elements are drawn directly from La Boheme. The opera was also about the lives of poor young artists. Tuberculosis, the plague of Puccini’s opera is replaced by HIV/AIDS in RENT.
1800’s Paris is replaced by New York’s East Village in the late 1980’s or early 1990’s.
On The Web:
Rent is on from Wednesday 14th-Saturday 17th September 2016 and the show starts at 7pm. Tickets cost £8 & £10 and available online from http://www.secondacttheatre.com/rentticketstore
Venue: The Jubilee Theatre, St Nicholas' Hospital, Jubilee Road, NE3 3XT
Please note that this show contains adult themes and some strong language so is unsuitable for young children (13+ age recommendation)