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13-16 April 2022

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The Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames

Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme and set in the East Village of New York City, Jonathan Larson’s Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice, and living for today. It follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. 

The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom, and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this ground-breaking musical.

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.

This is theatre at its best, brought to you by the award winning Reading Operatic Society – exuberant, emotional, and joyous. 

Contact The Kenton Theatre box office here  or call 01491 525050

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We've celebrated the Queens of hit musical 'Six', Eased on Down the Road of 'The Wiz' and tonight, you're going to want to be in the room......where it happened. Delun Jones will be leading tonight's workshop from none other than HAMILTON ⭐️7:45 for 8pm start, Earley St Peter's Church Hall. £5 (£4 ROS members) ... See MoreSee Less
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Congratulations to our friends from The Sainsbury Singers on their fantastic opening of 'Chess' ♟Wishing the cast and crew all the best for the remainder of the run - limited tickets remain: whatsonreading.com/book/220203 ... See MoreSee Less
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Reading Operatic Society
📣Give us an A! 📣 Give us a G! 📣 Give us a M! 📣This cheerleader throwback to ‘Footloose’ from 2013 is really just a ploy to remind our members that tonight we have our AGM, 7:45pm at our rehearsal venue, Earley St Peter’s Church Hall. This event is a short but important meeting that sets the direction for the society; who’s volunteering to keep the society running, what show choices are made and how we can keep creating positive performance experiences for our members and audiences alike. Our Dance class will run immediately following this, where we’ll be learning a routine to ‘Ease on Down the Road’ from ‘The Wiz’ 💛 💚 🕺🏼 💃 See you there! 💃 🕺🏼 ... See MoreSee Less
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We’re winners, baby!Today we are delighted to share that our 2021 production of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ is…Award winning! The National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) have awarded us the following for our district (L13):🏆 The Molly Harle Award for Best Female in a Musical: Charley Woodward as Audrey II🏆 The Ken Wirdnam Award for Best Male in a Musical: Tom Marshall as Seymour🏆 The Joe Putnam Award for Best Musical We’re honoured to have received this recognition for a show that was so heavily impacted by the pandemic. Congratulations to all cast, crew and the production team for the incredible performances, and everyone behind the scenes who made it all possible under the circumstances! We look forward to seeing how we get on in the Regional award presentations in June! ... See MoreSee Less
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We’re winners, baby!Today we are delighted to share that our 2021 production of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ is…Award winning! The National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) have awarded us the following for our district (L13):🏆 The Molly Harle Award for Best Female in a Musical: Charley Woodward as Audrey II🏆 The Ken Wirdnam Award for Best Male in a Musical: Tom Marshall as Seymour🏆 The Joe Putnam Award for Best Musical We’re honoured to have received this recognition for a show that was so heavily impacted by the pandemic. Congratulations to all cast, crew and the production team for the incredible performances, and everyone behind the scenes who made it all possible under the circumstances! We look forward to seeing how we get on in the Regional award presentations in June! ... See MoreSee Less
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Local elections are taking place across Reading and Wokingham today, with all our usual dance-suitable venues being used as polling stations. Having spent the week trying to source an alternative location that meets our needs, we've had to take the decision to cancel tonight's session.There will be no Dance Workshop taking place tonight, 5th May.We will return to our usual venue, Early St Peter's Hall, on Thursday 12th May, where Nicky Jaggar will be ready to help you "Ease on Down the Road"... See you next week!www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGxBx8RzzrM ... See MoreSee Less
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