13-16 April 2022
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.
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