Rent 20th Anniversary Production


NEW 20th Anniversary PRODUCTION of

Jonathan Larson’s

Pulitzer Prize- & Tony Award-Winning Musical


 Previews in London at St James Theatre from

Thursday 8th December

The 20th Anniversary tour opened at Theatr Clwyd for a limited season from 22 October 2016, followed by a three-week tour, prior to the Christmas Season at St. James Theatre, London from 8 December 2016 to 28 January 2017. The tour will then continue after London, from 31 January to 27 May 2017.

Completing the cast are Javar La’trial Parker (Showboat at the New London Theatre) as Benjamin Coffin III and Joshua Dever, who will be joining the previously announced 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, with Harrison Clark, Kevin Yates, Jordan Laviniere, Christina Modestou, Bobbie Little, Jenny O’Leary and Katie Bradley.


Jonathan Larson’s musical, inspired by Puccini’s opera La Bohème, won four Tony Awards, six Drama Desk Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1996.  Ben Brantley’s New York Times review was a love letter to the show, calling RENT an “exhilarating, landmark rock opera”.  RENT ran on Broadway for 12 years, from 1996 to 2008.  The show premiered in London’s West End in 1998 at the Shaftesbury Theatre, where it ran for 18 months.  It was adapted into a film in 2005.

Larson’s world is inhabited by a group of bohemian artists who struggle to maintain their friendships and their non-conformist ideals in New York’s East Village.  Facing their problems head on, they make personal self-discoveries and find what really matters most in life.  The poignancy of the story was heightened when Jonathan Larson died of an aortic dissection on 25 January 1996, the night before the show’s first off-Broadway performance at New York Theatre Workshop.


The much-loved score features songs such as Seasons of Love, Take Me or Leave Me, What You Own, One Song Glory, La Vie Bohème, Without You, I’ll Cover You, Out Tonight and I Should Tell You.

The new production of RENT will have Choreography by Lee Proud, Musical Direction by Phil Cornwell, Set Design by Olivier Award-winner Anna Fleischle, Costume Design by Loren Elstein, Lighting Design by Olivier and Tony Award-winner Rick Fisher, Sound Design by Olivier Award-winner Mike Walker, Video Design by Andrzej Goulding and Casting by Will Burton Casting.


RENT has Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson, Musical Arrangements by Steve Skinner, Original Concept and Additional Lyrics by Billy Aronson, Music Supervision and Additional Arrangements by Tim Weil, and Dramaturg is Lynn Thomson.  RENT was originally produced in New York by New York Theatre Workshop and on Broadway by Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum, Alan S. Gordon and New York Theatre Workshop.


RENT is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Ltd.

Tickets and further information on official website:


Photography – Matt Crockett

Tour details

8 December 2016 to 28 January 2017

St. James Theatre
12 Palace Street
London SW1E 5JA
Box Office:  0844 264 2140


 31 January to 4 February 2017

Devonshire Park Theatre
Compton St
Eastbourne BN21 4BW
Box Office: 01323 412 000

6-11 February 2017

Churchill Theatre
High Street
Kent BR1 1HA
Box Office: 020 3285 6000

14-18 February 2017

Festival Theatre
13 / 29 Nicolson Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9FT
Box Office: 0131 529 6000

28 February – 4 March

Liverpool Empire Theatre
Lime St
Liverpool L1 1JE
Box Office: 0844 871 3017

7-11 March

New Victoria Theatre
The Ambassadors
Peacocks Centre
Surrey GU21 6GQ
Box Office: 0844 871 7645

28 March to 1 April 2017 

Rutland Street
Leicester LE1 1SB
Box Office: 0116 242 3595

3-8 April 2017

Wales Millennium Centre
Bute Pl
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff CF10 5AL
Box Office: 029 2063 6464

11-15 April 2017

 Cheltenham Everyman Theatre
Regent Street
Cheltenham GL50 1HQ
 Box Office: 01242 572573

18-22 April 2017

York Theatre Royal
St. Leonard’s Place
York YO1 7HD
Box Office: 01483 440000

1-6 May 2017

Poole’s Centre For The Arts
21 Kingland Road
Dorset BH15 1UG
Box Office: 01202 280000

9-13 May 2017

Belgrade Theatre
Belgrade Square,
Coventry CV1 1GS
Box Office: 024 7655 3055

16-20 May 2017

Nottingham Playhouse
Wellington Circus
Nottingham, NG1 5AF
Box Office: 0115 941 9419

23-27 May 2017

 Assembly Hall Theatre
Crescent Road
Tunbridge Wells
Kent TN1 2LU
Box Office: 01892 530613




No Man’s Land – Live Screening


No Man’s Land



Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart,
Owen Teale and Damien Molony in

No Man’s Land
Written by Harold Pinter
Directed by Sean Mathias

  • Sean Mathiasaward-winning production of Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land will be broadcast in cinemas internationally on 15 December via National Theatre Live
  • No Man’s Land breaks Delfont Mackintosh record for a play with highest opening advance and highest (100%) attendance for 14 week season seen by over 90,000 people
  • Prior to the West End production, the UK tour of No Man’s Land played to 100% capacity in Sheffield, Newcastle, Brighton and Cardiff.

Ian McKellen plays ‘Spooner’, Patrick Stewart plays ‘Hirst’, Owen Teale plays ‘Briggs’ and Damien Molony plays ‘Foster’ in Sean Mathias’ production of Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, which will be broadcast internationally on 15 December to cinemas in over 55 countries including the UK, Europe, the USA, Canada, Japan, South America and Russia. Full information on the National Theatre Live screenings can be found at

Winner of the 2016 Evening Standard Award for Best Revival, No Man’s Land is currently playing at Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End where it will complete its limited 14 week engagement on 17 December having been seen by over 90,000 people, selling to 100% capacity every night. No Man’s Land was first performed at the iconic Wyndham’s Theatre in 1975 with Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud, following its premiere at the National Theatre.

Prior to the West End, this production played to 100% capacity on tour throughout the UK, starting at the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield on 3 August before dates at Theatre Royal, Newcastle, Theatre Royal, Brighton and New Theatre, Cardiff.

Directed by Sean Mathias, No Man’s Land received highly acclaimed reviews at the Cort Theatre in New York whilst in repertory alongside Waiting for Godot, also starring stage and screen friends, McKellen and Stewart and directed by Mathias. The production of Waiting for Godot had transferred from London where it celebrated a sell-out run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, the last time McKellen and Stewart shared a West End stage.

Patrick Stewart (Hirst) says: “No Man’s Land is a masterpiece of 20th Century British Theatre and Ian, Damian, Owen and I love it deeply. It has been a joy to play it first in Berkeley, California, then on Broadway, on tour in the UK and now in London. What a climax to have it in cinemas across the UK and in more than 50 countries around the world. Don’t miss it.”

Ian McKellen (Spooner) says: “I am so pleased that audiences who could not get a ticket for No Man’s Land can now see, all over the world, a live performance in their local cinema. Don’t miss it!”

One summer’s evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst’s stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men. 

No Man’s Land has set and costume design by Stephen Brimson Lewis, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski, sound design and composition by Adam Cork and projection design by Nina Dunn.

This production of No Man’s Land is produced by Stuart Thompson Productions and Playful Productions.


Production Images – Johan Persson

Season’s Greetings


With the busy Christmas & New Year period almost upon us, thespyinthestalls would like to wish all our followers, fellow reviewers, bloggers, the creative and acting talent that make it all possible and theatromaniacs everywhere …

A Wonderful Christmas &

Very Happy New Year





Fredericia Teater and Aria Entertainment announce that Eden Espinosa will be joining the cast of new rock musical Lizzie at Greenwich Theatre in February 2017, replacing Ciara Renee who has pulled out due to a scheduling conflict. 


She joins the previously announced Jodie Jacobs (Carrie, Southwark Playhouse, We Will Rock You, Dominion), Bleu Woodward (Oh! What A Lovely War, Stratford East) and Bjørg Gamst (The Little Mermaid, The Drowsy Chaperone) 
Eden Espinosa is most recognized for her critically acclaimed portrayal of Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway and in Los Angeles and San Francisco. She originated the title character in Brooklyn the Musical, played Flora in Flora the Red Menace, and Maureen in the closing company of Rent. Most recently she portrayed Eva Peron in TPAC and Studio Tenn’s production of Evita. Her television appearances include Law and Order and Ugly Betty. Voiceover credits include Cassandra in the upcoming Disney show Tangled, the series Robot Chicken, MAD TV, Elena of Avalor, and Titan Maximum. Eden was the featured soloist in Magical, the fireworks spectacular at the Disneyland Resort and can be heard on such recordings as Hair (BCEFA benefit recording), The Maury Yeston Songbook, Bright Lights, Big City, John McDaniel Live at Joe’s Pub, and Scott Alan’s Dreaming Wide Awake. Her debut album, Look Around, is out now. 


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