Jonathan Larson's


Book, Music and Lyrics
Jonathan Larson

Graham Hubbard

Additional Direction by
Annabel Mutale Reed

The Linbury Theatre

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Thursday 6 April at 7:45pm
Tuesday 11 April at 7:45pm
Wednesday 12 April at 7:45pm
Thursday 13 April at 2:15pm
Thursday 13 April at 7:45pm

The running time is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes, including an interval.

About the show

Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Jonathan Larson's Rent 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 and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.

RENT was originally produced in New York by New York Theatre Workshop and on Broadway by Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum, Allan S. Gordon and New York Theatre Workshop

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International. All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI

Jonathan Larson received the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for RENT. He also won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical and the 1994 Richard Rodgers Award for RENT and twice received The Gilman & Gonzales-Falla Theatre Foundation's Comendation Award. In 1989 he was granted the Stephen Sondheim Award from American Music Theatre Festival, where he contributed to the musical Sitting on the Edge of the Future. In 1988 he won the Richard Rodgers Development Grant for his rock musical Superbia, which was staged at Playwrights Horizon. He composed the score for the musical J.P. Morgan Saves the Nation, which was presented by En Garde Arts in 1995. Larson performed his rock monologue tick, tick... BOOM! at Second Stage Theatre, The Village Gate and New York Theatre Workshop. In addition to scoring and song writing for Sesame Street, he created music for a number of children's book-cassettes, including Steven Spielberg's An American Tail and Land Before Time. Other film scores include work for Rolling Stones magazine publisher Jann Wenner. He conceived, directed and wrote four original songs for Away We Go!, a musical video for children. RENT, his rock opera based on La Boheme, had its world premiere on February 13, 1996 at New York Theatre Workshop.

Graham trained at LAMDA (Evelyn Laye Award) and was an actor for fourteen years working extensively in regional/West End theatre, television and film with directors such as Kenneth Branagh, Matthew Warchus, Gregory Doran, John Caird and John Doyle. He then moved into directing and writing.

Graham was Associate Director on Sweeney Todd (West End/Broadway), Mack and Mabel (Criterion), The Sound of Music (London Palladium), Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Palace).

Graham now focuses on his own creative projects. His productions range from Shakespeare, through Coward and Brecht to Musical Theatre. As Artistic Director for New Rep Theatre, he was nominated for the Peter Brook Award, 2012, for his newly scored actor/musician production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle. He enjoys supporting and developing new writing and was nominated Best Director 2013, by Broadway World for his work on the world premiere of Carol Vine’s The Spring Tide.  His stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s children’s book What The Ladybird Heard, had a successful run in the West End in 2017 and is currently on an international tour.

Graham regularly directs at many of the top drama schools in the UK (CSSD, Arts Ed, LIPA, BSA, Guildford Conservatoire, LSMT) and is artistic director for the Salvation Army’s annual charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

He has recently completed writing a musical The Colonel’s Lady (based on a short story by Somerset Maugham) and is looking forward to adapting a South African novel, Buckingham Palace, District Six which covers three decades of the apartheid years, for the stage.

Annabel is a director, playwright and lyricist, she is currently developing new work, under the mentorship of Claude-Michel Schönberg.

Credits include: A Kiss For Cinderella (National Youth Music Theatre, in development); Brother (Bookwriter, Southwark Playhouse workshop production & MT Fest); Seance (Director, Rehearsed Reading, The Pit Loft New York); Trash Puppets  (Director, The Pit Loft New York); Toil and Trouble (Director, Rehearsed Reading, The Pit Loft New York); Fall of Man; an Autumnal evening of Feminist Musical Theatre (Writer/Director, The Pit Loft New York); STOP: A New Musical  (Writer/Director, Edinburgh Fringe and Cockpit Theatre, OUDS National Tour, Burton Taylor Theatre Oxford); Anything Goes (Director, Oxford Playhouse); Alice (Bookwriter/Lyricist, NYU Tisch).

She has degrees in Musical Theatre from Guildford School of Acting, Philosophy Politics and Economics from Oxford University, and recently graduated with an MFA in Theatre Writing from New York University.

Annabel is proud to be a Trustee of The Oxford Playhouse. In 2021, she was nominated for the Black British Theatre Awards 'Book and Lyrics Recognition Award' for her work as a book writer and lyricist.

Explores challenging topics and themes, including AIDS, suicide, substance abuse, homophobia, violence, and homelessness.

Photos: SRTaylor Photography

Creative Team

* LAMDA staff member or visiting artist

** Original Rent creative team

Book, Music and Lyrics
Jonathan Larson**

Musical Arrangements
Steve Skinner**

Original Concept / Additional Lyrics
Billy Aronson**

Music Supervision & Additional Arrangements
Tim Weil**

Lynn Thomson**

Graham Hubbard*

Additional Direction by
Annabel Mutale Reed*

Musical Director
Audra Cramer*

Amanda Mascarenhas*

Music and Voice Support
Richard Halton*

Intimacy Director
Adelaide Waldrop*

Lighting Designer
Jake Mawhinney*

Sound Designer / Production Sound Engineer
James Imber

Choreographer and Movement Director
Ruth Phillips*

Dance Captain
Alissia Di Cosmo

Costume Supervisor
Tabitha Stock*


Audra Cramer*

Jack Hartigan*

Tom Casson*

Ben Manning*


Uriel Blankson

Alissia Di Cosmo

Naia Elliott-Spence

Juliet G. James

Isaac Jean-Meiro

Jazz Jenkins

Oliver John

Lucy Karczewski

Vilberg Andri Pálsson

Joshua Rogers*

Kieton Saunders-Browne

Annie Taylor

Production Team

* LAMDA staff member or visiting artist

Stage Manager on the Book
Lily O’Connor

Technical Stage Manager
Callum Duncan

Production Manager
Nic Donithorn*

Production LX
​​​​​​Ash Orhan-Pennell

Photos: SRTaylor Photography