Broadway musical takes to East Durham stage

The bustling streets of New York City's East Village is coming to East Durham for a rousing rendition of Rent.

Friday, 26th August 2016, 5:14 pm
In Your Face Theatre will be performing Rent.

To coincide with the Broadway musical’s 20th anniversary, it will be performed by In Your Face Theatre for a run of shows at Seaham Town Hall.

A group of 20 performers from the community theatre group will breathe new life into the musical next month.

David Jackson, chairman of In Your Face Theatre, said: “It’s a really powerful, poignant show, even more so because its writer, Jonathan Larson, died on its opening night 20 years ago. So he never got to see the show.”

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The rock opera, based on opera La Boheme, follows a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City’s East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

It’s the third musical to be staged by In Your Face Theatre who have also brought Bad Girls and ‘Allo ‘Allo the play to Seaham.

David said: “We have a very diverse bunch of people in our group and Rent features characters who are in the LGBT community and explores issues, so it’s a show that appealed to us.

“Also the music is great, it’s really poignant and emotional and almost gospel. One of the characters is a drag queen and when he dies there’s not a dry eye in the house. It’s a real rollercoaster of a show.

“Even thought it was made 20 years ago it’s still fairly new and is not as well-known as a show like Grease so we wanted to bring it to a new audience in Seaham.

“We want to perform different community theatre rather than traditional shows such as Guys and Dolls.”

l Rent will be performed at Seaham Town Hall from Tuesday, September 6 to Thursday, September 8 with performances started at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 from or by calling the box office on 07402344925. For more information visit the Facebook page on