I had seen Rent before in the Olympia several years before with my younger sister so the story itself was not new to me. I had forgotten lots of it though, especially that it had a few numbers that had stuck with me afterwards. As others have said, the lighting was not good on the night and neither were the ‘special effects’ if that’s what they are called-at one point the two characters on stage were almost swallowed in a cloud of dry ice.
The story itself – who knew someone could have so much fun with AIDS, drug addiction and homelessness? I found it fairly easy to follow, the actors were quite good, their singing was brilliant but I was asked on my way out what the hell it had all been about? So maybe my prior knowledge had been of some help. Although an enjoyable evening, I felt that the whole thinkg went on a little too long.