Musicals and Opera (musical theatre, rock)

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  • Gilded Balloon Teviot - Debating Hall
  • 12:00
  • Aug 14
  • 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Edinburgh University Footlights
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains Distressing Themes, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Scenes of Violence, Strobe Lighting, Strong Language/Swearing, OtherScenes involving drug use.
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


This revolutionary rock musical follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished bohemians struggling to survive and create in the East Village of 90s New York. Whilst facing the battles of love, loss and HIV/AIDS, the group's bohemian ideals are consistently challenged as they try to seek happiness and fulfilment in the wider world. Featuring iconic numbers including Seasons of Love and La Vie Boheme, Rent is a powerful story of modern life that shows that there is no day but today!

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Main entrance via 4 steps up and 6 steps down. Accessible entrance is via a side door.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access, Lift (Building Lift)

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Olivia Cunningham 61 days ago

Such a talented bunch, who did my fave musical justice!!! Every main cast member and ensemble clearly gave their all in the performance, which the length of the show made even more impressive! I was particularly blown away by Mimi Joffroy's 'Maureen'; was shocked to learn she was the understudy as was so blown away by her performance.

Anne Drysdale 64 days ago

Overall a good show but the acoustics need some work. When individuals were singing it was ok but when a group were singing it was a little screechy. A hard working cast with a lot of energy.

Lou Mycroft 65 days ago

Disclaimer: my son is in this show, which partners with Waverley Care to bring the stories of HIV+ 80s New Yorkers to the stage. My son told me that they wanted to do justice to the narratives and they did. The emotional heft of the performances is combined with some serious talent here.

I’m not at all musicals person and I hadn’t particularly enjoyed the movie of RENT but this production was gripping. The musical arrangement was effective in connecting narrative strands and it’s impossible to single out a performer because the leads were all outstanding.

RENT is an unfinished piece because the writer tragically died of an AIDS-related illness after the first preview - but you wouldn’t know that here. The energy, choreography, emotional integrity and authenticity is truly awesome.

A reviewer from the first night posted that technical issues spoiled the performance for him and I want to reassure readers that these are completely resolved. This is not a ‘student’ production. It is completely professional and well worth a punt.

Chad 65 days ago

The opening performance was filled with great energy from the cast and severe technical problems with sound and lights that made the performance very difficult to enjoy.

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The Student Newspaper 58 days ago

Edinburgh University Footlights adeptly tackled what is a very challenging show, relying on their strong musical talents to effectively portray the humour and heartbreak of the story.

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ScotsGay (3/5 stars) 63 days ago

Jonathan Larson’s 1993 Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical adaptation of “La Boheme” known as Rent transformed the musical theatre landscape with its honesty and power. Telling the story of a group of friends as they survive living on the breadline whilst following there artistic and creative leanings in...

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All Edinburgh Theatre (4/5 stars) 63 days ago

It’s another success story for Edinburgh University Footlights as they put on an emotionally powerful performance of the classic rock music, Rent. It’s been over twenty years since Rent, which is loosely based on Puccini’s opera La Bohème, first took to the boards. Judging by the huge queue round Gilded...

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 65 days ago

The Edinburgh University Footlights bring energy and stunning musical performances to this modern musical. From the outset, the music and vocals are incredibly well performed. There is a live band on stage and the singers and musicians blend perfectly.  The band play brilliantly throughout. In terms of singing, the harmonies...

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