Musicals and Opera (lgbtq+, musical theatre)

  • Paradise in Augustines - The Sanctuary
  • 19:40
  • Aug 12
  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Bare Productions
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, Scenes of a sexual nature, Strobe lighting, Strong language/swearing
  • 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


Bare Productions return following a string of five-star, sell-out Fringe runs with the revolutionary rock-musical, RENT. RENT tells the story of a group of friends struggling to survive in ‘90s New York against the backdrop of the AIDS pandemic. Fighting battles of love and loss, the group's bohemian ideals are challenged as they search for happiness and fulfilment in the wider world. This modern reimagining of Puccini’s La Bohème is an epic musical about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. RENT is a pop cultural phenomenon that continues to unite audiences. A must-see for all!

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Audience enters from George IV Bridge, with a couple of steps from the street into the building. A temporary ramp is available when required. The Sanctuary has level access from front of house. The audience enter down the side of a raked seating rig, with one row of seats on the floor and several further rows accessed via steps on a central aisle.
  • Wheelchair access type: Temporary Ramp, Level Access

  • 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

Anonymous 32 days ago

I think it’s absolutely repulsive that a white majority cast and crew portrayed this story. It’s a show about a lower class Black/Latinx community in NYC - where was this evident in the casting??? Angel is supposed to be Latinx and they’ve cast a white, English person. The roles of Joanne, Benny, and Collins are traditionally played by black actors — Bare productions chose to whitewash. The worst part of all is the character Mimi Marquez. Clearly indicated as Latina in the script and commonly played by black women. They’ve cast a white, Scottish person called Freya Anderson. Worst of all, in all the promo they have her listed as Freya Rivero. Even if she has some kind of hispanic roots - they know what they’re doing by publicising a traditional hispanic name (which she doesn’t normally go by) to make her come across as Latina when she isn’t. To reiterate the most important point of all — do not cast a white person to play a black role.

I don’t care how talented the cast is, do not do a show about a largely POC community with a mostly white cast. Edinburgh amateur theatre doesn’t have the most diverse casting pool which speaks to a greater problem beyond Bare Productions. But I hope that in the future they take better care with their show selections as there are plenty of options which fit their casting pool better. As one of the few Latinas in Edinburgh amateur MT, I’m disgusted.

Offies - DO NOT reward this production for whitewashing. This show was revolutionary in its fight towards diversity, equality, and inclusivity by creating complex Black/Latinx characters in MT. Bare Productions have completely missed the mark.

Bernardo Caimoy 45 days ago

Soul touching rendition of the cult classic Rent. One of the best musicals in this year’s Fringe.

Laura 50 days ago

Such an incredible and meaningful show. Every member of the cast is talented beyond words and puts their whole heart into it! Bring tissues - I cried multiple times during the show and for several minutes after

Matilda 50 days ago

Such an excellent show !! Saw the opening night and was blown away by the calibre of the cast. A definite must see!

Alfred Webb 50 days ago

Absolutely stunning. Every single member of the cast was incredible and the story was so moving and well told. Would highly recommend!

Participants - for further details on our audience and published review policies, including how to add or opt out of reviews, please click here. (4/5 stars) 43 days ago

Bare Productions rendition of RENT is very good, and does absolute justice to Jonathan Larson’s perpetual cult hit.

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The Scots Reviewer (4/5 stars) 43 days ago

This show is professionally crafted and performed, and worth a watch if you can find a ticket!

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Theatre, Films and Arts (4/5 stars) 44 days ago

A stark reminder to cherish life and live it to the fullest.

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Kat Masterson (4/5 stars) 46 days ago

An emotional and caring revival of the hit show.

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Edinburgh Reviews (5/5 stars) 46 days ago

full of feeling and ready to lift you up just as easily as it punches you in the gut.

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Lisa in the Theatre (4/5 stars) 46 days ago

This run of Rent is sold out*, and deservedly so - Bare's reputation obviously precedes them! What they have achieved here in a fringe production, with all the limitations that imposes, is commendable. With a production team and performing company of this calibre, I can't wait to see what they do next.

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One4Review (5/5 stars) 46 days ago

A standing ovation at the end of show highlighted how much we the audience appreciated all your hard work and dedication to this incredibly entertaining show.

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British Theatre Guide (5/5 stars) 47 days ago

The show doesn’t disappoint.

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 47 days ago

A solid rendition of the much-loved musical

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Michelle's Monologues 48 days ago

Beautifully put together with a talented cast covering very difficult topics.

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All Edinburgh Theatre (5/5 stars) 50 days ago

An impassioned and committed performance

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Broadway World (4/5 stars) 50 days ago

If you enjoy RENT then go and see this. If you, like me, hadn't seen it and would like to, go and see this. It's not Broadway, but it's pretty close.

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