I recently went to the Churchill Theatre in Bromley to watch Rent the Musical.  Having not seen the musical 20 years ago this was on my ‘must see’ list.

The musical is currently on a 20th Anniversary tour both here in the UK and in America.

Rent is a rock musical loosely based Puccini’s opera La Bohème.  The story is about the lives of seven artists each following their dream to make it big.  Throughout the musical their lives are being filmed by Mark who is the narrator of the show.

There are some very poignant songs in rent but one you will most probably recognise is Seasons of Love.  One of my favourites though was Take Me or Leave Me performed by Maureen and Joanne.  The harmonies on this song were one of the highlights of the show.

At the end of the evening the cast of Rent received a well deserved standing ovation from the whole of the theatre.  I am so glad I have had the chance to see Rent.

Some musicals and plays you only need to go to once.  With Rent it is impossible to take in every movement and spoken word in one sitting.  I will therefore be making an effort to see Rent again, hopefully though I won’t have to wait another 20 years.

Rent The Musical on Tour

This is the main scene through the musical and represents the New York Apartment Block


I want my reviews to be as much about my theatre experience as the show.  I believe that if have a good experience at the theatre you will enjoy the show much more. .  It is therefore my intention to write about my experience at each theatre whilst writing about the show I have seen.

The Churchill Theatre offers several areas where you can get a drink or meet up with friends before the show and during the interval. You can also have a meal before the show.  I found the seats to be comfortable.  Unfortunately, there is no centre aisle.  This means that if you sit in the centre it is a bit of a struggle to get to your seat.  This is because the bottom part of the seat does not move and you have to brush past everyone whilst they are sitting down.  As with a lot of other theatres there are not enough toilets and this probably my only complaint.

The Churchill Theatre is based in Bromley Town Centre.  Bromley South Railway station is about 10 minutes walk from the theatre. From Bromley South you can get trains to and from central London.  My reason for pointing this out is because a lot of shows which originate in London and then go on tour appear at Bromley.  Whereas you may pay £80.00 or more for a ticket in London you can get a top ticket in Bromley for half the price.

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