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Book, music and song lyrics by Jonathan Larson - German by Wolfgang Adenberg - Arrangements Steve Skinner - Original concept and additional song lyrics Billy Aronson - Musical supervision and additional arrangements Tim Weil - Dramaturgy Lynn.

Original production of RENT by New York Theatre Workshop and on Broadway by Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum, Allan S. Gordon and New York Theatre Workshop. The transfer of the performance rights is made in agreement with MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL (EUROPE) LTD, London by MUSIK UND BÜHNE Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, Wiesbaden.

New York in the 1990s: Filmmaker Mark and musician Roger can no longer pay the rent on their run-down apartment. According to the will of their landlord and former roommate Benny, they are to move out so that he can carry out a luxury renovation on the apartment. This is planned for the entire Avenue A in the hip East Village district, in order to drive the bohemians and homeless living there out of the neighborhood. When drug addict Mimi and transvestite Angel finally appear in the lives of the two protagonists, their lives are further shaken up ...

Composer and author Jonathan Larson based his musical, which premiered in 1996, on the plot of Puccini's La Bohème, but relocated it to New York's East Village in the 1990s. His bohemians are artists struggling for success and money for the rent due. Mimi is in danger of dying not from tuberculosis but from AIDS. And other characters in the plot are also affected by the HIV pandemic. Rent takes up explosive topics such as homophobia, AIDS and racism, but wraps them up in a rousing musical mix of romantic, passionate ballads and rocking, electrifying songs.

  • Following the performance on 01.12., a Pride Night Party will take place in the opera foyer on the occasion of World AIDS Day; in cooperation with aidshilfe dortmund e. V.
  • On 15.10. and 10.12. as a double performance with La Bohème on the same day to experience in the combination ticket.


Mark Cohen Dominik Hees, Christof Messner
Roger Davis David Jakobs
Tom Collins Alex Snova
Benjamin Coffin III Pedro Reichert
Joanne Jefferson Amani Robinson
Angel Dumott Schunard Lukas Mayer
Mimi Marquez Patricia Meeden
Maureen Johnson Bettina Monk
Ensemble Louisa Heiser, Antonia Kalinowski, Tamara Köhn, Friederike Zeidler, Max Aschenbrenner, Til Ormeloh, Julius Störmer, Richard-Salvador Wolff
Cross-Swing Yara Hassan


Musical direction Jürgen Grimm, Karsten Scholz
Direction Gil Mehmert
Choreography Melissa King
Stage Jens Kilian
Collaboration stage Mara Lena Schönborn
Costumes Falk Bauer
Light N.N.
Lighting design Michael Grundner
Dramaturgy Dr. Daniel C. Schindler
Director of studies Thomas Hannig
Production management Fabian Schäfer
Assistant Director Clara Schamp
Dancecaptain Yara Hassan
Stage design assistant Mara Lena Schönborn
Costume assistance René Neumann
stage management Ulas Nagler, Alexander Becker

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Admission free for students of TU and FH Dortmund


Opernhaus Dortmund Platz der Alten Synagoge 44137 Dortmund

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Theater Dortmund
Theater Dortmund Theaterkarree 1-3 44137 Dortmund