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Following two 5-star, sell-out shows in 2017 and 2018, the Edinburgh University Footlights are delighted to return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the third time with the iconic musical, RENT!

This revolutionary rock musical follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished artists struggling to survive in the East Village of '90s New York. Knee deep in his own soul-searching, an aspiring filmmaker, Mark, starts to feel like life’s outsider whilst the physical and emotional complications of HIV/AIDS pervade the lives of his friends Roger, Mimi, Collins, and Angel. Through her performance art, Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity as her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is even worth the trouble. Meanwhile, Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals entirely in exchange for real estate power and a hefty income. Whilst facing the battles of love, loss and HIV/AIDS, the group’s bohemian ideals are consistently challenged as they attempt to find artistic fulfillment and seek happiness in the wider world.

RENT is an epic musical about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Featuring iconic numbers including 'Seasons of Love' and 'La Vie Boheme', this is musical theatre at its finest. With songs that rock, music that defined a generation and a story that resonates across all ages, Jonathon Larson’s RENT is a pop cultural phenomenon that still unites audiences almost 3 decades after its opening and Footlights’ production will be no different.


  • Venue:   Gilded Balloon Teviot – Debating Hall

  • Dates:     8th – 14th August

  • Time:       12.00 (2hr 10m)

  • Tickets: Weekday £11 (£9)

                      Weekend £12 (£10)

  • Social:     Facebook @FootlightsRENT

    Twitter/Instagram @Footlights__RENT

     #nodaybuttoday #Footlights

Photography by Andrew Perry
Location @ The High Dive Pub & Pizza Bar

SUPPORT RENT At the Edinburgh Fringe 2019!

We are running a Kickstarter campaign! The opportunity to perform at the world largest arts festival is unparalleled and, as we upgrade to Gilded Balloon’s incredible venue, this year is set to be Footlights’ biggest Fringe yet. However, putting on a production, especially a musical, at the Edinburgh Fringe carries multiple financial and logistical risks. The competition between shows is incredibly strong and makes the financial burden difficult to carry. We need every bit of help you can give to get our show on the road!

To support our campaign and find out more please clink below. We are incredibly grateful for all your support! We will keep you regularly updated of rehearsals and company events as well as sending you special thank you rewards!

Footlights are proud to be working with Waverley Care this Fringe!

Waverley Care is Scotland’s HIV and Hepatitis C charity. Across Scotland, the charity is reducing new HIV and hepatitis C infections, encouraging people to get tested and providing much needed support to people living with or affected by these conditions. Through their work they are also challenging HIV and hepatitis C related stigma, tackling health inequalities and promoting good sexual health.

For more information about the charity and how to get involved please go to their website

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For press enquiries or for more information please email our Producer, Theresa Cripps, at .