Abergavenny Star Players make their highly-anticipated return this month performing a rock musical at Crickhowell’s iconic Clarence Hall.

This year’s production of the cult classic ‘Rent’ will run for three nights from August 18-20 with all proceeds going to charity.

Based on Puccini’s beloved opera La Bohème, the show follows the ups and downs of a year in the life of a group of impoverished, artistic friends living in Manhattan’s East Village.

The profits from this year’s show will be going to St David’s Hospice again, with a collection during the show week for Abergavenny Pride.

Due to the ongoing closure of the Borough Theatre the group were forced to leave their ‘home field’ and find an alternative venue, and are thrilled to have been welcomed into Crickhowell’s Clarence Hall for this year’s show.

Abergavenny Star Players debuted in 2017 with their production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, followed in 2018 by their award- winning production of the hit musical ‘Made in Dagenham’.

All of the profits from the shows were donated to charity and the group has raised more than £4000 for A4B, the Borough Theatre’s Management Committee and St David’s Hospice Care.

The musical, set in New York City during the height of the AIDS crisis, features two of Tindle Newspapers employees in the lead roles. Brecon and Radnor reporter Luke Williams plays Mark Cohen, an unemployed filmmaker documenting the lives of his friends over a year. And the Abergavenny Chronicle’s Account Manager Andrew Fowler plays Roger Davis, a struggling musician with HIV who is striving to leave behind one final, great song.

Talking about the show, Andrew said: “Rent resonates with anyone who’s struggled with life, love, and their discontents.

‘‘The show follows a group of friends who grapple with addiction, eviction, sexual identity, parents, materialism and the yearning to leave a meaningful legacy.”

The cast is completed by a range of local talent, including Alys Le Moignan, best known for her portrayal as Annie in BBC sitcom Backwashed, and Italia Conti and RWCMD graduates and vocal coaches Cait Davies and Corey Jones as well as local favourites Falesha Lewis, Joe Pugh, Dan Morgan, Les Hayes, Janine Davies and Snowy Clark.

Tickets are £12 and available by scanning the QR code on the show’s advertising poster with your phone or by visiting www.ticketsource.co.uk/asp Age 12+