Producers have announced the world premiere of a brand-new musical that tells the remarkable story of iconic artist Bob Marley, which will open at the newly refurbished Lyric Theatre in London’s West End next year. Opening 28 May 2021
Taking inspiration from Marley's visionary lyrics to tell his extraordinary personal story, and featuring an electrifying mix of his hits played live, Get Up Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical is brought to the stage by the Olivier award-winning team comprised of writer Lee Hall and director Clint Dyer.
The production will star Arinzé Kene as Bob Marley.
With unprecedented access to Marley’s catalogue, the musical will feature Marley’s greatest songs performed live by the cast including "No Woman No Cry", "Exodus", "3 Little Birds", "Get Up, Stand Up" and many more.
Cedella Marley (Bob Marley’s daughter) said: “Our father’s music means so much to so many people around the world, we’re beyond thrilled to be able to bring it to both fans and new audiences alike in a new way led by the stellar team of Lee Hall and Clint Dyer, and starring the fantastic Arinzé. As a family we feel that our father would be proud to know that his legacy is a source of creative inspiration and continues to bring people together.”
Following a hugely successful workshop in 2019, producers Playful Productions, Stage Play and Trim the Wind are delighted to announce that Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical, the definitive new musical featuring Bob Marley’s iconic hits played live on stage, will begin previews in London at the newly refurbished Lyric Theatre on Saturday 6th February 2021. Brought to the stage by a multi-award-winning team, Lee Hall's (Billy Elliot The Musical, Network) book takes direct inspiration from Marley’s visionary lyrics to tell his extraordinary personal story as an artist, the production will be directed by Clint Dyer and star Arinzé Kene (Misty, Girl from the North Country).
Arinzé Kene said: “I feel absolutely honoured to be able to take on this role. It is not only an honour to be able to spread Bob Marley’s message further, but to get to be him for a little while is a lifelong dream come true. I grew up on his music and his mantra and he has been one of my role models since I was a child. I feel as if he's in my DNA. He’s the man, I love him.”