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Lyric Theatre, London

The definitive Bob Marley musical

It’s not all that glitters is gold, half the story has never been told’ – Bob Marley

Taking inspiration from Bob Marley’s visionary lyrics to tell his extraordinary personal story, this highly anticipated new musical is brought to the stage by the Olivier Award-winning team of writer Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) and director Clint Dyer (Death of England: Delroy).

Starring David Albury as the iconic Rastafari singer, song writer and musician this world premiere production features an electrifying mix of his hits played live on stage.

Book now and lose yourself to the rhythm of ‘Exodus’, ‘No Woman No Cry’, ‘Waiting in Vain’, ‘Three Little Birds’, ‘I Shot the Sheriff’, ‘Could You Be Loved’, ‘Redemption Song’ and so much more.

Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical tickets is booking until 8 January 2023 at the Lyric Theatre, London.

What's the story of Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical?

From the hills of rural Jamaica, armed only with his overwhelming talent and beliefs, Bob Marley applied himself with resolute determination to achieve international acclaim for his prophetic musical message – a gospel of love and unity. This is his story!

Who is in the cast of Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical?

David Albury stars as Bob Marley, with Ivano Turco playing Alternate Bob Marley, and Cleopatra Rey playing Rita Marley.

Also featuring in the cast are Tom Bowen (Doctor), Newtion Matthews (Coxsone Dodd/Lee Perry/Bucky), Philip Kamau (Little Bob), Kristiano Ricardo (Little Bob), Zack Richards (Little Bob), Craig Blake (DJ Sway/Claudie Massop), Melissa Brown-Taylor (Marcia Griffiths), Shanay Holmes (Cindy Breakspeare), Sophia Mackay (Judy Mowatt), Julene Robinson (Mama), Jacade Simpson (Bunny Wailer), Nate Simpson (Intermediate Bob Marley), Callum Jaye (Cover Intermediate Bob Marley), Charles Blyth (Chris Blackwell), Rohan Pinnock-Hamilton (Peter Tosh), Cleopatra Rey (Rita Marley), and Amarra Smith (Mrs Grey/Aunty Viola).

Other cast include Jack Matthew, Andrè Antonio, Cartell Green-Brown, Michael Jeremiah, Summer Priest, Lauran Rae, Jaime Tait, Luke Buck, Viquichele Cross, Llewellyn Jamal, Kieran McGinn and Pharrell Marshall-Green. and Athena Collins.

Who are the creative team of Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical?

The show is directed by Clint Dyer with book by Lee Hall, choreography by Shelley Maxwell, musical supervision by Phil Bateman, set design by Chloe Lamford, costume design by Lisa Duncan, lighting design by Charles Balfour, sound design by Tony Gayle, video design by Lisa Duncan, casting direct is Pippa Ailion CDG and musical director of Sean Green.  Music by Bob Marley.


Reviews of Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical

★★★★★ "A brilliant show that gives Bob Marley back his bite" - The Telegraph
★★★★ "Brims with unbridled charm" - The Stage
★★★★ "Arinzé Kene is a knockout. This is a joyful night out that also feels like an important cultural event" - Evening Standard
★★★★ "Arinzé Kene mesmerises in an exhilarating tribute to a legend" - i news
★★★★  Average review score

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Show Information

Age restrictions
12+
Running time
2 hours 30 minutes (including interval)
Performance dates
Booking to 8 January 2023
Performance days
Evenings: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Saturday, Sunday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.


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Important Notes

Special notice: Neither the late Bob Marley nor a holographic projection of the singer will be appearing in this production.


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Lyric Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES
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Show of the Week: Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical – Save up to 33%
Save up to 33% on Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical at the Lyric Theatre in London with our Show of the Week offer Get yourself where the action is and experience the remarkable story of Jamaica’s rebel superstar. The irresistible new production, Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical has come to life at the Lyric Theatre, London and the message is out. "It isn’t just a joyful night out it’s a major and important cultural event” (The Evening Standard). From the hills of rural Jamaica, blending visionary musical talent and revolutionary zeal, Bob Marley set out to touch the world with his inspirational musical message and soul stirring advocacy for the oppressed. With unlimited access to Marley’s superlative songs of love and unity, the multi award-winning team of Lee Hall (writer), Clint Dyer (director) and Arinzé Kene (playing Bob Marley) embody the militant spirit and moving story of one of music’s most significant cultural figures. A sensational company of performers combine with the very best reggae musicians to bring this inspirational tale of passion, political transformation and enduring hope from Trenchtown to the West End. Book now for a “a tribute so infectious it defies an audience not to sing and sway along” (The Guardian) and move yourself to the rhythms of 'Exodus', 'No Woman No Cry', 'Waiting in Vain', 'Three Little Birds', ‘I Shot the Sheriff’, 'Could You Be Loved', 'Redemption Song' and other classics, “music that still feels of and for our times.” (The i). Save up to 33% on tickets. Valid Sunday to Friday evening performances from to 8 December 2022, book by 6 November 2022 Book tickets >
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New cast for Get Up Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical at the Lyric Theatre
The producers of Get Up Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical at the Lyric Theatre in London have announced new cast members for its final weeks. The show is scheduled to close at the Lyric on 8 January 2023. From 4 October 2022, David Albury is taking on the role of Bob Marley, replacing Michael Duke; Ivano Turco, recent star of Cinderella at the Gillian Lynne Theatre is playing Alternate Bob Marley; and Cleopatra Rey is going to play Rita Marley, taking over from Gabrielle Brooks. Also joining the company are Tom Bowen (Doctor), Newtion Matthews (Coxsone Dodd/Lee Perry/Bucky), Philip Kamau (Little Bob), Kristiano Ricardo (Little Bob), Zack Richards (Little Bob), Jack Matthew (Ensemble), Andrè Antonio (Swing), Cartell Green-Brown (Swing), Michael Jeremiah (Swing), Summer Priest (Swing) and Lauran Rae (Swing). Continuing in the show in the same roles are Craig Blake (DJ Sway/Claudie Massop), Melissa Brown-Taylor (Marcia Griffiths), Shanay Holmes (Cindy Breakspeare), Sophia Mackay (Judy Mowatt), Julene Robinson (Mama), Jacade Simpson (Bunny Wailer), Nate Simpson (Intermediate Bob Marley), Callum Jaye (Cover Intermediate Bob Marley), Jaime Tait, Luke Buck, Viquichele Cross, Llewellyn Jamal, Kieran McGinn and Pharrell Marshall-Green. Continuing in the show but taking on different roles are Charles Blyth (Chris Blackwell), Rohan Pinnock-Hamilton (Peter Tosh), Cleopatra Rey (Rita Marley), Amarra Smith (Mrs Grey/Aunty Viola) and Athena Collins. Nominated for four Olivier Awards, this acclaimed production is directed by Clint Dyer, and features Marley’s revolutionary songs set to a book by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot). Book Get Up Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical tickets at the Lyric Theatre in London.
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British writer and director Clint Dyer, who is deputy artistic director of the National Theatre and director of West End musical Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical, is working on a new stage project. Baz in Deadline (see link below) is reporting that Dyer, and composer and musician Teddy Abrams, who is musical director of the Louisville Orchestra, are working together on a new musical based on the life story of world heavyweight boxing champion and civil rights campaigner Muhammad Ali. The show, titled ALI, has the blessing of Ali's widow, Lonnie Ali, and producers are aiming for a November 2024 opening on Broadway. Clint Dyer directed the acclaimed production of This Is England at the National, and his forthcoming production of Shakespeare's Othello opens in November 2022 starring Giles Terera as Othello and Paul Hilton as Iago. Dyer is set to both write the book of the new musical and direct, with Abrams writing the score. The creators are also bringing in an African-American writer to work as co-lyricist on the project. ALI's lead producer is US-based producer Richard Willis, who brought UK hits Jerusalem and One Man, Two Guvnors to Broadway. Willis told Baz that it was going to be, "a show of shows. Right now it’s about getting the story going and understanding what we have to do.” Abrams has form in creating work about Muhammad Ali, having wrote a rap-oratorio about his life in 2017. ALI will be produced by Richard Willis, Brook T. Smith and TheTribecaWorkshop in collaboration with ABG Entertainment in partnership with Lonnie Ali. Book tickets to Clint Dyer's production of Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical at the Lyric Theatre in London
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Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical posts closing notices at the Lyric Theatre
Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical at the Lyric Theatre in London has announced that it is to close on 8 January 2023. Producers said that a UK tour and new international productions will follow after the West End show has closed. The show had originally been booking to 29 January 2023. The show takes inspiration from Bob Marley’s visionary lyrics to tell his extraordinary personal story, with hit songs including ‘Exodus’, ‘No Woman No Cry’, ‘Waiting in Vain’, ‘Three Little Birds’, ‘I Shot the Sheriff’, ‘Could You Be Loved’, ‘Redemption Song’ and so much more. Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical stars Michael Duke as Bob Marley, plus Gabrielle Brooks (Rita Marley), Shanay Holmes (Cindy Breakspeare), Sophia Mackay (Judy Mowatt), Melissa Brown-Taylor (Marcia Griffiths), Jacade Simpson (Bunny Wailer), Natey Jones (Peter Tosh), David Albury (Alternate Bob Marley) Daniel Bailey, Craig Blake, Charles Blyth, Luke Buck, Maxwell Cole, Athena Collins, Viquichele Cross, Kimmy Edwards, Raphael Estavia, Henry Faber, Cannon Hay, Llewellyn Jamal, Savanna Jeffrey, Kieran McGinn, Rohan Pinnock-Hamilton, Cleopatra Rey, Julene Robinson, Lawrence Rowe, Nate Simpson, Amarra Smith, Archie Smith, Declan Spaine, Jaime Tait, Teddy Wills. The show was nominated for 4 Olivier Awards earlier this year including Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical for Gabrielle Brooks and Best Original Score or New Orchestration for Orchestrator Simon Hale. Get Up, Stand Up! is directed by Clint Dyer, with a book by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), choreography by Shelley Maxwell, musical supervision by Phil Bateman, set design by Chloe Lamford, costume design by Lisa Duncan, lighting design by Charles Balfour, sound design by Tony Gayle, video design by Lisa Duncan, casting direct is Pippa Ailion CDG and musical director of Sean Green.  Music by Bob Marley. Book tickets to Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical at the Lyric Theatre in London.
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Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical extends booking, Michael Duke stars as Bob Marley
Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical has announced new dates, extending its run until 29 January 2023. The show has won rave reviews from critics and audiences, and has played at the Lyric Theatre since October 2021. Last week it was nominated for 4 Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical. Producers also announced that Arinzé Kene, who has been nominated for Best Actor in a Musical at this year's Olivier Awards for his role as Bob Marley, has departed the show. Replacing him is Michael Duke, whose credits include The Lion King, The Inheritance, West Side Story, Beautiful: The Carol King Musical, Thriller Live and The Rat Pack LIVE. As well as Best New Musical and Best Actor in a Musical, the show also picked up two further Olivier Award nominations last week: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical for Gabrielle Brooks and Best Original Score or New Orchestration for Orchestrator Simon Hale. The full cast includes Michael Duke (Bob Marley), Gabrielle Brooks (Rita Marley), Shanay Holmes (Cindy Breakspeare), Sophia Mackay (Judy Mowatt), Melissa Brown-Taylor (Marcia Griffiths), Jacade Simpson (Bunny Wailer), Natey Jones (Peter Tosh), David Albury (Alternate Bob Marley) Daniel Bailey, Craig Blake, Charles Blyth, Luke Buck, Maxwell Cole, Athena Collins, Viquichele Cross, Kimmy Edwards, Raphael Estavia, Henry Faber, Cannon Hay, Llewellyn Jamal, Savanna Jeffrey, Kieran McGinn, Rohan Pinnock-Hamilton, Cleopatra Rey, Julene Robinson, Lawrence Rowe, Nate Simpson, Amarra Smith, Archie Smith, Declan Spaine, Jaime Tait, Teddy Wills. Directed by Clint Dyer with book by Lee Hall, choreography by Shelley Maxwell, musical supervision by Phil Bateman, set design by Chloe Lamford, costume design by Lisa Duncan, lighting design by Charles Balfour, sound design by Tony Gayle, video design by Lisa Duncan, casting direct is Pippa Ailion CDG and musical director of Sean Green.  Music by Bob Marley. Book tickets to Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical at the Lyric Theatre in London
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First look images have been released of Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical which has opened to rave reviews at the Lyric Theatre in London's West End. Tickets for Get Up, Stand Up! are now booking to September 2022. Arinzé Kene as Bob Marley in Get Up, Stand Up The Bob Marley Musical, London 2021. Photo by Craig Sugden Arinzé Kene as Bob Marley in Get Up, Stand Up The Bob Marley Musical, London 2021. Photo by Craig Sugden Hailed as the definitive Bob Marley musical, the icons inspirational tale of passion, political transformation and enduring hope is brought to life on stage by Arinzé Kene as Bob Marley combined with the very best reggae musicians. Arinzé Kene as Bob Marley and company. Photo by Craig Sugden With unlimited access to Marley’s songs of love and unity and a book by award-winning Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), acclaimed director Clint Dyer channels the militant spirit and moving story of one of music’s most significant figures. Arinzé Kene as Bob Marley, Cannon Hay as Little Bob, Julene Robinson as Mama and company. Photo by Craig Sugden The musical charts Marley's life from the rural hills of Jamaica to international stardom, via London and the US. Young Bob Marley is played by Cannon Hay with Julene Robinson cast as Marley's mother. Jacade Simpson as Bunny Wailer, Natey Jones as Peter Tosh, Henry Faber as Chris Blackwell, Arinzé Kene as Bob Marley. Photo by Craig Sugden Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh, original band members of The Wailers are played by Jacade Simpson and Natey Jones. Declan Spaine, Charles Blyth, Daniel Bailey, Jacade Simpson as Bunny Wailer, Arinzé Kene as Bob Marley, Natey Jones as Peter Tosh. Photo by Craig Sugden Arinzé Kene as Bob Marley, Gabrielle Brooks as Rita Marley. Photo by Craig Sugden Marley's wife Rita - a singer in her own right and member of the vocal group I Three - is played by Gabrielle Brooks. She was most recently on stage at the Harold Pinter Theatre in Yasmin Joseph’s play J’Ouvert - a new play about the Notting Hill Carnival. Sophia Mackay as Judy Mowatt, Gabrielle Brooks as Rita Marley, Melissa Brown Taylor as Marcia Griffiths - photo by Craig Sugden Sophie Mackay as Judy Mowatt, Gabrielle Brooks as Rita Marley, Melissa Brown Taylor as Marcia Griffiths. Photo by Craig Sugden. Marley created the vocal group I Three, formed of Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths to replace Peter and Bunny, who had left the band in 1973. Together with the I Three, Bob Marley & the Wailers recorded the album Natty Dread, which included the iconic hit 'No Woman No Cry'. In the London production Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths are played by Sophie Mackay and Melissa Brown Taylor. Arinzé Kene and cast of Get Up, Stand Up The Bob Marley Musical, London 2021. Photo by Craig Sugden Daniel Bailey as Lee Scratch Perry, Arinzé Kene as Bob Marley. Photo by Craig Sugden Daniel Bailey as Lee Scratch Perry in Get Up, Stand Up The Bob Marley Musical, London 2021. Photo by Craig Sugden Lee 'Scratch' Perry - a collaborator on one of Marley's finest records and a pioneer in the 1970s development of dub music is played by Daniel Bailey. Shanay Holmes as Cindy Breakspeare, Melissa Brown Taylor as Marcia Griffiths, Arinzé Kene as Bob Marley, Gabrielle Brooks as Rita Marley, Sophia Mackay as Judy Mowatt. Photo by Craig Sugden Arinzé Kene and cast of Get Up, Stand Up The Bob Marley Musical, London 2021. Photo by Craig Sugden Arinzé Kene as Bob Marley and company. Photo by Craig Sugden Book tickets now and discover the man behind the hits of 'Exodus', 'No Woman No Cry', 'Waiting in Vain', 'Three Little Birds', ‘I Shot the Sheriff’, 'Could You Be Loved', 'Redemption Song'. Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical tickets are booking until 18 September 2022 at the Lyric Theatre, London.
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Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical reviews round-up ★★★★
Reviews are in for Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical at the Lyric Theatre in London. The world premiere of this brand new musical has proved a smash-hit, with British critics raving about the show, and notably Arinzé Kene's powerhouse performance as Marley. Clint Dyer, who most recently co-wrote and directed Death of England: Delroy at the National Theatre directs the musical, which has a book by Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall. Based on the life of the iconic Jamaican hit-maker, the role of Marley is played by double Olivier nominee Arinzé Kene, whose extensive theatre work includes Death of a Salesman (Young Vic), One Night in Miami (Donmar Warehouse), Girl From The North Country (Old Vic) and Misty (Bush Theatre & New York).  The show features unlimited access to Marley’s platinum-selling catalogue of music, including much loved classics ‘Exodus’, ‘No Woman No Cry’, ‘Waiting in Vain’, ‘Three Little Birds’, ‘I Shot the Sheriff’, ‘Could You Be Loved’, and ‘Redemption Song’ The rest of the creative team includes choreography by Shelley Maxwell, musical supervision by Phil Bateman, set design by Chloe Lamford, costume by Lisa Duncan, lighting design by Charles Balfour, sound by Tony Gayle, video by Tal Yarden, casting by Pippa Ailion and musical direction by Sean Green. Find tickets for Get Up, Stand Up! now Read reviews from the UK press including The Times, The Guardian, Daily Mail, Telegraph, Evening Standard and more
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Bob Marley musical moves London premiere to October 2021
The World Premiere production of Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical in London's West End has moved to October 2021. Producers cited the desire for performances to take place without social distancing as the reason for the delayed opening of the highly anticipated new musical. The announcement comes in the same week that Sister Act The Musical has been delayed until Summer 2022 and Good starring David Tennant has also been postponed. The first preview of Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical will now take place at the Lyric Theatre on 1 October 2021 with an opening night on 20 October 2021.  The show had been due to begin performances at the Lyric Theatre in May 2020. A statement from Producers said: "Producers of the new musical Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical have today taken the decision to delay the start of performances until social distancing is lifted. The first preview will now take place at the Lyric Theatre on 1 October 2021 with an opening night on 20 October 2021.  The producers are convinced that this joyous and uplifting show will be at its best when a full house can enjoy the legendary music of Bob Marley. For this reason they have decided to pause until a time when it is possible to open theatres at full capacity. Patrons will be contacted by the box office or their point of purchase in due course with updated booking details." Arinzé Kene to play Bob Marley. The musical is directed by Clint Dyer, newly appointed Deputy Artistic Director of the National Theatre, and stars double Olivier nominee Arinzé Kene (Death of a Salesman, One Night in Miami, Girl From The North Country , Misty ) as Bob Marley. Based on the life of the iconic Jamaican hit-maker, the musical has been given unlimited access to Marley's catalogue of music and features much loved classics including ‘Exodus’, ‘No Woman No Cry’, ‘Waiting in Vain’, ‘Three Little Birds’, ‘I Shot the Sheriff’, ‘Could You Be Loved’, ‘Redemption Song’. The Lyric Theatre's current production of Six The Musical will now run until 22 August 2021, subject to receiving clear guidance from the government on resuming performances. https://twitter.com/sixthemusical/status/1362378403190628358 Find tickets for Get Up, Stand Up! now Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical is booking from 1 October 2021 until 3 April 2022 at the Lyric Theatre, London.
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‘Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical’ moves premiere to summer 2021
Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical has moved its highly anticipated West End and world premiere to summer 2021. The show will now begin performances at the Lyric Theatre in London on 28 May 2021 with an official opening night on 16 June 2021. Clint Dyer, who most recently co-wrote and directed Death of England: Delroy at the National Theatre will direct the musical which has a book by Billy Elliot scribe Lee. Bob Marley. Credit Fifty Six Hope Road Music Ltd. Adrian-Boot Based on the life of the iconic Jamaican hit-maker, the role of Marley will be played by double Olivier nominee Arinzé Kene whose extensive theatre work includes Death of a Salesman (Young Vic), One Night in Miami (Donmar Warehouse), Girl From The North Country (Old Vic) and Misty (Bush Theatre & New York).  With unlimited access to Marley’s platinum-selling catalogue of music the show features a host of much loved classics including ‘Exodus’, ‘No Woman No Cry’, ‘Waiting in Vain’, ‘Three Little Birds’, ‘I Shot the Sheriff’, ‘Could You Be Loved’, ‘Redemption Song’ Cedella Marley said today: "Our father's music has for so long been an inspiration to so many people. We are proud that audiences will be able to sit in his company for a little while and, we hope, feel better about themselves, and the world. The wonderful team bringing this story to the stage will create a special evening in honour of our father." The full creative team has also been revealed, with the piece featuring choreography by Shelley Maxwell, musical supervision by Phil Bateman, set design by Chloe Lamford, costume by Lisa Duncan, lighting design by Charles Balfour, sound by Tony Gayle, video by Tal Yarden, casting by Pippa Ailion and musical direction by Sean Green. The show will also partner with the Black Ticket Project to offer 1000 free tickets – all to help foster cultural experiences for Black young people. Find tickets for Get Up, Stand Up! now Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical is booking from 28 May 2021 until 19 December 2021 at the Lyric Theatre, London. UPDATE 18.02.2021: This production will now begin performances at the Lyric Theatre on 1 October 2021 and is booking until 3 April 2022.
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Clint Dyer to helm Bob Marley musical as Dominic Cooke departs
Clint Dyer will replace Dominic Cooke as the director of Get Up, Stand Up!, a new Bob Marley musical set to premiere in London's West End next February. The former Royal Court artistic director whose hits include Clybourne Park and most recently Follies at the National Theatre, has withdrawn from the project following recent discussions about race in the theatre industry. Dominic Cooke departs Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical Cooke said: "In recent weeks the conversation about race has changed in theatre, as it has across society. With that in mind, and after much reflection, I have decided to step aside from my role to make way for Clint Dyer to lead the project. "Clint is a brilliant theatre-maker and an inspiring leader. I can't wait to see what he brings to this powerful story. I have offered to support him in whatever way I can." In a statement Dyer said: "Having had the pleasure and education of working for Dominic as a writer/director at the Royal Court and with him at the National Theatre as an actor spanning decades, he has always been a man of great integrity, sensitivity and of course immense talent. So, in many regards it is of no surprise, that while having actually earned his ‘stripes' as it were, he would still show such respect, dignity and heart. I have great admiration for his decision, and I am incredibly honoured to be offered the opportunity to take on the role of director. "As a British-Jamaican I have been a Marleyite since I could hear, so understand the great honour this actually is. I hope we can take forward the amazing work that Lee and Dominic have done so far and bring this story to life in a conscious, uplifting and joyous way. Bob has been an inspiration to millions and right now we need his unifying voice and ideas, to guide and inspire us towards redemption and true hope for the future." Dyer's credits include The Big Life at Theatre Royal Stratford East and Death of England (with Roy Williams) at the National Theatre. Written by Billy Elliot scribe Lee Hall, Get Up, Stand Up! tells the story of Bob Marley's life using songs from his extensive back catalogue. As previously reported, Arinzé Kene (Misty, One Night in Miami, Girl From The North Country) has been cast in the titular role. The show is due to begin performances in February at the newly refurbished Lyric Theatre in the heart of London's West End. Tickets for Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Story are now available. UPDATE 18.02.2021: Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical will now begin performances at the Lyric Theatre on 1 October 2021 and is booking until 3 April 2022.

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