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.
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.
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.