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.
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.
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.
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.
Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh, original band members of The Wailers are played by Jacade Simpson and Natey Jones.
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.
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.
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.
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.