Monday, February 17

Get Up, Stand Up! new Bob Marley musical to open in London next year

It has been announced that the New Bob Marley musical Get Up, Stand Up! is to open in the West End on  what would have been Marley's 76th birthday -  Saturday 6 February 2021  at the newly refurbished Lyric Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.

Arinzé Kene (Misty, Girl from the North Country) will star in the new musical which is written by Lee Hall (Billy Eliott) and directed by Dominic Cooke (Follies, Hello, Dolly). It follows Marley's life as he became one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Featuring some of Marley's iconic songs including "No Woman, No Cry", "Exodus", "3 Little Birds" and "Get Up Stand Up". Further casting and creative team is to be announced.

Marley's daughter Cedella 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 and Dominic, and starring the fantastic ArinzĂ©.  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."

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."

Tickets will go on sale on 21 April 2020.

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