Last Updated on October 14, 2021
Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical opens in the West End
Bob Marley is an icon of pop culture and of Jamaica, not only famous for his unique sound and for trailblazing the reggae genre, but for his hugely powerful political voice. He was awarded the United Nations Peace Medal of the Third World for helping to fight for justice and peace in third world countries.
Bob Marley was one of the first reggae artists to receive mainstream recognition, going on to increase the visibility of Jamaican music worldwide, which made him a global figure in popular culture and a much-loved household name
I for one know that when a Bob Marley song is played it lifts my spirits and I get an uncontrollable urge to get up and dance.
It is no wonder that Playful Productions, Stage Play and Cedella Marley have brought the Bob Marley Musical, Get Up, Stand Up to the West End stage. With Marley’s magical, revolutionary songs, a book by award-winning Lee Hall and directed by the acclaimed director Clint Dyer this musical is sure to be a huge success.
The production brings a dynamic company of performers, led by the brilliant Arinzé Kene as Bob Marley, who I first saw in his play Misty which opened at the Bush Theatre in 2018. The company fuses together the finest reggae musicians to bring this exhilarating story of struggle, freedom and transformation from Trenchtown to the West End.
The musical is partnering with the Black Ticket Project where Arinze Kene is an official ambassador. Over the course of 2021, 1000 free tickets will be given to the project to distribute. Black Ticket Project is an award-winning bridge organisation founded by producer and writer Tobi Kyeremateng. They work with independent youth workers, youth organisations, schools and charities, and cultural organisations to foster cultural experiences for Black young people. Further initiatives including participatory work between the organisation and the production are to be announced.
The full cast includes Arinzé Kene (Bob Marley), Daniel Bailey, Craig Blake, Charles Blyth, Gabrielle Brooks (Rita Marley) and Melissa Brown Taylor (Marcia Griffiths).
In times like this, I can’t think of a better show to see – Get Up, Stand Up is sure to have the feel-good factor.
World Premiere musical begins performances at the Lyric Theatre on 1 October 2021 with an opening night on 20 October.
GET UP, STAND UP! THE BOB MARLEY MUSICAL
29 Shaftesbury Ave
First performance on 1 October 2021
Opening night 20 October 2021
Box Office 0330 333 4812
Tickets from £15 in previews and £20 thereafter. Please note that tickets can be exchanged up to at least 24 hours before the event.