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Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Story

Theatre, Musicals Lyric Theatre , Shaftesbury Avenue Friday May 28 2021 - Saturday December 18 2021
Bob Marley, Get Up, Stand Up! musical
Photograph: Adrian Boot

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Arinzé Kene plays Bob Marley in this hit-packed new West End musical

Actor Arinzé Kene has been hovering in the neighbourhood of West End leading man status for a while. He technically accomplished that with his own, gloriously leftfield ‘Misty’, but where that felt like a cult show, ‘Get Up, Stand Up!’ sees him really hit the big time as he plays Bob Marley in a handsome new musical based upon the reggae legend’s life and songs. Directed by Clint Dyer and written by Lee Hall, it’s not entirely clear yet whether it will be a conventional biographical drama or just focus on a period of Marley’s life, although it’s possibly of note that Kene is around the age Marley was at his commercial peak.

Curiously, ‘Get Up, Stand Up!’ would seem to have displaced ‘One Love’, a 2017 musical about Marley by Young Vic artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah that had a successful fun in Birmingham and was assumed to be West End-bound. One assumes it’s down to the Marley estate, who’ve enthusiastically thrown their weight and support behind this new endeavour. 




Venue name: Lyric Theatre
Address: Shaftesbury Avenue
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Price: £20-£99.50

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