Runtime: 2h 30m
Yep it’s a jukebox musical about the life and times of the great Bob Marley, but jukebox musicals can be a class act. The talent on board suggests this one will be. Billy Elliot writer, Lee Hall, has penned the script and National Theatre deputy artistic director Clint Dyer is at the helm. I reckon there is a good chance that between them this team will pull this off something special, and that’s before you add in the audience who are likely to bring an extra dimension to a show that aims to make us hear those familiar songs in new ways.
Lively up yourself and celebrate the story of Jamaica’s global superstar, as this electrifying new production bursts into life from October 2021 at the newly renovated Lyric Theatre. “One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain” Bob Marley From the hills of rural Jamaica, armed only with his overwhelming talent and righteous beliefs, Bob Marley applied himself with resolute determination to achieve international acclaim for his prophetic musical message – a gospel of love and unity. With unlimited access to Marley’s platinum-selling catalogue of music, the multi award-winning team of Lee Hall (writer) and Clint Dyer (director) capture the rebellious spirit and story of this universal icon. A euphoric company of performers fuse with the finest reggae musicians to bring this triumphant tale of passion, political unrest and progress from Trenchtown to the West End. ‘It’s not all that glitters is gold, half the story has never been told’ - Bob Marley Lose yourself to the rhythm of 'Exodus', 'No Woman No Cry', 'Waiting in Vain', 'Three Little Birds', ‘I Shot the Sheriff’, 'Could You Be Loved', 'Redemption Song' and so much more. Don’t miss the world premiere of The Bob Marley Musical! Book your tickets early & secure the best seats at the best prices. Venue Dispatch: Please note you will be contacted by the venue 24-48 hours before the performance with instructions on how to check-in and retrieve your e-ticket
It’s not all that glitters is gold, half the story has never been told.
From rural Jamaica to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Robert Nesta Marley OM has had an undeniable impact on the world of music. Now, his incredible story is told on stage in Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical.
After making its debut at the Lyric Theatre in 2021, Get Up, Stand Up! has taken the West End by storm with its uplifting and exuberant performances. It was nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards in 2022, including Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical, and Best Original Score or New Orchestrations, which was won by Simon Hale.
The show features some of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ greatest hits, including Jamming, Exodus, Waiting in Vain, Three Little Birds, Could You Be Loved, Redemption Song, and One Love — all brought to life by some of the world’s most talented Reggae musicians.
Bob Marley’s story is adapted for the stage by Lee Hall, the award-winning writer of Billy Elliot: The Musical and the Elton John biopic, Rocketman. Get Up, Stand Up! is directed by Clint Dyer, the award-winning director of the Death of England trilogy for the National Theatre and Sky Arts.
David Aldbury takes on the role of Bob Marley, following star turns in The Lion King and Motown: The Musical. He plays opposite Cleopatra Rey as Rita Marley, Jacade Simpson as Bunny Wailer, Craig Blake as DJ Sway/Claudie Massop, Julene Robinson as Mama, Charles Blyth as Chris Blackwell, Melissa Brown Taylor as Marcia Griffiths, Shanay Holmes as Cindy Brakespeare, Rohan Pinnock-Hamilton as Peter Tosh, and Newton Matthews as Coxsone Dodd/Lee Perry/Bucky.
The Bob Marley Musical has received five-star reviews from publications across the UK. The Daily Telegraph calls it “a brilliant show celebrating Marley’s genius.” “Dazzlingly dynamic,” says The Evening Standard. “A joyful night out that is a major and important cultural event.”
“Brings to life a legend,” says the I. “An exhilarating tribute to the man, his message, and his music.”
“Every song has magic,” says the Guardian, while the Mail on Sunday describes the show as: “Soulful, glorious, pulsating.”
The Bob Marley Musical has announced it will close in January 2023, so tickets are running out fast.
Performances take place at the Lyric Theatre every Tuesday – Saturday at 7.30 pm and Sundays at 7 pm, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2.30 pm. A special Christmas schedule will also run from Tuesday, December 20th to the show’s final performance on Sunday, January 8th.