NEW IMAGES FROM A REHEARSAL WORKSHOP HAVE BEEN RELEASED OF Arinzé KENE AS BOB MARLEY.
Following a rehearsal workshop in April, producers have released images of Arinzé Kene who will star as Bob Marley in the new musical Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical which begins performances at the Lyric Theatre on 1 October 2021 with an opening night on 20th October.
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. Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical is about the legendary Rastafarian Bob Marley. The musical takes inspiration from Marley’s imaginative lyrics to tell his extraordinary life story from beginning to end. The musical features an electrifying mix of Bob Marley’s greatest hits performed live on stage.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Bob Marley is best known for putting reggae on the global radar and for uniting his native country of Jamaica during its dark era of warring factions.
With unlimited access to Marley’s platinum-selling catalogue of music, the multi-award-winning team of Lee Hall (writer), Clint Dyer (director), and Arinzé Kene (Bob Marley) 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.
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 many more.
Kene is a writer and performer whose most recent one-man play, Misty, ran at the Bush Theatre to widespread critical acclaim and transferred to the West End. For this show he was nominated for 2 Olivier awards – Best Actor and Best New Play.
Recent TV credits include a vital role in the BBC’s thriller opposite Paddy Considine –Informer, PopTV / UKTV series Flack opposite Anna Paquin, Dominic Savage’s unique I Am… opposite Gemma Chan for Channel 4, E4/Netflix Original series Crazyhead and the BBC One adaptation of Andrea Levy’s novel The Long Song.
Clint Dyer’s work in theatre as a director includes The Big Life at the Apollo-West End and Stratford East (Olivier, Evening Standard, TMA and What’s On Theatre goers Awards nomination); Kingston 14 at Stratford East; The Westbridge (Writer’s Guild Award for Best New Play) at the Royal Court; and Lady MacWata (also co-deviser) at Voila Theatre Festival.
Lee Hall is an award-winning British playwright and screenwriter. Lee wrote the book and lyrics for Billy Elliot The Musical which ran for over a decade in the West End, receiving the Olivier Award for Best New Musical and 10 Tonys for the Broadway production, amongst others. The successful musical has subsequently toured the globe, with productions around the world. Lee’s theatre credits include The Pitmen Painters, Cooking with Elvis and the stage adaptations of Shakespeare in Love in the West End, and Network starring Bryan Cranston at the National Theatre in London and on Broadway. He wrote the screenplay for Rocketman, the musical film based on the life of Sir Elton John.
Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical is partnering with the Black Ticket Project. During the course of the first booking perdion 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. Black Ticket Project works with independent youth workers, youth organisations, schools and charities, and cultural organisations to foster cultural experiences for Black young people.
Tickets are now on sale until 3 April 2022 from www.getupstandupthemusical.com