Earlier this year, it was announced that a new musical about the life of Bob Marley, named Get Up, Stand Up!, would premiere at the Lyric Theatre in February 2021.

The show would be written by Lee Hall (Billy ElliotNetwork), directed by Dominic Cooke (FolliesMa Rainey’s Black Bottom) and feature Arinze Kene (Girl from the North CountryMisty) in the titular role.

In the last week, however, Cooke announced that he would be stepping down as director: “In recent weeks the conversation about race has changed in theatre, as it has across society. With that in mind, and after much reflection, I have decided to step aside from my role to make way for Clint Dyer to lead the project.

Dyer, whose previous directorial work includes The Big Life at Theatre Royal Stratford East and Death of England at the National Theatre, said he greatly admired Cooke’s decision and is incredibly honoured to be offered the opportunity to take on the role of director. Having grown up listening to Bob Marley, both Kene and Dyer view working on the musical to be a privilege and an opportunity to spread Marley’s message further.

“As a British-Jamaican I have been a Marleyite since I could hear, so understand the great honour this actually is,” says Dyer. “Bob has been an inspiration to millions and right now we need his unifying voice and ideas, to guide and inspire us towards redemption and true hope for the future.”

Get Up, Stand Up! Is due to open at the Lyric Theatre next February. Get tickets and find out more here.