Arinzé Kene will star as Bob Marley in a new musical based on the musician’s life that will premiere in the West End next year.
Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Story will reopen the Lyric Theatre following a period of refurbishment that will take place when the theatre’s current show, Thriller Live, closes in April.
The musical, which was first announced last year, will feature songs from Marley’s back catalogue, with a book by Lee Hall. It will be directed by Dominic Cooke.
Kene will play Marley in the show, which tells the story of Marley’s life.
The musician’s daughter, Cedella Marley, said: “Our father’s music means so much to so many people around the world, we’re beyond thrilled to be able to bring it to both fans and new audiences alike in a new way.
“As a family we feel that our father would be proud to know that his legacy is a source of creative inspiration and continues to bring people together.”
Get Up, Stand Up! begins performances at the Lyric on February 6, 2021, with further information to be announced.
It is produced by Playful Productions, Stage Play and Trim the Wind, a new “multi-platform production company” from Kwame Kwei-Armah.
Kwei-Armah was previously involved in another musical based on Marley’s life, One Love, which ran at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 2017.