Reasons To See 'Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical At The Lyric Theatre

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The name Bob Marley is quite probably the first you think of when someone mentions reggae music in conversation.  The iconic and pioneering musician spread the word and promoted the message of Rastafarianism, Pan-Africanism and togetherness through timeless and catchy songs such as "Exodus" and "Is This Love" and despite his untimely passing at the age of 36 in 1981, his contributions to the music that continues to inspire and delight is still as strong today as it ever was. Marley's songs have been covered by countless artists over the past four decades and he is still considered as a true Jamaican icon.

The life and career of the great Bob Marley has now been immortalised in a West End musical at the Lyric Theatre as 'Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical' now spreads the word (and the love) to new and old audiences in the capital. The popular jukebox musical highlights Marley's short and  complicated life, from his upbringing up in Kingston, to finding fame and moving to the UK all the way to his eventual death. For die hard fans, or even for people who simply want to experience his incredible and joyous music, a Bob Marley musical seemed almost inevitable and is almost welcomed like a rite of passage.

Here's our complete guide to what to expect from Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical. Tickets to Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical are available to book either online or through the box office.

What is the plot of the show Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical About?
The musical charts the incredible life and career of the iconic Jamaican reggae artist, Bob Marley.  In his younger years, after growing up in a troubled home, Marley found mental refuge by creating music, and along with his group, The Wailers, Marley eventually found his way to the top of the charts with a cover version of “I Shot the Sheriff” which topped the U.S Billboard Hot 100 in 1973 to bring them instant fame. Following further recording success, the band moved across the sea to London before Marley eventually split from the band to go solo.

All the money and success couldn’t buy life for Bob Marley though and he lived a troublesome existence in his final years, surviving an assassination attempt by seven armed men in Kingston in 1976 before eventually passing away from cancer in 1981. 

Marley's short life was inspirational for so many people around the world though and his song “One Love” was even performed at a political concert, which saw rival leaders Edward Seaga and Michael Manley actually shake hands in the midst of a civil war. Both the face and future of Jamaica was shaped by Bob Marley and his legacy lives on to this day.  His story is now told live on stage in Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical.

Where does Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical play in London?


The musical is the current resident production at the Lyric Theatre which is one of six West End theatres located on Shaftesbury Avenue. Previous shows recently performed at the venue include Thriller Live which played for over a decade. 

How long does Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical last?


The musical has a running time of 2 hours and 30 minutes. Evening performances begin at 7:30pm and finish at 10:00pm. Matinee shows begin at 2:30pm and finish at 5:00pm.

Which days of the week does Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical play?


Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical plays a total of eight performances per week. Evening performances are daily from Tuesday until Sunday, and matinee shows are on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. 

When did Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical first open?


Previews for Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical began at the Lyric Theatre on October 1st, 2021 and had an official opening on October 18th. 

Who wrote the show Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical?


The original story for Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical was written by Lee Hall who also wrote the popular West End musical Billy Elliot. Hall’s other previous playwriting credits include 'Network', 'Shakespeare in Love' and 'Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour' and has also worked on screenplays such as 'Cats' and 'Rocketman'.

Who are the characters in Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical?


All of the main characters are based on real people and are listed here;

Bob Marley: The iconic Jamaican reggae writer/musician who changed the course of music and religion with harmony. Marley passed away from cancer in Florida at the young age of 36. 

Rita Marley: Rita Marley is still alive today and was part of the backing vocal group, I Threes. She got married to Marley in 1966 and they stayed together until his death 1981. 

Judy Mowatt: Another Jamaican reggae artist who was a member of the I Threes alongside Rita Marley.

Marcia Griffiths: Also part of the I Threes alongside Rita Marley.

Cindy Breakspeare: The Canadian-Jamaican singer was crowned Miss World in 1976 and had a child with Bob Marley, a boy named Damian.

Bunny Wailer: The Grammy-winning Jamaican singer-songwriter was part of Marley's reggae band 'The Wailers'. He won three Grammy Awards in 1991, 1995 & 1997 for 'Best Reggae Album' in 1991, 1995 and 1997.

Peter Tosh: Another iconic Jamaican singer-songwriter who sadly passed away in 1987 and was part of 'The Wailers' alongside Bob Marley. 

Which songs feature in Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical?


Any musical inspired by Bob Marley is bound to filled with his most iconic and recognisable hit songs. Full listing here in chronological order;

Act One

“Lively Up Yourself”
“Could You Be Loved”
“Trench Town Rock”
“Duppy Conqueror”
“Is This Love”
“Small Axe”
“Stir it Up”
“Concrete Jungle”
“Talkin' Blues”
“Roots, Rock, Reggae”
“Turn Your Lights Down Low”
“Kinky Reggae”
“Rebel Music”
“I Shot the Sheriff”
“War”
“Jamming”

Act Two

“Exodus”
“Punky Reggae Party”
“Waiting in Vain”
“Running Away”
“Jamming”
“No Woman No Cry”
“So Much Things to Say”
“Redemption Song”
“Three Little Birds”
“One Love”
“Could You Be Loved”
“Get Up, Stand Up!”

Has Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical won any awards?


Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical has been nominated for four Olivier Awards, with Arinze Kene winning the category for 'Best Actor In A Musical'.

 

How to get tickets to Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical?


The Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical has brought some welcome Jamaican vibes into the West End. Come and discover Bob Marley’s inspirational life and career in musical form at the Lyric Theatre. The current season of Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical will end on January 8th, 2023, when the production will embark on a UK tour. Tickets are available to book either online or directly from the box office at the theatre.

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