Why Should You Go And See Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical in London?

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It is a huge tribute to the man himself that when the majority of people think of reggae music, that one particular artist instantly springs to mind. Bob Marley was the pioneering musician who spread the powerful messages of togetherness, Pan-Africanism, and Rastafarianism through a catalogue of instantly recognisable songs such as "Three Little Birds", "Is This Love" and "Exodus." Although Marley left this earth at the tragically young age of 36 in 1981, his contribution to modern music know no bound as artists continue to reference Bob Marley songs in their music today, and Bob Marley is still revered and considered to be a true Jamaican icon.

Both the life and career of Bob Marley has now been immortalised in the form of the West End show Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical which charts his short but complicated life, from growing up in Kingston, to living in the UK and his eventual and untimely death. If you’re a fan of Bob Marley, or simply want to experience his music live on stage, then the Bob Marley musical could almost be seen as a rite of passage.

Here's our guide for what to expect from the West End production of Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical which currently showcases at at the Lyric Theatre in London. 

What is the show Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical About?

The musical charts the life and career of the iconic Jamaican singer, Bob Marley. Following his upbringing in a troubled household, Marley found mental refuge by creating music. Along with his band, The Wailers, Marley rose to the top of the charts with his cover version of “I Shot the Sheriff” reaching the top spot in 1973 on the Billboard Hot 100. After achieving commercial recording success, the band relocated to London and continued to perform before Marley eventually parted ways from the band to go solo.

Marley lived a turbulent existence though and all the money in the world couldn’t buy him life. During his final years, Marley was almost assassinated by a group of armed men in Kingston before eventually passing away tragically from cancer in 1981. The musical version of Bob Marley's life story however features plenty of inspiring moments to take away from Marley’s life. His catchy and instantly recognisable song “One Love” was once performed at a political concert, and saw leaders Edward Seaga and Michael Manley shake hands while in the midst of a civil war. It is said that Bob Marley changed both the face and future of Jamaica as a nation, and his story is told live on stage in the form of Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical.

Which theatre does Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical play at?

Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical is the current resident show at the Lyric Theatre.  Recent shows that have recently showcased at the venue include 'Thriller Live' and 'Six The Musical'.

What is the duration of the show Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical?

The running time for Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical is 2 hours and 30 minutes with evening performances beginning at 7:30pm and finishing at approximately 10pm. Matinee performances begin at 2:30pm and typically finish at 5:00pm.

Does Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical play every day?

The current performance schedule Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical is eight shows per week at the Lyric Theatre with evening performances taking place from Tuesday to Sunday, and afternoon matinee performances on both Saturday and Sunday.

When was the premiere of Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical?

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

Who created the 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 worked on the hugely successful production - Billy Elliot, which showcased for 11 years at the Victoria Palace Theatre. Hall’s other playwriting credits include 'Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour',  'Shakespeare in Love' and 'Network'. He has also collaborated on several musical screenplays including 'Cats' and 'Rocketman'.

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

The characters featured in Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical story are based on real people, with many of the main characters still alive today.

Bob Marley: The Jamaican reggae icon who changed the face and future of both music and religion with harmony. Marley tragically passed away at the young age of 36 in Florida from cancer. 

Rita Marley: Rita Marley is a Jamaican singer and formed part of the backing vocal group, I Threes. Rita married Bob Marley in 1966 and they remained together until his death in 1981. 

Judy Mowatt: A Jamaican reggae artist who also was part of the I Threes along with Rita Marley. 

Marcia Griffiths: A Jamaican reggae artist who was part of the I Threes with Judy Mowatt and Rita Marley. 

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

Bunny Wailer: Three-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter who formed part of Marley's band, The Wailers. 

Peter Tosh: Legendary singer-songwriter who was also part of reggae group The Wailers. Tosh sadly passed away in 1987.

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

Any Bob Marley-inspired musical is going to be packed with a catalogue of Bob Marley’s greatest and most famous hits. Here is the full list of songs featured in the show..

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 is currently nominated for 4 Olivier Awards;

'Best New Musical'
'Best Actor in a Musical' 
'Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical'
'Best Original Score or New Orchestrations'

How do I book tickets to Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical

Tickets to Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical can be booked securely online through Theatretickets-London.co.uk or directly from the box office at the Lyric Theatre.

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