ONE LOVE: THE BOB MARLEY MUSICAL
Music and Lyrics by Bob Marley
Book by Kwame Kwei-Armah
BIRMINGHAM REPERTORY THEATRE PRESENTS ONE LOVE: THE BOB MARLEY
MUSICAL – A COMPELLING NEW MUSICAL ABOUT A DRAMATIC PERIOD IN THE LIFE
OF THE LEGENDARY BOB MARLEY
WITH UNPRECEDENTED ACCESS TO THE ENTIRE MARLEY CATALOGUE, THE
MUSICAL FEATURES MARLEY’S GREATEST SONGS PERFORMED LIVE BY THE CAST,
INCLUDING NO WOMAN NO CRY, EXODUS, JAMMING, AND MANY MORE
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY KWAME KWEI-ARMAH, THE UK PREMIERE WILL OPEN
AT BIRMINGHAM REPERTORY THEATRE ON 10TH MARCH AND RUN UNTIL 8TH APRIL
TICKETS GO ON SALE ON FRIDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER, 10AM TO MEMBERS WITH
PUBLIC BOOKING OPENING FRIDAY 7TH OCTOBER, 10AM. FOR FURTHER
INFORMATION VISIT WWW.BIRMINGHAM-REP.CO.UK
The premiere of One Love: The Bob Marley Musical, a new musical focusing on a defining
period of global legend Bob Marley’s life and career in the 1970s, will open at Birmingham
Repertory Theatre in March 2017.
Cedella Marley said: “On behalf of the Marley family I am thrilled that our father’s story
is going to be brought to the stage with this production. Birmingham is a natural place
for its UK premiere. With its great mix of cultures, it’s a city where my father performed
to audiences that were captivated by his presence, and we have no doubt that telling the
story through music to a new generation in Birmingham will be part of his continuing
One Love: The Bob Marley Musical tells the story of a man propelled from rising reggae
star to global icon, and brings Marley’s inspirational music catalogue to the stage for the
first time. To help unite his beloved homeland Jamaica, which is on the brink of a civil
war, he must first find his own peace.
Kwame Kwei-Armah said: “Few artists have had as big an effect on the world as Bob
Marley. Even fewer as big an effect on me. I feel continually blessed and honoured to
dance with Bob in this way.”
Following an assassination attempt made on the eve of a concert organised to calm
political tensions in an increasingly violent Jamaica, Marley left Jamaica for London where
he spent almost two years in self-imposed exile. Whilst in England Marley recorded the
internationally acclaimed albums Exodus and Kaya, the former staying in the British album
charts for fifty-six consecutive weeks. In 1978, Marley finally returned to his beloved
Jamaica, where the political situation had deteriorated, to perform the One Love Peace
Concert. During the performance, at the insistence of Marley, the leaders of the two
opposing political parties came on stage, where he joined their hands in symbolic unity,
resulting in a profound and transformative moment in the history of this country’s difficult
Presented by Birmingham Repertory Theatre in association with Playful Productions and
Stage Play Limited.
One Love: The Bob Marley Musical is presented with approval of and in co-operation
with the Marley family and Tuff Gong Pictures L.P. and has been developed with the
support of Blue Mountain Music.
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Chloe Pritchard-Gordon or Ben Chamberlain at The Corner Shop PR:
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ONE LOVE: THE BOB MARLEY MUSICAL
10 March – 8 April
Performances Monday – Saturday with 2.00pm matinee performances on Thursdays and 4pm
matinee performances on Saturdays excluding 11 March.
Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP
Birmingham Repertory Theatre Box Office: 0121 236 4455
Online Booking: www.birmingham-rep.co.uk
Tickets from £15. Previews from £10
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Bob Marley (1945-1981)
Bob Marley was one of the most important artists of the 20th Century, and the first
Jamaican artist to gain worldwide fame. A musical, political and even spiritual icon, a
figure of almost mystical proportions, no artist has so dominated his genre in the history of
modern music as Marley has reggae. In the digital era Marley is in the top 15 of all
Facebook pages and Top 5 among musical artists, with the official Bob Marley Facebook
page now surpassing 73 million likes. His music catalogue has sold more than 50 million
albums worldwide since 1992 and his accolades continue, including an induction into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1994), a GRAMMY© Lifetime Achievement Award (2001),
multiple entries in the GRAMMY© Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2001).
Some of his best known songs include: Exodus, No Woman No Cry, Jamming, Redemption
Song, Three Little Birds, I Shot The Sheriff, and Trenchtown Rock.
In December 1999, his 1977 album Exodus was named Album of the Century by Time
Magazine and his song One Love was designated Song of the Millennium by the BBC. Since
its release in 1984, Marley’s Legend compilation has annually sold over 250,000 copies.
In recognition of his courageous attempt to bridge Jamaica’s cavernous political divide,
Bob travelled to the United Nations in New York where he received the organization’s
Medal of Peace on 6
th June, 1978.
One of the 20th century’s most charismatic and challenging performers, Bob Marley’s
renown now transcends the role of reggae luminary: he is regarded as a cultural icon.
Bobmarley.com, facebook.com/BobMarley, Instagram.com/bobmarleyofficial
Kwame Kwei-Armah is the Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage where he has
directed Marley, One Night in Miami…, Amadeus, dance of the holy ghosts, The
Mountaintop; An Enemy of the People; The Whipping Man and Things of Dry Hours. For
the Public Theater New York; Twelve Night, Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing,
Detroit ’67 (World Premiere). Other credits include; The Liquid Plain (Signature Theater,
New York/Oregon Shakespeare Festival, World Premiere), and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess:
In Concert with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Kwame was Artistic Director for the Festival of Black Arts and Culture, Senegal, 2010. He
conceived and directed the opening ceremony at Senghor National Stadium.
Among his works as playwright are Marley, Beneatha’s place, (Baltimore Center stage)
Elmina’s Kitchen, Fix Up, Statement of Regret (National Theatre) Let There Be Love,
Seize the day (Tricycle Theatre). He has served on the boards of the National Theatre and
the Tricycle Theatre, was the Chancellor of the University of the Arts London (2010-15),
and in 2012 was awarded an OBE for services to drama.
In 2012, ‘13 and ‘14, Kwame was named Best Director in City Paper’s Best of Baltimore.
In 2015 he was nominated for the prestigious Stage Directors and Choreographers’ Zelda
Fichandler Award for Best Regional Artistic Director. In 2016 he was awarded the Urban
Visionary Award alongside House Representative Elijah Cummings by the Center for Urban
Families for his work in the Baltimore community.
Kwame is currently directing One Night in Miami… at the Donmar Warehouse.