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ONE LOVE: THE BOB MARLEY MUSICAL

Music and Lyrics by Bob Marley

Book by Kwame Kwei-Armah

30.09.16

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

2017

 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

legacy. “

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

political journey.

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.

ENDS

For further information please contact

Chloe Pritchard-Gordon or Ben Chamberlain at The Corner Shop PR:

Chloe@thecornershoppr.com | Ben@thecornershoppr.com

0207 831 7657

For Birmingham Repertory Theatre please contact

Clare.jepson-homer@birmingham-rep.co.uk / 0121 245 2072

NOTES TO EDITORS

IMAGES AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD HERE

USERNAME: onelove

PASSWORD: marley

LISTINGS INFORMATION

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

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.


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