Bob Marley musical coming to the UK in 2017

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A Bob Marley stage musical based on his life and music is coming to the UK next year.

One Love: The Bob Marley Musical will feature the reggae legend’s classic tracks including ‘No Woman No Cry’, ‘Exodus’ and ‘Jamming’. It is set to premiere at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre on March 10 in 2017 and will run until April 8.

It has the blessing of his family, including his daughter Cadella, who said Birmingham was a “natural place for its UK premiere”, adding: “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.”

The show has been written and directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah and is an updated version of his show Marley, which he staged in Baltimore last year.

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Earlier this year, Lee Scratch Perry spoke about Marley on his 80th birthday: “He wanted to be loved and respected like me, so it worked,” he said.

“He’d learn about history and could understand everything, very fast. You’d tell him something and he’d pick it up instantly.”

Perry famously burnt down his recording studio The Black Ark when he thought it had been possessed by Satan. Speaking of that memorable event, Perry explained: “Burning up the studio was a way of burning the demon, burning up the bad luck that had come to the people who lived in Jamaica. There is a Jewish saying that if you don’t burn the demon, maybe you die instead of him.”