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Clint Dyer to replace Dominic Cooke as director of new Bob Marley West End musical

Get Up, Stand Up! is due to open in the West End next February

Clint Dyer and Dominic Cooke
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Clint Dyer will replace Dominic Cooke as the director on the upcoming Get Up, Stand Up – The Bob Marley Musical.

Dyer, whose credits include The Big Life at Theatre Royal Stratford East and Death of England (with Roy Williams) at the National Theatre, will take on the project ahead of its world premiere next spring.

Cooke, who was previously artistic director at the Royal Court and has recent credits including Follies, said today: "In recent weeks the conversation about race has changed in theatre, as it has across society. With that in mind, and after much reflection, I have decided to step aside from my role to make way for Clint Dyer to lead the project.

"Clint is a brilliant theatre-maker and an inspiring leader. I can't wait to see what he brings to this powerful story. I have offered to support him in whatever way I can."

In a statement Dyer said: "Having had the pleasure and education of working for Dominic as a writer/director at the Royal Court and with him at the National Theatre as an actor spanning decades, he has always been a man of great integrity, sensitivity and of course immense talent. So, in many regards it is of no surprise, that while having actually earned his ‘stripes' as it were, he would still show such respect, dignity and heart. I have great admiration for his decision, and I am incredibly honoured to be offered the opportunity to take on the role of director.

"As a British-Jamaican I have been a Marleyite since I could hear, so understand the great honour this actually is. I hope we can take forward the amazing work that Lee and Dominic have done so far and bring this story to life in a conscious, uplifting and joyous way. Bob has been an inspiration to millions and right now we need his unifying voice and ideas, to guide and inspire us towards redemption and true hope for the future."

Penned by Lee Hall (Billy Eliott), the show is due to star Arinzé Kene (Misty) in the titular role. The show will feature some of Marley's iconic songs, including "No Woman, No Cry", "Exodus", "3 Little Birds" and "Get Up Stand Up".