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  • Rolan Bell On ... His Reggae Education
    Within weeks of making his professional debut, actor Rolan Bell was cast as Ivanhoe Martin, the aspiring singer who becomes an outlaw, in the stage version of The Harder They Come, based on the 1972 Jamaican film that starred Jimmy Cliff and introduced reggae to a worldwide audience. The musical premiered at Theatre Royal Stratford East in April 2006 and, following rave reviews and two more limited sell-out seasons, transferred last month to the West End’s Playhouse Theatre. Bell has reprised his role as Ivan in all the show’s stagings to date.