23 July 2020

Clint Dyer to direct Bob Marley musical after Dominic Cooke steps aside

Clint Dyer is set to replace Dominic Cooke as director of the Bob Marley musical after Cooke stepped aside.

Cooke’s decision came after he acknowledged that ‘the conversation about race has changed in theatre, as it has across society’.

The 54 year-old is best known for his work on Follies and the Olivier Award-winning Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

He was initially set to direct ‘Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Story’ ahead of it’s opening in Spring 2021 at London’s West End. 

Dominic Cooke is happy to hand over the role to Dyer (ABACA/PA Images)

But Dyer, 51, who wrote and directed Death of England and Sylvia Plath, will now lead the project.

Cooke said: "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… The world needs Bob Marley’s transformative message now more than ever.”

Dyer, in response to the announcement, said: "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.”

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