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Harder They Come goes live on stage

PUBLISHED: 15:48 07 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:04 05 October 2010

Harder They Come at the Barbican till March 30

Harder They Come at the Barbican till March 30

A MUSICAL production marking a defining moment in Jamaican culture hits the Barbican today in the start of a month-long run. Based on the groundbreaking film of the same name, which starred Jimmy Cliff and launched reggae onto a world stage, The Harder They Come runs till April 5

By Victoria Huntley

A MUSICAL production marking a defining moment in Jamaican culture hits the Barbican today in the start of a month-long run.

Based on the groundbreaking film of the same name, which starred Jimmy Cliff and launched reggae onto a world stage, The Harder They Come runs until Saturday, April 5.

Set in the 1970s, young singer Ivan Martin heads to Kingston with dreams of becoming a reggae star.

But the harsh reality of the Jamaican music scene drives him into a fast and furious life as an outlaw.

In 2005, the original 1973 film was developed into a stage musical by the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, where it played two sell-out runs.

The show features returning cast members from the original Stratford production, including Rolan Bell as Ivan and Joanna Francis as Elsa.

Accompanied by a live reggae band, the cast perform all the classic songs from the film soundtrack, including You Can Get It If You Really Want, By the Rivers of Babylon and Many Rivers to Cross.

Performance times vary. Tickets £10-£30 from 020 7638 8891, or online: www.barbican.org.uk

And real fans will not miss seeing Perry Henzell's original film, showing at the Barbican as part of a series of classic70s and 80s Jamaican films, March 12 to March 30.

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