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The Bob Marley musical | Frieze | Kew Gardens
Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical, Lyric Theatre, London, until 3 April, 2022
This is not another “easy jukebox riff of greatest hits” or “rags-to-riches story”, says Stephen Armstrong in The Sunday Times. “The clue is in the title – the song Get Up, Stand Up is not about one love, it’s about standing up for your rights.” The show focuses on the reggae superstar’s time in London in the 1970s, and how he kept his political message at the heart of his music while appealing to white audiences. Rising British actors Arinzé Kene and Gabrielle Brooks play Bob and Rita Marley. From £15.
Freize London and Frieze Masters, Regent’s Park, London, 13-17 October
Next week is a big one for art in London. Frieze London and Frieze Masters return after a two-year hiatus, with leading galleries from 39 countries taking part (from £46 each). For something more affordable, check out The Other Art Fair at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, a showcase for emerging talent presented by Saatchi Art. There will be DJ sets, “sound baths” and tequila tastings (14-17 October; from £11). At Somerset House, the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair will showcase works from 48 international galleries, including 20 from Africa (14-17 October; from £25). This is one of the best times to check out exhibitions, with galleries making an extra effort for collectors visiting the capital for the fairs.
Japan, Kew Gardens, London, until 31 October
Britain’s best-loved botanical garden is celebrating Japan’s plants, art, and culture this autumn. Highlights include a momigigari trail, inspired by the tradition of visiting areas rich with red autumnal foliage, a large-scale art installation by Chiharu Shiota in the Temperate House and colourful chrysanthemums (Japan’s national flower). From £17.50.
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Hurvin Anderson: Reverb, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, 12 October to 4 December
Despite being shortlisted for the Turner prize in 2017, Hurvin Anderson “remains somewhat under the radar”, says Alastair Sooke in The Daily Telegraph. But perhaps not for much longer. He’s one of 31 artists featured in the Hayward Gallery’s Mixing It Up exhibition (until 12 December; £12), and from December will have three paintings on display in a Tate Britain show exploring British-Caribbean art. This solo exhibition includes “several large, wonderfully woozy works” inspired by abandoned hotels in Jamaica, where his parents were born. Free.