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Harder They Come, The

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The definitive reggae musical arrives at the Barbican. Read More >

Following two sell out runs at Theatre Royal Stratford East, the exhilarating delights of The Harder They Come arrive at the Barbican. The musical is based on the groundbreaking film of the same name which starred Jimmy Cliff and is credited with launching reggae onto the world stage.

Alongside a live reggae band, the cast perform all the classic songs from the soundtrack, including You Can Get It If You Realy Want and By The Rivers Of Babylon.

This production contains some strong language and is suitable for theatregoers aged 12 and over.

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Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 06/03/2008

Opening Night: 11/03/2008

Closing Night: 05/04/2008

Running time: 170 mins (including interval)

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Cast & Creative


Director - Kerry Michael and Dawn Reid

Producer - A Theatre Royal Stratford East and UK Arts Production

Designer - Ultz

Choreographer - Jackie Guy

Author - Perry Henzel

About Barbican Theatre

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

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