“The Harder They Come first hit the big screen back in the early seventies, and was an immediate, unstoppable sensation. It helped launch its star, Jimmy Cliff, onto the worldwide stage and made reggae an international phenomenon. Now, four decades on, UK Arts International is taking its acclaimed stage version of the show on a world tour….
The Harder They Come tells the classic tale of ‘country bwoy’ Ivan, as he arrives in Kingston, Jamaica, with little more than a suitcase and an unquenchable belief in his own extraordinary talent. Ivan’s struggles against a corrupt music industry establishment, and his own descent into the crime-ridden underworld in order to protect his dream are as relevant today as they have ever been.
Featuring the timeless songs made famous by Jimmy Cliff, The Maytals and Desmond Dekker, amongst others, The Harder They Come weaves the reggae sounds of 70’s Kingston into a dynamic, fast-paced musical spectacle.
With all the spirit of the iconic film, but with a heartbeat all of its own, The Harder They Come is a must see for anyone with a little bit of Ivan in them.
“Faithfully distils the movie’s music, characters and soul.” – The Standard