Made in Dagenham The Musical starring Gemma Arterton
Adelphi Theatre, Strand, London, WC2E 7NA
Gemma Arterton stars in big new musical Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi Theatre, based on the hit British film.
Award-winning director Rupert Goold (American Psycho, Enron) presents a major new West End musical based on the smash-hit British movie Made in Dagenham.
Featuring Hollywood and British film and stage star Gemma Arterton in the lead role of Rita O’Grady, the show is coming to the West End’s Adelphi Theatre from 9 October 2014.
This uplifting new musical comedy about friendship, love and the importance of fighting for what is right promises to be a huge West End hit.
Acclaimed movie and TV actress Gemma Arterton (The Voices, Tamara Drewe, Quantum of Solace, St Trinian’s) stars as Rita in the show, joined by Adrian Der Gregorian (Mr Burns, Rocky Horror Show) as her husband Eddie.
Other cast include Isla Blair (The History Boys) as Conni, David Cardy (Dreamboats and Petticoats) as Monty and Sophie Stanton (Beautiful Thing) as Beryl, joined by Gareth Snook, Steve Furst, Mark Hadfield, Sophie-Louise Dann and Naomi Frederick. Also Sophie Stanton, Heather Craney, Sophie Isaacs, Julius D’Silva, Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Thomas Aldridge, Kate Coysten, Christopher Howell, Scott Garnham, Ian Jervis, Paul Kemble, Emma Lindars, Jo Napthine, Tracey Penn, Gemma Salter, Rachel Spurrell, Emily Squibb, Karli Vale and Rene Zagger.
Multi-award winning director Rupert Goold (American Psycho, Enron) is directing the show, with designs by Bunny Christie (The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time) and choreography by Aletta Collins (His Dark Materials).
The show features a book by Olivier Award winner Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors, Great Britain ), music by BAFTA and Grammy award winning composer David Arnold (the Bond movies) and lyrics by Olivier Award winner Richard Thomas (Jerry Spring The Opera).
Made in Dagenham is based on the real story of the women of the Ford car factory in Dagenham. Set in Dagenham, Essex in 1968, Rita O’Grady is an ordinary married women trying to hold everything together including a job. But when it is announced to her and the other girls in the sewing room of Ford’s Dagenham car plant that they will have their pay downgraded to “unskilled”, her life is about to change forever.
Drawing on an inner strength that she never knew she had, Rita leads her friends in a battle against the mighty Ford corporation and against the corrupt Union that is supposed to be helping them. As their journey goes beyond anything they had originally imagined, Rita must balance the fight for the rights of her and women workers everywhere with the keeping her personal life intact.
A funny, touching story that is as relevant now as in the Sixties, Made in Dagenham shows how ordinary people can do extraordinary things when they stand together.