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Made in Dagenham – New Poster released

September 19, 2014 

Photo Update: A new poster has been released for forthcoming musical Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi Theatre starring Gemma Arterton.

The big new musical of the Autumn season in the West End is Made in Dagenham – starting previews at the Adelphi Theatre from 9 October 2014.

And producers have released a new poster for the show.

New poster for Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi Theatre

New poster for Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi Theatre

Baz Bamigboye in the Daily Mail today (19 September 2014), said that “director Rupert Goold has cast the show with sublime actors” – and we couldn’t agree more.

“I think Gemma will be doing big musicals in 20 to 30 years’ time” Rupert Goold

The lead role of Rita (played by Sally Hawkins in the film version) will be played by British movie and stage actress Gemma Arterton (The Voices, Tamara Drewe, Quantum of Solace, St Trinian’s), with a strong supporting cast including hot newcomer Adrian der Gregorian (Mr Burns, Rocky Horror Show) as Eddie, veteran stage actress Isla Blair as Connie and Beautiful Thing’s Sophie Stanton.

The show is directed by award-winning director Rupert Goold, who currently has a hit running in the West End with King Charles III at the Wyndham’s Theatre. He said to the Mail that Gemma Arterton is, “so beautiful, and obviously film-starry, but she’s also an accomplished stage actress… I think Gemma will be doing big musicals in 20 to 30 years’ time — and that’s not true of all young actresses.”

The show’s writers include West End man-of-the-moment Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors, Great Britain), with musica by James Bond composer David Arnold and lyrics by Jerry Springer The Opera’s Richard Thomas.

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Gemma Arterton and Adrian der Gregorian in Made in Dagenham The Musical

Gemma Arterton and Adrian der Gregorian in Made in Dagenham The Musical

Gemma as Rita, and the female leading cast of Made in Dagenham The Musical

Gemma as Rita, and the female leading cast of Made in Dagenham The Musical

Photos: Made in Dagenham rehearsals

September 15, 2014 

Photos of Made in Dagenham rehearsals, coming to the Adelphi Theatre starring Gemma Arterton.

Rehearsals are under way for big new autumn musical Made in Dagenham, coming to the Adelphi Theatre from 9 October 2014.

Based on the hit British film starring Sally Hawkins, the central role of Rita is played by hot British actress Gemma Arterton (The Voices, Tamara Drewe, Quantum of Solace, St Trinian’s).

Other cast include Adrian der Gregorian (Mr Burns, Rocky Horror Show) as Eddie, Isla Blair as Connie and David Cardy as Monty, plus 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.

Directed by Almeida Theatre artistic director Rupert Goold (King Charles III, Enron), Made in Dagenham has a book by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors, Great Britain), music by David Arnold (the Bond movies) and  lyrics by Richard Thomas (Jerry Spring The Opera).

Rehearsal photos include Gwen Davis, Vera Sime and Eileen Pullen – the original Dagenham girls.

Photos by Manuel Harlan

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Made in Dagenham: More cast announced

August 4, 2014 

Major new West End musical Made in Dagenham has announced the full cast ahead of its Autumn opening in London, including Isla Blair and and David Cardy.

Gemma Arterton at the launch of the show

Gemma Arterton at the launch of the show

Producers of Made in Dagenham The Musical – a big stage remake of the hit British movie – have announced the full cast of the show.

Directed by Almeida artistic director Rupert Goold (American Psycho, Enron), the show runs in the West End’s Adelphi Theatre from 9 October 2014.

As already announced, Hollywood and British film and stage star Gemma Arterton will play the lead role of Rita O’Grady in the show, alongside Adrian Der Gregorian as her husband Eddie.

Other cast include Isla Blair (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The History Boys) as Connie and David Cardy (Ghost Stories, Dreamboats and Petticoats) as Monty.

Also featuring in the show are Gareth Snook, Steve Furst, Mark Hadfield, Sophie-Louise Dann and Naomi Frederick.

The full cast also includes 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.

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Made in Dagenham launches in London

June 18, 2014 

Big new West End musical Made in Dagenham launched in London this week.

Helmed by Almeida artistic director Rupert Goold, the cast and creative team came together in London to showcase the musical ahead of its 9 October 2014 opening at the Adelphi Theatre.

The star of the show – at the launch and within the show – is Gemma Arterton. Arterton has risen quickly to become a major Hollywood and stage star, and takes on the lead role of Rita O’Grady in the show – played in the movie by Sally Hawkins.

Five songs from the new show were performed at the showcase, and Rupert Goold was in bullish mood, telling the media that his aim was to put British musicals back on the map.

Some of the former striking women who worked at the Ford factory, and were immortalised in British movie Made in Dagenham, were present at the launch.

The creative team behind the show is strong, with a book by One Man, Two Guvnors playwright Richard Bean, music by James Bond composer David Arnold and lyrics by Jerry Springer The Opera’s Richard Thomas.

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Gemma Arterton, star of Made in Dagenham. Photo by Roy Tan

Gemma Arterton, star of Made in Dagenham. Photo by Roy Tan

 

Director Rupert Goold, leading lady Gemma Arterton and the cast of Made in Dagenham. Photo by Roy Tan

Director Rupert Goold, leading lady Gemma Arterton and the cast of Made in Dagenham. Photo by Roy Tan

 

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Video: Made in Dagenham teaser trailer

June 3, 2014 

A new teaser trailer has been released for Made in Dagenham The Musical.

Made in Dagenham The Musical – the new West End show based on the hit British movie – has released a new teaser video.

The show, which will star Gemma Arterton, opens at the Adelphi Theatre from 8 October 2014.

Directed by award-winning Rupert Goold (American Psycho, Enron), the show features a book by Olivier Award winner Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors), 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).

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Gemma Arterton, Stephen Mangan to host Olivier Awards

March 21, 2014 

The Society of London Theatre has announced the hosts of this year’s Olivier Awards.

Gemma Arterton

Gemma Arterton

Stephen Mangan

Stephen Mangan

Gemma Arterton and Stephen Mangan will take on the hosting duties of this year’s awards, to be held at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 13 April.

More details have also been announced about the night including that the set for the show will be built by I Can’t Sing! The X Factor Musical designer Es Devlin, and voiceover announcements of the nominees will be recorded by Julie Walters.

The Olivier Awards will be broadcast by ITV in a highlights package on the night, and the awards will be screened live to fans in Covent Garden.

Gemma Arterton is a British film and stage actress who will play the lead this autumn in Rupert Goold’s new production of Made In Dagenham The Musical at the Adelphi Theatre.

Stephen Mangan is a TV and stage comedian who is currently appearing in Jeeves & Wooster In Perfect Nonsense at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

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GEMMA ARTERTON in Made in Dagenham

March 3, 2014 

Gemma Arterton stars in Made in Dagenham The Musical at the Adelphi Theatre

GEMMA ARTERTON in Made in Dagenham

Hollywood and British film star Gemma Arterton returns to the West End in big new musical Made in Dagenham, playing the lead role of Rita O’Grady.

Gemma trained at RADA. Her theatre credits include The Duchess of Malfi (Shakespeare’s Globe, Sam Wanamaker Theatre), The Little Dog Laughed (Garrick), Hilda Wangel in The Master Builder, and Rosaline in Love Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre).

Her film work includes The Voices, Gemma Bovery, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Song for Marion, Byzantium, Runner, Runner, A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventure, Tamara Drewe, Clash of the Titans, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, The Boat that Rocked, Quantum of Solace, RocknRolla, Three and Out and St Trinian’s.

Gemma’s TV credits include Tess in the BBC adaptation of Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Elizabeth Bennett in ITV’s Lost in Austen, and Liza in Capturing Mary.

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Gemma Arterton to star in Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi Theatre

March 3, 2014 

New musical Made in Dagenham, coming to the Adelphi Theatre, will star Gemma Arterton in the lead role.

It’s official! The producers of new West End musical Made in Dagenham have announced that Gemma Arterton is to star in the show.

Gemma Arterton in Made in Dagenham The Musical. Photo: Alex James

Gemma Arterton in Made in Dagenham The Musical. Photo: Alex James

The brand new musical, which is based on the hit British movie that starred Sally Hawkins, will start previews at the Adelphi Theatre on 9 October 2014.

In the lead role of Rita O’Grady will be Hollywood and British film and stage star Gemma Arterton. She will be joined by Adrian Der Gregorian in the show as her husband Eddie.

Made in Dagenham The Musical will be directed by Almeida artistic director Rupert Goold (American Psycho, Enron, The Hollow Crown), with a book by One Man, Two Guvnors writer Richard Bean and music by BAFTA and Grammy award winning composer David Arnold, best known for his work on the Bond movies. Lyrics are by Olivier Award winner Richard Thomas (Jerry Spring The Opera), with design by Bunny Christie (The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time) and choreography by Aletta Collins (His Dark Materials).

Gemma Arterton, who recently opened the new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe in The Duchess of Malfi, was said to be “thrilled” by the new role, which will demand acting, singing and dancing from the star.

The show based on real-life events in set in Essex in 1968. Like millions of other working women, each morning Rita O’Grady is just trying to get her husband out of bed, get the kids off to school and get to work at the factory on time. But life is about to change forever when it’s announced that the girls in the sewing room of Ford’s Dagenham car plant will have their pay grade dropped to ‘unskilled’. Quickly drawing on a strength she never knew she had, Rita leads her friends in a battle against the might of Ford and the corruption of the Union supposed to protect them. As the girls’ inspiring journey gets bigger than anyone could have imagined, the pressure is too much for some, but can Rita keep up the fight and the happy home she’s worked so hard for? Funny, touching and timeless, Made in Dagenham shows how ordinary people can do extraordinary things when they stand together.

Director of the show Rupert Goold said in a statement that: “From my first watch of Made in Dagenham I knew it was a piece I wanted to be involved in bringing to the stage. It’s such an engaging, relatable and vital story and I’m convinced as a musical we can bring even more to it when we mount our production at the Adelphi. British theatre has world class playwrights and songwriters and this industry is at its most exiting when it’s creating new work. I’m thrilled to be surrounded by a creative team on Made In Dagenham that represents the very best in our business. We’ve got some big ideas, some brilliant original music and I can’t wait to get going with our cast. It’s particularly exciting too, that the cast will be led by the luminously talented Gemma Arterton and the unspeakably charismatic Adrian Der Gregorian, who I’m delighted are playing the leads at the centre of this big-hitting, big-hearted musical.”

Made in Dagenham The Musical is produced by Stage Entertainment, Glass Half Full Productions and Just for Laughs Theatricals.

Further casting to be announced.

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Made in Dagenham The Musical starring Gemma Arterton

March 3, 2014 

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.

THE CAST

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.

CREATIVE TEAM

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).

THE STORY

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.

ADRIAN DER GREGORIAN in Made in Dagenham

March 3, 2014 

Adrian Der Gregorian stars alongside Gemma Arterton in Made in Dagenham The Musical at the Adelphi Theatre

ADRIAN DER GREGORIAN in Made in Dagenham

Actor Adrian der Gregorian trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

His theatre credits include Sidney in Sweet Smell Of Success (Arcola Theatre), Eddie/ Dr Scott in Rocky Horror Show (UK touring), Francis and Alternate Albin in La Cage Aux Folles (Playhouse Theatre), Neal in Love and Understanding (Trident Theatre Company), Castogan in The Enfant (Les Enfants Terrible), understudy Walter Hartwright in The Woman in White (Palace Theatre) and understudy J.K in Bombay Dreams (Apollo Theatre).

Adrian’s TV credits include RI:SE (Channel Four) and The Gallahagn Directories (ADMB Productions).

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