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.
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).
New teaser trailer for Made in Dagenham The Musical
March 21, 2014
The Society of London Theatre has announced the hosts of this year’s Olivier Awards.
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.
Gemma Arterton stars in Made in Dagenham The Musical at the Adelphi Theatre
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gemma Arterton is joined by Adrian Der Gregorian as her husband Eddie.
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), 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.
Adrian Der Gregorian stars alongside Gemma Arterton in Made in Dagenham The Musical at the Adelphi Theatre
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).
January 28, 2014
Welcome to this year’s microsite for the 2014 Olivier Awards.
Within this microsite you will find a wealth of information about the 38th annual Olivier Awards, organised each year by the Society of London Theatre to celebrate the very best of West End theatre.
WINNERS ANNOUNCED! SEE A LIST OF ALL WINNERS HERE
AWARDS CEREMONY – HOSTS AND PRESENTERS
This year’s Olivier Awards awards were held on Sunday 13 April 2014 at the Royal Opera House in London.
The awards were hosted by movie and stage star Gemma Arterton, who will be starring in new musical Made in Dagenham this autumn in the West End, and comedian Stephen Mangan, who is currently starring in Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense at the Duke of York’s Theatre. This year’s voiceover announcements were made by Julie Walters.
Guest presenters on the night included Michael Ball, Samantha Barks, Kristin Davis, Lesley Garrett, Nigel Harman, Rufus Hound, Beverley Knight, Dame Penelope Keith, Robert Lindsay, Dame Gillian Lynne, Ben Miles, Alistair McGowan, Marianela Núñez, Lesley Sharpe, Mark Strong, Luke Treadaway, Gok Wan, Ruth Wilson and Leigh Zimmerman. More presenters and guests will be announced nearer to the night.
AWARDS CEREMONY – PERFORMANCES
This year’s performers at the Awards included:
- Broadway star Bernadette Peters accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra.
- ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus , who reunited to celebrate 15 years of the hit show MAMMA MIA!
- International opera singer Joseph Calleja, who finished the first half of the evening by singing E lucevan le stelle from Puccini’s Tosca.
- Best New Musical nominees performed – including The Book Of Mormon, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Once and The Scottsboro Boys.
- Audience Award nominees performed – including Les Misérables, Matilda The Musical, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked.
WATCHING THE AWARDS
This year the awards were again broadcast by ITV in the UK, on the evening of the awards. Catch up with ITVPlayer.
Also on the night, the ITV Stage in Covent Garden Piazza presented a free Olivier Awards celebration. Hosted by Myleene Klass and Michael Xavier, the free event featured live performances from shows including Avenue Q, Les Misérables, Matilda The Musical, Urinetown and Wicked.
Large screens in the Piazza also broadcast the Awards live.
A special BBC Radio 2 programme will air at 6pm on Saturday 18 April 2014. The two-hour highlights programme will be hosted by Claudia Winkleman and feature backstage interviews, special guests and highlights from ceremony.
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January 17, 2014
Production photos of The Duchess of Malfi starring Gemma Arterton at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
The doors have opened at London’s newest theatre – the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, part of Shakespeare’s Globe on the Southbank.
This unique new indoor space allows the Globe to be an all-year venue and to investigate staging Jacobean plays in their intended atmosphere.
The theatre holds up to 340 people, with two tiers of galleries and a pit seating area, and is predominantly lit by candles.
The first production in the new theatre is The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster, directed by Dominic Dromgoole and starring Gemma Arterton (until 16 February 2014).
In the play, the widowed Duchess of Malfi longs to marry her lover, the steward Antonio. But her rancorous brothers, Ferdinand and the Cardinal, are implacably opposed to the match. When their spy, Bosola, discovers that the Duchess has secretly married and carries Antonio’s child, they exact a terrible and horrific revenge.
The cast includes Gemma Arterton as the Duchess, Sean Gilder as Bosola, David Dawson as Ferdinand, James Garnon as the Cardinal, Denise Gough as Julia and Alex Waldmann as Antonio.
August 9, 2013
Screen star Gemma Arterton is being lined up to play the lead role in a new stage musical version of Made in Dagenham.
Arterton would take the lead role of Rita, played by Sally Hawkins in the movie, and performed the part in a workshop version of Act One of the show last year.
The show is being developed by a strong creative team including director Rupert Goold (Enron), a book by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors), music by David Arnold (Bond films) who penned the film’s original score, and lyrics by Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer The Opera).
Stage Entertainment are producing the musical, which is set for a late 2014 opening, and are currently negotiating to secure a mid-sized West End theatre for the show.
NEWS UPDATE TO THIS STORY:
Made in Dagenham The Musical is now booking at the Adelphi Theatre starring Gemma Arterton