Stuff and nonsense at Jacksons Lane


Managing Editor Abbe Bates and her son Herbie enjoyed a performance of Goldilocks and The 3 Bears in London recently at the lovely Jacksons Lane theatre in Highgate. The children’s story is brought to life by kids theatre company Stuff and Nonsense with amazing costume, puppetry and acrobatics, and some witty dialogue too. It was Herbie’s first visit to the theatre, and he thoroughly enjoyed it! The show is currently on tour until June.

Gemma Arterton parks up in west end

Made In Dagenham

Gemma Arterton is to play Rita O’Grady in the musical adaptation of Made in Dagenham.

Former Bond girl Gemma Arterton is to lead the new stage adaptation of Made in Dagenham, opening at the Adelphi Theatre with previews on 9th October.

Based on the British film of the same name, multi-award winning Rupert Gould will direct the musical, with Arterton taking on the main role of Rita O’Grady alongside Adrian Der Gregorian playing husband Eddie.

Inspired by true events, Made In Dagenham dramatises the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant in Essex, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination. The musical follows Rita as it’s announced that the female machinists, working in the factory’s sewing room, will have their pay grade dropped to ‘unskilled’. Drawing on a strength she never knew she had, Rita leads her co-workers in a battle against the might of Ford and the corruption of the Union supposed to protect them.

Earlier this year, Gemma Arterton played the title role in the Globe’s Duchesss of Malfi, and her film credits include St Trinian’s, Tamara Drew and Quantum of Solace. Her role in Made in Dagenham will be the actress’ musical theatre debut.

With a book by Richard Bean, writer of the global success One Man, Two Guvnors, the show also features original music by Grammy Award-winning composer, David Arnold and Oliver-Award winning Richard Thomas.

Made in Dagenham runs from 9th October to 28th March 2015 at the Adelphi Theatre. Discounts apply to groups of 10 or more. For further information, telephone 0844 412 4650. 



Jessica Swale’s writing debut, Blue Stockings, will be performed at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre this summer.


New writing at the globe

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre returns to its passion for new writing this summer by staging three world premieres – Gabriel from 13th July to 18th August, Blue Stockings from 24th August to 11th October and The Lightening Child from 14th September to 12th October.

Gabriel, a unique musical and theatrical event, will unite Alison Balsom, one of the world’s finest trumpeters, award winning writer Samuel Adamson and director Dominic Dromgoole. The show will explore the notion that the natural trumpet was the supreme musical instrument of the Restoration, and feature music by Handel and Purcell. Jessica Swale’s writing debut, Blue Stockings, is set in 1896 Cambridge – home to the country’s first female students. Directed by Globe regular, John Dove the play will follow four women as they face economic difficulty, the distractions of men, radical politics and the prejudices that blights every aspect of their academic life.

The Lightening Child, directed by Matthew Dunster, is Che Walker’s anarchic take on Euripides’ The Bacchae. Closing the season, the play is told with a disregard for the usual conventions of time and place, and follows the woman-hating Pentheus as he seeks to put a stop to the the orgiastic rites honouring Dionysus. Whilst elsewhere, four drug addicts are drawn towards their own forms of retribution.


Gabriel will run from 13th July to 18th August, Blue Stockings from 24th August to 11th October and The Lightening Child from 14th September to 12th October, at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. For every ten seated tickets booked get an additional ticket free. For further information, telephone 020 7401 9919.