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.