It’s been confirmed that a new bio-musical about the rise to fame of the Bee Gees is in the works, and could be eyeing a place in the West End.
Universal Theatrical Group is the team behind...
Joining the previously announced Gemma Arterton as 'Rita O’Grady' and Adrian Der Gregorian as 'Eddie' are Isla Blair and David Cardy.
They will complete the cast which also stars Steve Furst (Mr Tooley), Mark Hadfield (Harold Wilson), Sophie-Louise Dann (Barbara Castle), Sophie Stanton (Beryl), Heather Craney (Clare), Sophie Isaacs (Sandra), Julius D'Silva (Mr Hopkins), Naomi Frederick(Lisa). The cast also includes Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Thomas Aldridge, Kate Coysten, Christopher Howell, Scott Garnham, Ian Jervis, Paul Kemble, Emma Lindars, Jo Napthine, Tracey Penn, Gemma Salter, Gareth Snook, Rachel Spurrell, Emily Squibb, Karli Vale and Rene Zagger.
Made In Dagenham is directed by Rupert Goold and is based on the motion picture of the same name, with book by Richard Bean, music by David Arnold and lyrics by Richard Thomas.
The show is 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’ 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?
The creative team behind Made In Dagenham includes Bunny Christie for design and Aletta Collins for choreography. The producers are Stage Entertainment, Glass Half Full Productions and Just for Laughs Theatricals.
Isla Blair's previous stage credits include the original London cast of 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum', 'The History Boys' and seasons with the RSC and Old Vic. On Television she is known for roles in 'House of Cards: The Final Cut', 'Single Father' and the upcoming 'Grantchester' for ITV. Her film credits include 'Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade' and 'Johnny English Reborn'.
David Cardy most recently appeared in the West End production of 'Ghost Stories', along with 'Dreamboats & Petticoats'. His TV roles include Chris Theodopolopodus in 'Birds of a Feather', as well as characters in 'The Bill', 'Trial By Jury' and 'A Touch of Frost'.