Made In Dagenham at Adelphi from 9 Oct 2014
New musical comedy Made In Dagenham, opens at the Adelphi Theatre 5 Nov 2014, following previews from 9 Oct - booking to 28 March 2015, starring Gemma Arterton as 'Rita O’Grady' and Adrian Der Gregorian as 'Eddie'
Directed by Rupert Goold , it is based on motion picture of the same name, it has book by Richard Bean, music by David Arnold, and lyrics by Richard Thomas.
Rupert Goold said: “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."
Essex 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?
Made In Dagenham is designed by Bunny Christie with choreography by Aletta Collins, and producedv by Stage Entertainment, Glass Half Full Productions and Just for Laughs Theatricals .
Gemma Arterton's London stage credits include "The Duchess of Malfi", which has just ended at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse; "The Master Builder" at the Almeida in 2010/11; "The Little Dog Laughed" at the Garrick Theatre in 2010; Rosaline in "Love's Labour's Lost" at the Shakespeare Globe in 2007. Her film credits include "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" (2010); Clash of the Titans (2010); Quantum of Solace (2008), St Trinian's (2007).