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Made in Dagenham sets closing date for 11 Apr 2015
This new British musical features a book by Richard Bean, music by David Arnold and lyrics by Richard Thomas and is based on motion picture of the same name. It opened at the Adelphi Theatre on 5 November 2014 following previews from 9 October 2014.
The show was originally booking to 28 March 2015, and will extend performances by two weeks, before closing on 11 April 2015.
In a press statement, producer Rebecca Quigley said of the announcement:
"I'm immensely proud of Made in Dagenham and of everyone involved in bringing it to the stage. Brand new, British musicals are few and far between - particularly those that can make you laugh and move you in equal measure...Of course we're sad to have to say goodbye for now, but to those amazing women who inspired this story, to our wonderful Made in Dagenham musical family and to the hundreds of thousands of people who will have seen the show before April 11th, a very big and heartfelt thank you".
The musical opened to generally positive reviews, with many praising the score as well as the performances: "a funny, thoughtful and uplifting show that deserves to be seen..." (Daily Express); "slick, catchy tunes" (The Independent); "robustly likeable — mixing passionate populism with bursts of big-budget flamboyance." (Evening Standard).
The cast for the production includes Gemma Arterton(Rita O’Grady), Adrian Der Gregorian (Eddie), 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), and Naomi Frederick (Lisa).
"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 - the Musical is directed by Rupert Goold and features designs by Bunny Christie and choreography by Aletta Collins. It is produced in the West End for Stage Entertainment, Glass Half Full Productions and Just for Laughs Theatricals.