Bond girl Gemma Arterton is set to star in the stage adaption of Made in Dagenham. According to the Daily Mail ‘s Baz Bamigboye, the musical, directed by Rupert Goold, will open at the West End’s Adelphi Theatre in the fall, after The Bodyguard ends its run.
Based on the 2010 film of the same name, Made in Dagenham tells the tale of the female machinists who went on strike in 1968 at the U.K.’s Ford Dagenham car factory demanding equal pay and protesting against sexual discrimination. Arterton will star as Rita, who leads her co-workers to strike.
Arterton recently appeared in a revival of The Duchess of Malfi. She made her professional stage debut at London's Globe Theatre in 2007 as Rosaline in Love’s Labour’s Lost. Other London theater credits include The Master Builder and The Little Dog Laughed. Her TV and film credits include Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Quantum of Solace, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, St Trinian’s, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, Hansel and Gretel and Runner Runner.