We now have more details of the previously reported news that Gemma Arterton is to lead the stage adaptation of the hit film Made in Dagenham in the West End. Adrian Der Gregorian will also star in the Rupert Goold directed musical comedy, with a book by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors), music by Grammy winner David Arnold (Sherlock) and lyrics by Olivier winner Richard Thomas (Royal Opera’s Anna Nicole). Performances will begin at the Adelphi Theatre on October 9 with opening night set for November 5.
Essex 1968. Like millions of other working women, each morning Rita O’Grady (Arterton) is just trying to get her husband Eddie (Der Gregorian) 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?
Design will be by Olivier winner Bunny Christie and choreography by Aletta Collins.