Steve Furst and Mark Hadfield in Made In Dagenham
More Cast Members Join Gemma Arterton in the West End’s Stage Adaptation from October 2014
The upcoming production of Made in Dagenham has announced more cast members ahead of its October start-date at the Adelphi Theatre. Steve Furst, Mark Hadfield and Sophie-Louise Dann are among the new names joining Gemma Arterton and Adrian Der Gregorian in the musical adaptation of the hit movie.
In addition to those new names, additional cast members just announced include Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Thomas Aldridge, Heather Craney, Kate Coysten, Julius D’Silva, Naomi Frederick, Scott Garnham, Christopher Howell, Sophie Isaacs, Ian Jervis, Paul Kemble, Emma Lindars, Jo Napthine, Tracey Penn, Gemma Salter, Gareth Snook, Rachel Spurrell, Emily Squibb, Sophie Stanton, Karli Vale and Rene Zagger.
Made In Dagenham is set at the Ford Dagenham Car Plant in the late 1960s and among the characters we meet there is Rita O’Grady (Arterton), who is the woman leading the sewing machinists on a strike against sexual discrimination and equal pay. It’s a strike they have high hopes of winning. After all, they are responsible for making the covers for car seats and the company will have to listen once the supply runs out.
The story is best known as a 2010 movie, but it is also based on real events that took place prior to the Equal Pay Act of 1970 (and is credited as leading to the passing of said act).
Steve Furst is best known for his comedy work, though recent years have also seen him appear in west end shows like Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre and Wet Weather Cover at the Arts Theatre. His comedy performances include the series Little Britain, Catterick and Rob Brydon’s series Annually Retentive. He is also well known for his own comedy creation that goes by the name of Lenny Beige.
He is set to appear as Mr Tooley in the production, with the West End’s Singin’ In The Rain star Mark Hadfield as Harold Wilson. Rupert Goold directs from Richard Bean’s adapted script.