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Gemma Arterton in Made In Dagenham at the Adelphi Theatre

Tuesday, 4th Mar 2014  

Richard Bean’s Adaptation of the 2010 Movie Has a Confirmed Lead Star

It was recently revealed that a new stage musical version of Made in Dagenham would be headed to the Adelphi Theatre, replacing the popular and high profile production of The Bodyguard in the process, and it was rumoured that Gemma Arterton would be taking on the lead role of Rita O’Grady.

This has now been confirmed and it has also been revealed that she will be starring alongside Adrian Der Gregorian, who plays the character of Eddie, Rita’s husband.

Made In Dagenham The Musical is set at the Ford Dagenham Car Plant in 1968 where we meet Rita O’Grady, who leads the sewing machinists on strike in protest of sexual discrimination. They are in charge of constructing the seat covers for cars and as the supply runs out the company will have to listen.

It is based not only on the 2010 movie that starred Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins and Miranda Richardson, among others, in lead roles, but also real events, which famously led to the Equal Pay Act of 1970.

Gemma Arterton is a well known actress whose work has been seen regularly on the big screen, mixing high profile blockbusters with smaller British movies. She is best known for appearing in the movies St Trinian’s, Quantum Of Solace (the 22nd James Bond movie), Tamara Drewe and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, among others, in addition to television roles like the BBC series Inside No. 9. She has also made an impression on theatre audiences, however, having appeared in Love’s Labour’s Lost at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in 2007 and The Little Dog Laughed at the Garrick Theatre in 2010.

With Rupert Goold directing, Made In Dagenham also features a book by the acclaimed Richard Bean, whose best known work includes the recent Theatre Royal Haymarket’s One Man, Two Guvnors, which he adapted from The Servant Of Two Masters by Carlo Goldini, and Harvest at the Royal Court Theatre.

Made In Dagenham is at the Adelphi Theatre from Wednesday 5th November 2014 (previews from Thursday 9th October 2014) to Saturday 28th March 2015.

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