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Made in Dagenham the musical opens tonight starring Gemma Arterton

PUBLISHED: 12:08 09 October 2014 | UPDATED: 12:31 09 October 2014

Made in Dagenham the musical opens at the Adelphi Theatre tonight

Made in Dagenham the musical opens at the Adelphi Theatre tonight

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The musical version of hit film Made In Dagenham, starring Bond girl Gemma Arterton, opens tonight in London’s West End.

Gemma Arterton takes the lead role of Rita O'Grady. Picture: Alex James.Gemma Arterton takes the lead role of Rita O'Grady. Picture: Alex James.

Like the 2010 movie on which it’s based, the show charts the plight of women sewing-machinists at car giant Ford’s Dagenham plant who took on their employer in a battle for fair pay, all the way to Downing Street.

Arterton, from Gravesend, takes the starring role of Rita O’Grady who leads her fellow machinists over a series of strikes during 1968. As in the film, Dagenham is referred to as being in Essex, despite it technically becoming a London borough in 1965.

The Casino Royale star said she was “beyond thrilled” to be a part of the “important story”, adding: “We intend to tell it with wit, warmth and, of course, a lot of singing and dancing.”

The new musical, being shown at the Adelphi Theatre, is directed by the award-winning theatre director Rupert Goold and has been written for the stage by Richard Bean, the brains behind hit play behind One Man, Two Guvnors.

Goold said: “It’s such an engaging, relatable and vital story and I’m convinced as a musical we can bring even more to it.”

Visit madeindagenhamthemusical.com to book. Tickets cost between £15 and £54.50 until November 4, going up to £69.50 thereafter.


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