Made In Dagenham is moving to the stage, opening at the Adelphi Theatre in November.
Based on the hit British film, this new musical comedy will star international stage and screen actress Gemma Arterton in the lead role of Rita O’Grady, with Adrian Der Gregorian as her husband Eddie.
Set in Essex 1968. Like millions of other working women, each morning Rita O’Grady is just trying to get her husband 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 stitching 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?
Funny, touching and timeless, Made in Dagenham shows how ordinary people can do extraordinary things when they stand together.
The play is set to be directed by Rupert Goold.
He said: “From my first watch of Made in Dagenham I knew it was a piece I wanted to be involved in bringing to the stage.
“It’s such an engaging, relatable and vital story and I’m convinced as a musical we can bring even more to it when we mount our production at the Adelphi.
“British theatre has world class playwrights and songwriters and this industry is at its most exiting when it’s creating new work.
“I’m thrilled to be surrounded by a creative team on Made In Dagenham that represents the very best in our business.
“We’ve got some big ideas, some brilliant original music and I can’t wait to get going with our cast.
“It’s particularly exciting too, that the cast will be led by the luminously talented Gemma Arterton and the unspeakably charismatic Adrian Der Gregorian, who I’m delighted are playing the leads at the centre of this big-hitting, big-hearted musical.”
Gemma Arterton said: “I’m beyond thrilled to be playing Rita O’Grady in Made in Dagenham.
“It’s an important story that I’m passionate about telling, and we intend to tell it with wit, warmth and, of course, a lot of singing and dancing in this production! Roll on October!”
Previews start in October.