Gemma Arterton to star in Made in Dagenham musical

Gemma Arterton, pictured here in a promotional shot for Made in Dagenham.
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Gemma Arterton is to star in a musical version of Made in Dagenham, directed by Rupert Goold.

Based on the film of the same name, the show will open at the Adelphi Theatre in London on November 5, following previews from October 9.

It is being produced by Stage Entertainment, Glass Half Full Productions and Just for Laughs Theatricals and has music by David Arnold and a book by Richard Bean, the writer of One Man, Two Guvnors.

The show’s lyrics have been penned by Richard Thomas, and the musical will have design by Bunny Christie, with choreography by Aletta Collins.

Goold 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.”

He added: “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.”

Arterton said she was “beyond thrilled” to be playing Rita O’Grady in the show.

“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,” she said.