Stop the press. Hold the front page. When a rumour circulates on the West End it’s not easy to contain the excitement…
Gemma Arterton looks set to star in Made in Dagenham the musical
…Particularly when it’s news that Made in Dagenham is coming to the West End.
Boosting the excitement even further is the news that actress Gemma Arterton will star in the West End musical version of the 2010 film. According to sources, the former Bond girl has been involved in early workshops for the musical production of the hit film.
The British film was directed by Nigel Cole and was based on real-life events that unfolded during the Ford sewing machinists’ strike of 1968. The Ford Dagenham car factory strikers protested against sexual discrimination and demanded equal pay. The musical is written by Richard Bean and is based on the same plot as the 2010 film.
It is understood Gemma Arterton will play the lead role of Rita. Being the main force behind the picket line strike, Rita becomes something of a working class hero amongst co-workers. This uplifting story became a landmark event in equal pay legislation.
Asides the Quantum of Solace star being dubbed to play the leading role, rumour has it that the music for Made in Dagenham the musical will be provided by composer David Arnold. Arnold is best known for scoring five James Bond films. Augmenting the credible assemblage of creatives working on the new musical is lyricist Richard Thomas. The British writer and comedy actor is especially celebrated for composing the award-winning Jerry Springer: The Opera.
The eagerly-awaited London show will be directed by Rupert Goold. The acclaimed director has directed for the Royal Shakespeare Company and in 2013 was announced as the next artistic director of London’s Almeida Theatre. One of Goold’s most noteworthy credentials was directing the hugely-commended West End revival of Lionel Bart’s Oliver! in 2009.
With an assemblage this impressive, all elements point to one thing only – London theatre’s Made for Dagenham is going to be a big hit.
It is alleged Made in Dagenham the musical will arrive at the West End in the autumn.
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