Steve Furst, Mark Hadfield, and Sophie-Louise Dann are set to join Gemma Arterton (who shot to fame after being cast as one of the iconic Bond Girls in Quantum of Solace) as the new cast of screen to stage musical Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi Theatre.
Arterton, who plays the lead, Rita O’Grady, joins Adrian Der Gregorian (in the role of Rita’s husband, Eddie), Steve Furst (in the role of Mr. Tooley—the US Ford Executive), Mark Hadfield (in the role of Harold Wilson), Sophie-Louise Dann (playing Barbara Castle), Sophie Stanton (as Beryl), Heather Craney (playing Clare), Sophie Isaacs (in the role of Sandra), Julius D’Silva (playing Ford Dagenham boss Mr. Hopkins) and Naomi Frederick (playing his wife, Lisa).
The story unfolds at the tail end of the 60s, where Rita O’Grady’s suburban ideals get shaken up with an edict from the Ford Dagenham plant’s stitching room that drops the women’s pay grade to ‘unskilled.’ Rising to become a symbol of strength, Rita gather’s the women against corporate tyranny and union corruption.
Made in Dagenham opens at the Adelphi Theatre on 5 November, with previews scheduled for 9 October with a Book by Richard Bean, Music by David Arnold, Lyrics by Richard Thomas and the multi-award winning Rupert Goold at the helm.
“We have in this show some of the best original music around and a cracking script and to know that it will be performed by this multi-talented, wonderful, diverse, rowdy bunch of actors makes me keener than ever to get into the rehearsal room,” says Goold.