LONDON, October 13, 2014 -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- Made in Dagenham is a new musical drama based on a true story about love, friendship and fighting for equality. Staring former Bond girl Gemma Arterton and directed by Rupert Goold, the musical is set to be as popular as the film which inspired it.
ďFunny and joyfulĒ is how director Goold describes the story behind the new West End musical Made in Dagenham. The play is based on the real events of The Ford sewing machinists' strike of 1968 in Essex. Arterton plays the fictional character of Rita O'Grady who acts as a spokesperson for the female plant workers who are told that, because their work is classed as unskilled, their pay grade would be dropped. By contrast, the men of the plant are paid more for their ďskilledĒ work. While speaking out against the inequality and corruption at the plant, Rita tries to keep her family together. Grammy award-winning composer David Arnold, whose music appears on Hot Fuzz, the James Bond Series, and Sherlock, has scored the play in collaboration with Olivier Award-winning lyricist Richard Thomas whose opera Anna Nicole is currently showing at the Royal Opera House. Made in Dagenham is showing at the Adelphi Theatre in the West End. There are several restaurants in London which do theatre and dinner packages for this show.
Made in Dagenham previews begin on 9 October 2014 and the show runs until 28 March 2015. Tickets for some can be purchased online. Visit www.londontown.com for more information on booking cheap London hotels and more information about the Almeida Theatre.
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