×

Gemma Arterton Leads ‘Made in Dagenham’ to West End

A new musical adaptation of “Made in Dagenham,” the 2010 British indie that starred recent Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins, will premiere at the Adelphi Theater on the West End this fall in a production toplined by Gemma Arterton and created by a notable team of film and legit talent.

Richard Bean, who penned West End and Broadway hit “One Man, Two Guv’nors,” writes the book for a tuner with music by David Arnold, who composed music for the “Dagenham” film as well as for Bond pics “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace.” Richard Thomas, lyricist for operas “Jerry Springer” and “Anna Nicole,” writes the lyrics. Rupert Goold, director of the “American Psycho” musical that starred Matt Smith as well as the UK hit (but Broadway flop) “Enron,” helms.

Like 2013 Tony champ “Kinky Boots,” “Made in Dagenham” is based on a UK indie, this one about a woman who leads a 1968 strike of female workers at the Ford factory in the small Brit town of Dagenham. Arterton (“Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,” “Quantum of Solace”) will play Rita, the role portrayed by a Hawkins in the film and a fictionalized version of the woman who led the strike, opposite Adrian der Gregorian on board as Rita’s husband.

Produced by Stage Entertainment (“Rocky”), Glass Half Full Prods. (“X-Factor” musical “I Can’t Sing!”) and Just for Laughs Theatricals, the tuner incarnation of “Made in Dagenham” starts previews Oct. 9 ahead of a Nov. 5 opening at the Adelphi. The current tenant at the Adelphi, “The Bodyguard,” plays there through Aug. 30.

Popular on Variety

More Legit

  • The Inheritance review

    'The Inheritance' Announces Broadway Cast

    After an Olivier-winning run in London, “The Inheritance” is gearing up for its Broadway debut. The two-part epic has set the cast for its transfer from the West End to the Great White Way. John Benjamin Hickey, Paul Hilton, Samuel H. Levine, Andrew Burnap and Kyle Soller are among the cast members reprising their roles [...]

  • Patrick Page, Amber Grey, Eva Noblezada,

    'Hadestown' Announces 2020 National Tour

    ‘Hadestown’, the eight-time Tony award winning Broadway musical, is set for a national tour in 2020. The show will stop in more than 30 cities including Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Orleans, and more. The musical is a stage adaptation of the Greek myths of Orpheus and Eurydice and King Hades and his wife [...]

  • Jake Gyllenhaal

    Listen: Why Jake Gyllenhaal Is His 'Best Self' in the Theater

    Looking for the best possible version of Jake Gyllenhaal? You’ll find it onstage, according to the actor himself. Listen to this week’s podcast below: “I am my best self when I’m working in the theater,” Gyllenhaal said on the latest episode Stagecraft, Variety’s theater podcast, on which he appeared with Carrie Cracknell, the director of [...]

  • Photo: Jeremy Daniel

    'The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical' Gets Broadway Run

    “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” is Broadway bound. The musical adaptation of the franchise about a teenager who discovers he’s the son of Poseidon hits the Great White Way on Sept. 20 ahead of an Oct. 16 opening night. It comes on the heels of an extensive, nationwide tour that took the show [...]

  • Tom Sturridge Jake Gyllenhaal

    Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge Celebrate 'Sea Wall/A Life' With Star-Studded Opening Night

    A star-studded audience looked on as Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge returned to the stage for their double monologue performance in “Sea Wall/A Life.” Theater-goers and celebs including Anne Hathaway, Tom Hiddleston and John Mulaney gathered in Manhattan’s Hudson Theatre for opening night, celebrating a show tackling grief, birth and death through the eyes of [...]

  • Bat Out of Hell review

    Off Broadway Review: 'Bat Out of Hell'

    No one has ever accused Jim Steinman of subtlety. The composer behind Meat Loaf’s 1977 “Bat Out of Hell” (more than 43 million albums sold worldwide) and 1993’s “Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell” (five and six times platinum in the UK and US) has forever trafficked in a boldly theatrical brand of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content