Tuesday 19 August 2014


Theatre news: Made in Dagenham

After a few slow months for the West End there are some very exciting shows opening soon that I absolutely cannot wait for. Memphis, White Christmas and The Scottsboro Boys, to name but a few, though the one I'm most anticipating is Made in Dagenham.

Directed by Rubert Goold, with a book by Richard Bean, music from David Arnold and lyrics by Richard Thomas this new musical is based on the British film of the same name.The comedy will start previews at the Adelphi Theatre in London on the 9th of October and the official opening night is on the 5th of November.

It has found its star in former Bond-girl Gemma Arterton who plays the role of Rita O'Grady, a brave woman who leads her friends against the might of Ford's Dagenham car plant, battling the corruption of the Union that is degrading their rights as female workers.

It's been a tough year for British musicals with both Andrew Lloyd Webber's Stephen Ward and Tim Rice's From Here to Eternity opening to lukewarm reviews in London and closing not long after. But after already obsessively listening to the three Made in Dagenham songs released so far (you can listen to and download them here), I feel positive that this bad luck for British shows is about to change.

For more information and to book tickets visit the Made in Dagenham official website

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