Made in Dagenham

Made in Dagenham ot
Based on the critically acclaimed film of the same name, the much anticipated Made in Dagenham makes its West End premier at the Adelphi Theatre with Gemma Arterton leading the cast.

Like the movie, the show is set in the late 1960’s and focuses on the strong female character, Rita O’Grady. Rita and her female friends work in a Ford auto factory in Dagenham. On discovering her and her colleagues not only earn much less than males in the work place, but that they are also in line for a pay cut, Rita decides that enough is enough. Taking a noble step, Rita embarks on a tricky fight for her rights as a worker, leading her to clash not only with the unions, but business giants Ford too.
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Booking from 9 October 2014 until 28 March 2015

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History

The Adelphi Theatre opened in 1806 and its early performance roots were in pantomime, bureltta and melodrama, with many productions dubbed as Adelphi Screamers.

In the 1830’s the Adelphi became well known for producing some of the first on stage adaptations of Charles Dickens novels. For example throughout the mid 1800’s, the Adelphi was home to The Bloomsbury Christening, The Pickwick Papers, Nicholas Nickleby and A Christmas Carol.

One of the most famous murders in theatrical history took place at the Adelphi Theatre. In 1897 actor William Terris was stabbed to death at the stage door before he was due to star in a performance of Secret Service. Terris’ ghost is said to haunt the theatre to this day.

The early 20th Century saw a greater influx of musicals and operettas at the Adelphi which included The Earl and The Girl (1904) and The Quaker Girl (1910). Towards the mid 20th Century the Theatre premiered Noel Coward’s Words and Music, and later when on to resume its trend of light hearted musicals such as Maggie May (1964) and A Little Night Music (1975).

In more recent years, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group purchased the theatre and it has been home to big musicals such as Sunset Boulevard (1993), Chicago (1997), Evita (2006), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (2007) Love Never Dies (2010) and Sweeney Todd (2012).

In a slight break from the current trend of larger scale musicals, the theatre was also home to the West End premier of One Man Two Guvnors in 2011, which has since moved to the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

In 2012 The Bodyguard musical made its world debut at the Adelphi Theatre. Heather Headley originated the role of Rachel Maron in the show and was then replaced by Beverley Knight. Knight in turn was replaced by pop queen, Alexandra Burke.

In December 2014 the musical premier of Made in Dagenham will open at the Adelphi, starring Gemma Arterton