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Gemma Arterton linked to Made in Dagenham in West End

Tamara Drewe

Story by Jack Foley

GEMMA Arterton is reportedly being lined up to star in a West End version of hit British movie Made In Dagenham.

The film version, directed by Nigel Cole and starring Sally Hawkins, told the true story of the machinists who went on strike in 1968 at the Ford Dagenham car factory in order to demand equal pay and protest against sexual discrimination.

It also starred Bob Hoskins, Rosamund Pike and Daniel Mays.

According to the BBC, former Quantum of Solace star Arterton has been involved in early workshops for the production, which is based on a script by One Man, Two Guvnors writer Richard Bean.

It is believed Arterton would play the Hawkins role of Rita, who played a pivotal role in leading the strike and meeting former employment secretary Barbara Castle, leading to the Equal Pay Act 1970.

The BBC also quote producers Stage Entertainment as saying they would “very much love her to be part of the production”.

But a spokesman added: “As with all casting there are schedules to work out, but we’d very much love [Arterton] to be part of the production when it opens in the West End.”

The workshops have been directed by Rupert Goold – the new artistic director of London’s Almeida Theatre – while the score has been written by David Arnold, who also provided the music for the BAFTA-nominated film.

It is, however, still very early days for the production, which has yet to reveal which London theatre would play host to it. However, the producers are looking to open the play next year (2014).

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