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Made in Dagenham - final casting announced

Casting news

ISLA Blair and David Cardy, as Connie and Monty respectively, complete the cast of Made in Dagenham, which premieres at the Adelphi Theatre on November 5, 2014, following preview performances from October 9, 2014.

Isla Blair is well known for her extensive stage work, which includes Steel Magnolias (UK tour), Collaborators (Duchess Theatre), The History Boys (Wyndham’s Theatre), Breath of Life (Sheffield Lyceum) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (both the original West End production and the National Theatre revival).

In 2008, she starred as Raisa Gorbachev in Penny Gold’s The President’s Holiday at Hampstead Theatre alongside her real life husband Julian Glover, who played Mikhail Gorbachev. They also worked together, again as husband and wife, in the 1989 film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

David Cardy’s theatre credits include Ghost Stories and Dreamboats and Petticoats (West End); while on television, he is probably best known for playing Chris Theodopolopodous in Birds of a Feather.

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Previously Posted: Further casting has been announced for the stage adaptation of Made in Dagenham, which premieres at the Adelphi Theatre on November 5, 2014, following preview performances from October 9, 2014.

Joining previously announced Gemma Arterton (as Rita O’Grady) and Adrian Der Gregorian (Rita’s husband Eddie) are Steve Furst (US Ford executive Mr Tooley), Mark Hadfield (Harold Wilson), Sophie-Louise Dann (Barbara Castle), Sophie Stanton (Beryl), Heather Craney (Clare), Sophie Isaacs (Sandra), Julius D’Silva (Ford Dagenham boss Mr Hopkins) and Naomi Frederick (Hopkin’s wife Lisa).

They in turn are joined by Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Thomas Aldridge, Kate Coysten, Christopher Howell, Scott Garnham, Ian Jervis, Paul Kemble, Emma Lindars, Jo Napthine, Tracey Penn, Gemma Salter, Gareth Snook, Rachel Spurrell, Emily Squibb, Karli Vale and Rene Zagger.

Inspired by a true story and based on the hit movie, Made in Dagenham is the uplifting new West End musical comedy about friendship, love and the importance of fighting for what is right.

Made in Dagenham is set in Essex in 1968. Like millions of other working women, each morning Rita O’Grady is just trying to get her husband out of bed, get the kids off to school and get to work at the factory on time. But life is about to change forever when it’s announced that the girls in the sewing room of Ford’s Dagenham car plant will have their pay grade dropped to ‘unskilled’.

Quickly drawing on a strength she never knew she had, Rita leads her friends in a battle against the might of Ford and the corruption of the Union supposed to protect them. As the girls’ inspiring journey gets bigger than anyone could have imagined, the pressure is too much for some. The question is: can Rita keep up the fight and the happy home she’s worked so hard for?

Described as funny, touching and timeless, Made in Dagenham shows how ordinary people can do extraordinary things when they stand together.

Made in Dagenham is directed by multi-award-winning Rupert Goold, Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre.

Made in Dagenham has a book by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors, The Heretic, England People Very Nice), music by BAFTA and Grammy award-winning composer David Arnold (James Bond series, Hot Fuzz and Sherlock) and lyrics from Olivier Award winner Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer The Opera, The Royal Opera’s Anna Nicole and Shoes at Sadler’s Wells).

Read more about Made in Dagenham.

The Bodyguard continues at the Adelphi Theatre until August 30, 2014.