Former Bond girl Gemma Arterton has been announced as the lead in a new musical MADE IN DAGENHAM at London's Adelphi Theatre.
Arterton had been involved in early workshops for Made in Dagenham from a script written by One Man, Two Guvnors writer Richard Bean.
Directed by Rupert Goold - the new artistic director of London's Almeida Theatre - MADE IN DAGENHAM has a score written by David Arnold, who also provided the music for the Bafta-nominated film of the same name.
Made in Dagenham tells the story of the machinists who went on strike in 1968 at the Ford Dagenham car factory demanding equal pay and protesting against sexual discrimination.
Arterton is to play the character of Rita O’Grady who plays a pivotal role in leading the strike and meeting former employment secretary Barbara Castle, leading to the Equal Pay Act 1970. Sally Hawkins played the role in the film version.
Further casting of MADE IN DAGENHAM to be announced.