A cast of 21 has been confirmed for Made in Dagenham as the musical returns to its East London roots from 26th August at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch before it heads to the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich from 21st September until 15th October.
Artistic Director Douglas Rintoul, who directs, launches his debut season at the Queen’s Theatre with the first revival of this hit musical, a co-production with New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich.
Dagenham, 1968: Rita’s a busy mum, loving wife and hard-working Ford factory employee. But something’s very wrong. Rita and her female colleagues find themselves working long hours sewing car seats for far less money than the men. And they’ve had enough. Finding a voice she never knew she had, Rita leads the women on a trailblazing battle for equal pay, taking on the unions, Ford’s top brass and the Government. As the pressure mounts, Rita struggles to keep up the fight and the happy home she’s worked so hard for.
Based on the hit film, Made in Dagenham – The Musical is inspired by the true story of the sewing machinists’ strike at the Ford Dagenham factory, which eventually led to the Equal Pay Act. Daniella Bowenstars as Rita, last seen at the New Wolsey Theatre as Sarah in the UK tour of Our House. Her many impressive credits include the West End’s Dreamboats and Petticoats and the tour of Mamma Mia.
“This is a real home-coming,” says Douglas. “A wonderful chance for us to relive a truly momentous piece of our area’s history. After its West End success, the play will now have its regional premiere in the most fitting location – a producing theatre just a few miles away from the Ford plant in which it is set. It’s a brilliant way to open our autumn season – with a fantastically large-scale, uplifting musical filling our stage, featuring wonderful actor-musicianship and choreography, and celebrating the achievements of local people.”
Ipswich audiences will be delighted to see that several familiar faces are returning this Autumn, with previous productions including Sweet Charity, Our House, and many rock’n’roll pantos!
Tickets can be booked through the Tickets Sales Team at the New Wolsey Theatre by calling 01473 295900 or by booking online at www.wolseytheatre.co.uk