Today it has been announced that Made In Dagenham The Musical will end its run at the Adelphi Theatre on Saturday 11th April 2015 adding a further two weeks to the booking period before the final performance in April. Producers are already in discussions regarding a UK Tour and future life for the show.
Rebecca Quigley, Stage Entertainment Producer, said: “I’m immensely proud of Made in Dagenham and of everyone involved in bringing it to the stage. Brand new, British musicals are few and far between – particularly those that can make you laugh and move you in equal measure. Our writers, creative team and company have been particularly passionate about telling this true story of a remarkable event in our history with the wit, heart and creativity it deserves. They’ve achieved that and so much more. Of course we’re sad to have to say goodbye for now, but to those amazing women who inspired this story, to our wonderful Made in Dagenham musical family and to the hundreds of thousands of people who will have seen the show before April 11th, a very big and heartfelt thank you”.
It’s 1968, and the Ford auto factory in Dagenham is one of the largest private employers in Britain. In addition to its thousands of male workers, it employs 187 underpaid women machinists who assemble car seat upholstery in lousy working conditions.
In Made in Dagenham the musical, shop steward Rita O’Grady joins with union rep Albert Passingham to get a better deal for these hard-done-by women, but soon discovers there’s more to the dispute than she realised: women are paid an appalling fraction of the men’s wages for the same work across the board. Refusing to put up with it any longer, Rita leads a strike by for equal pay. A grinding labour and political struggle follows that will ultimately advance the cause of women’s rights around the world.
Booking from 9th October 2014
Currently booking to 28th March 2015
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday 3.00pm