London’s West End is certainly no stranger to famous faces, with many of Britain’s leading actors having appeared on stage in Theatreland at some point in the careers. From Benedict Cumberbatch to David Tennant, just about everyone who’s anyone has put in a shift in the capital, and now it’s the turn of Bond girl Gemma Arterton.
Having risen to global fame following her performance alongside Daniel Craig in the 007 hit Quantum of Solace, the actress has gone on to star in several popular British and American films, including the likes of Tamara Drewe.
Now, she’s set to feature in a stage remake of another hit British movie of the past few years, Made in Dagenham.
Having been released on the big screen in 2010 to critical acclaim, the film quickly became a favourite among UK cinema fans, with the likes of Sally Hawkins and the late Bob Hoskins portraying the story of the Ford car factory in Daggenham, East London.
Taking over the lead role from Oscar-nominee Hawkins, Arterton will be playing the character of Rita O’Grady, who leads a group of female workers in their battle for improved wages and factory conditions.
Opening at the Adelphi Theatre in October this year, the play is set to open in October of this year, with the initial run being scheduled to last until April 2015.
It will be directed by another big name in the theatre scene, Rupert Goold, whose previous works include the likes of popular West End productions American Psycho, Enron and Oliver! The show will also feature music by David Arnold, who provided the score for several James Bond films, as well as a number of other Blockbuster hits such as Independence Day – not to mention British TV shows Sherlock and Little Britain.