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Rita O’Grady
Eddie O’Grady
Mr Tooley
Prime Minister Harold Wilson
Barbara Castle
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Made in Dagenham Costumes

Thespis Theatrical Costumiers have sourced many original period costumes for Made In Dagenham even the authentic Ford badges for the workers overalls! If your Rita is the right size you maybe lucky enough to find yourself  wearing the original 2014 dress worn by Gemma Arterton.

You can be sure when hiring from Thespis Theatrical Costumiers that you will look amazing in any of the Made In Dagenham costumes from our collection, where our quality, cleanliness and high standard of replication is second to none.

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

Thespis Theatrical Costumiers are proud to continue to excel in bringing high quality costume hire on to the stage for this uplifting production. Made in Dagenham is set in Essex 1968. 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. Life, however,  is about to change forever when it’s announced that the girls in the stitching room of Ford’s Dagenham car plant will have their pay grade dropped to ‘unskilled’. It’s a show that blatantly condemns sexism and it shows, despite its mostly light tone, the real cost of fighting for their civil rights in the 1960s.

It is both compelling and fun to watch. 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, but can Rita keep up the fight and the happy home she’s worked so hard for?


Thespis are pleased to be costuming a new run of Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi Theatre London. 

 Costume used by the show’s main character Rita O’Grady returns to the same stage 8 years later.


News from our blog:  Not only is Thespis costuming a run of Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi theatre in 2022. News we are thrilled to share and be part of, but we have another special acquisition relating to the very same show, performed upon the very same stage.

   Thespis has acquired into its collection a very special costume used by the show’s main character Rita O’Grady, which, back in 2014, was worn by award-winning actress Gemma Arterton, who popularised the role and made it her own in the superb run at the Adelphi Theatre.

   Thespis often takes on garments (coats, shirts, all sorts, you name it!) worn by the stars of stage and screen, but rarely do we get an exact piece for the exact show that will go up at the exact same theatre, and so we felt we absolutely had to share!

   The costume is in fabulous condition, and it’s one we are very keen to see return, not just to the Adelphi, but to stages across the UK. So who knows, you might find yourself wearing it when you next take Made in Dagenham out on hire from us! 

The strike, led by Rose Boland, Eileen Pullen, Vera Sime, Gwen Davis, Violet Dawson, and Sheila Douglass, began on 7 June 1968, when women sewing machinists at Ford Motor Company Limited Dagenham plant in London walked out

costume hire The Dagenham sewing machinists walked out when, as part of a regrading exercise, they were informed that their jobs were graded in Category C

Gemma Arterton wearing the original 2014 -15 show costume for the part of Rita O’Grady 

 Made in Dagenham

In 2014–2015, Gemma Arterton starred in Made in Dagenham, a stage musical about the Ford sewing machinists strike of 1968 concerning equal pay for women. Since its premiere on 5 November 2014 at the Adelphi Theatre in London. Original stage dress worn for Made in Dagenham. In 2014–2015, Gemma Arterton starred in Made in Dagenham, a stage musical about the Ford sewing machinists strike of 1968 concerning equal pay for women. Since its premiere on 5 November 2014 at the Adelphi Theatre in London.

Made in Dagenham: The Musical - 10th Anniversary


 At the London Palladium 


Pixie Lott (as Rita O’Grady), Bonnie Langford (as Barbara Castle) and Killian Donnelly (as Eddie O’Grady) lead.


Based on a true story and adapted from the hit film, Made in Dagenham is penned by Richard Bean with music and lyrics by David Arnold and Richard Thomas. Set in 1960s Essex, it follows Rita, a mother leading her friends in a protest against Ford’s Dagenham car plant after it lowers female workers’ pay.Made in Dagenham: The Musical - 10th Anniversary

Well! What a start to 2024 it’s been so far for all of us here at Thespis! 
We’ve announced the imminent launching of our flagship show for this year: “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The Musical”, which we know is going to blow everyone away with what we’ve got planned for it: Inflatable costumes, squirrel suits, glow in the dark glasses, and a literal army of Oompa-Loompas! Trust us, you are going to want to see this one!
And to top it all off, Thespis are bursting at the seams with joy to announce that Thespis is costuming the 10-year anniversary concert for the award-winning hit West-End show ‘Made in Dagenham’ at no less than London’s largest theatre, the London Palladium, starring the ever-glorious Pixie Lott, west-end star Killian Donnelly, and the iconic British queen of stage and screen Bonnie Langford, which is gearing up to set the stage alight on the 16th of March. 
There’s nothing like a strong entrance, and we can think of no better way to announce ourselves onto the hallowed boards of the West-End than this, and we are beyond honoured to be involved. So from all of us here at Thespis, we wish everyone involved and anyone lucky enough to see it, the most magical of nights. 
Here’s to another 10!

Produced by Scott Garnham and Simon Schofield for Sisco Entertainment and directed by Shaun Kerrison with musical direction by Michael Bradley, the show will be staged in concert at The London Palladium on Saturday, 16 March 2024

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