The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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Deborah Moggach’s best selling novel These Foolish Things, which became the hit movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, becomes a brand new stage play.

Moggach adapts her original novel, directed by Lucy Bailey, about seven British retirees who are outsourced from the Home Counties to a hotel in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, run by young entrepreneur Sonny Kapoor.

The original movie was a box-office smash, starring Dames Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton, plus Bill Nighy and Dev Patel.

What’s the story of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel?

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel takes us on a journey to India with an eclectic group of British retirees as they embark on a new life. The luxury residence is far from the opulence they were promised, but as their lives begin to intertwine and they embrace the vibrancy of modern-day India, they are charmed in unexpected and life-changing ways. 

Who is in the cast of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel?

Casting to be announced. The UK tour included Hayley Mills, Paul Nicholas and Rula Lenska.

Who are the creative team?

The play is directed by Lucy Bailey (Oleanna, UK Tour & West End); Gaslight, UK Tour; Witness for the Prosecution, London), with the other creative team members including Costume and Set Designer, Colin Richmond; Lighting Designer, Oli Fenwick; Sound Designer, Mic Pool; Composer, Kuljit Bhamra; Casting Director, Ginny Schiller CDG; Associate Director, Breman Rajkumar; Movement Director, Lucy Hind; Costume Supervisor, Chris Cahill; Production Manager, Digby Robinson; Props Supervisor, Lizzie Frankl and Associate Props Supervisor, Zoe Wilson.

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Best Exotic Marigold Hotel announces full casting
The full cast has been revealed for the brand new tour for Deborah Moggach’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, opening at Richmond Theatre on Monday 5 September 2022. Previously announced stars of the new tour include Hayley Mills (Pollyanna, The Parent Trap, Whistle Down the Wind) as Evelyn, Paul Nicholas (Jesus Christ Superstar, BBC 1’s Just Good Friends, Eastenders) who plays Douglas and Rula Lenska (ITV’s Rock Follies, Coronation Street, Channel 4’s Celebrity Big Brother) who performs as Madge. Other cast announced include Tiran Aakel  (The Kite Runner, UK and Dubai Tour; Umm Kalthoum and The Golden Era, Dubai Opera House) as Mr Gupta, Richenda Carey (Calendar Girls, West End/UK Tour; BBC 1’s Monarch of the Glen) as Dorothy, Rekha John-Cheriyan as Mrs Kapoor (Kerbs, Tomb Raider, Dream Horse); Andy de la Tour (Plenty, Notting Hill) as Norman; Shila Iqbal (East Is East, Octagon Theatre; Eaten by Lions); as Sahani, Kerena Jagpal (Mismatch and Twitch, Birmingham Rep; Circle Game, Southwalk Playhouse) as Kamila, Harmage Singh Kalirai (Mischief Night,  A Very British Coup) as Jimmy, Sally Knyvette (ITV’s Emmerdale; BBC 1’sBlake’s 7); as Jean, Nishad More (King Lear, Royal Shakespeare Company) as Sonny Kapoor, Marlene Sidaway (ITV’s Coronation Street, BBC 1’s Pride and Prejudice) as Muriel; Anant Varman (who makes his professional UK stage debut with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) as Mohan and Adam Morris (Dial M for Murder and The Messiah, UK Tours); and Julie Wood(Brave New World, Harrogate Theatre) who join the company as male and female understudies. The stage play is based on the original best-selling book by Deborah Moggach, which was turned into the smash-hit 2012 movie starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilson, Tom Wilkinson, Celie Imrie, Ronald Pickup and Dev Patel. The play is directed by Lucy Bailey (Oleanna, UK Tour & West End); Gaslight, UK Tour; Witness for the Prosecution, London), with the other creative team members including Costume and Set Designer, Colin Richmond; Lighting Designer, Oli Fenwick; Sound Designer, Mic Pool; Composer, Kuljit Bhamra; Casting Director, Ginny Schiller CDG; Associate Director, Breman Rajkumar; Movement Director, Lucy Hind; Costume Supervisor, Chris Cahill; Production Manager, Digby Robinson; Props Supervisor, Lizzie Frankl and Associate Props Supervisor, Zoe Wilson. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel promises to be a joyous, feel-good adaptation of the comedy about taking risks, finding love, and embracing second chances, even in the most surprising of places. More information about The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - UK Tour Mon 5th – Sat 10 Sept, Richmond Theatre Tue 13 – Sat 17 Sept, Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield Tue 20 – Sat 24 Sept, Theatre Royal, Brighton Tue 27 Sept – Sat 1 Oct, Theatre Royal, Glasgow Tue 4 – Sat 8 Oct, Theatre Royal, Newcastle Tue 11 – Sat 5 Oct, Hall for Cornwall, Truro Tue 18 – Sat 22 Oct, Churchill Theatre, Bromley Mon 24 – Sat 29 Oct,Theatre Royal, Norwich Tue 1 Oct – Sat 5 Nov, Curve, Leicester Tue 8 – Sat 12 Nov, The Lowry, Salford - Book tickets Tue 15 – Sat 19 Nov, New Victoria Theatre, Woking Tue 22 – Sat 26 Nov, Cambridge Arts Theatre Mon 28 Nov – Sat 3 Dec, Theatre Royal, Bath 2023 Tour Dates Tue 17 – Sat 21 Jan, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury Tue 24 – Sat 28 Jan, Milton Keynes Theatre Tue 7 – Sat 11 Feb, Theatre Royal, Nottingham(Note: the current cast will perform until Saturday 11th February. Further casting information to follow) Tue 21 – Sat 25 Feb, Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham Tue 28 – Sat 4 March, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham Tue 7 - Sat 11 March, New Theatre, Cardiff Tue 14 – Sat 18 March, Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury Tue 28 March – Sat 1 April, Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton Tue 4 – Sat 8 April, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen Tue 18 – Sat 22 April, Theatre Royal, Plymouth Tue 25 - Sat 29 April, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford Tue 23 – Sat 27 May, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton Tue 30 May – Sat 3 June, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
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Rula Lenska joins the cast of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel stage adaptation
Rula Lenska has joined the new stage adaptation of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Rula's stage credits include The Vagina Monologues, Calendar Girls, Pygmalion, Seven Deadly Sins, Four Deadly Sinners, Eurobeat and 84 Charing Cross Road. Rula Lenska was born Countess Roza-Marie Leopoldyna Lubienska in St. Neots to Polish parents who had fled their homeland, their family estate having been confiscated by Communist forces. Following her education at an Ursuline College in Kent, she became an actor, gaining her first notable starring role in Rock Follies in 1976, going on to appear in many iconic television series such as Robin of Sherwood, Doctor Who, EastEnders, To The Manor Born and Minder, ITV’s Coronation Street as Claudia Colby, and most recently a BAFTA-nominated Inside No 9 for BBC 2. Lenska joins Oscar-winner Hayley Mills (Pollyanna, The Parent Trap, Whistle Down the Wind) and Paul Nicholas (Jesus Christ Superstar, EastEnders) with additional casting be revealed. Paula Wilcox, who was previously announced for the production has now withdrawn due to a scheduling conflict. The play is written by Deborah Moggach whose 2004's bestselling novelThese Foolish Things is the inspiration for the show and the BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominated film. The cherished story will be brought to life on stage when it opens at the Richmond Theatre on Monday 5th September 2022 and is directed by Lucy Bailey (Oleanna, UK Tour & West End); Gaslight, UK Tour; Witness for the Prosecution, London’s County Hall). Based on the Sunday Times bestseller which inspired one of this century’s most treasured films, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel takes us on a journey to India with an eclectic group of British retirees as they embark on a new life. The luxury residence is far from the opulence they were promised, but as their lives begin to intertwine and they embrace the vibrancy of modern-day India, they are charmed in unexpected and life-changing ways. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a joyous, feel-good comedy about taking risks, finding love, and embracing second chances, even in the most surprising of places. The UK tour date for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel are: Richmond Theatre (5-10 Sep); Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield (13-17 Sep); Theatre Royal, Brighton (20-24 Sep); Theatre Royal, Glasgow (27 Sep - 1 Oct); Theatre Royal, Newcastle (4-8 Oct); Hall for Cornwall, Truro (11-15 Oct);Churchill Theatre, Bromley (18-22 Oct); Theatre Royal, Norwich (24-29 Oct); Curve, Leicester (1 Oct - 5 Nov); The Lowry, Salford (8-12 Nov); New Victoria Theatre, Woking (15-19 Nov); Cambridge Arts Theatre (22-26 Nov); Theatre Royal, Bath (28 Nov - 3 Dec) and in 2023; Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury (17-21 Jan); Milton Keynes Theatre (24-28 Jan) and Theatre Royal, Nottingham (7-11 Feb). The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is produced by Simon Friend, Jenny King, Trafalgar Entertainment and Gavin Kalin.
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Hayley Mills, Paul Nicholas & Paula Wilcox to star in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel stage adaptation
A brand-new stage adaptation of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is heading to the West End in 2023, following a UK tour Oscar winner Hayley Mills, Paul Nicholas and Paula Wilcox will star in a new stage adaptation of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which will begin a UK tour later this year followed by a West End run in 2023. Tickets for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on sale soon. Written by Deborah Moggach who now adapts her bestselling novel 2004’s These Foolish Things for the stage, it having previously inspired the BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominated film. The cherished story will be brought to life on stage when it opens at the Richmond Theatre on Monday 5th September 2022 and is directed by Lucy Bailey (Oleanna, UK Tour & West End); Gaslight, UK Tour; Witness for the Prosecution, London’s County Hall). Since starting her career at the age of nine, Hayley Mills has shot 33 feature films and has been nominated for many awards. Hayley was twelve years old when she made her first feature film, Tiger Bay, and won an Academy Award at the age of thirteen in 1961 for her leading performance in Pollyanna. She went on to star in such films as The Parent Trap (1961), Whistle Down the Wind (1961), The Family Way (1966), Endless Night (1971), and Appointment With Death (1988). Recent screen credits include Moving On & Pitching In for BBC One; Compulsion for Channel 5 and the feature film, Last Train to Christmas, directed by Julian Kemp. On stage, Hayley most recently performed off-Broadway in a new comedy play, Party Face, directed by Amanda Bearse. Of today’s announcement, Hayley Mills comments: “I am delighted to join the company of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, as this beautiful story of love and the importance of new beginnings receives a new life as a fantastically feel-good stage play. Tales that warm the heart and lift the spirit are a much-needed tonic at this time and I am thrilled to be visiting so many of the UK's beautiful towns and cities as part of the production's exciting journey, later this year." Paul Nicholas became a household favourite in the role of Vince Pinner in the celebrated British sitcom Just Good Friends which won the BAFTA award for Best Comedy Series. Paul has continued to star in many TV series including the evil Gavin Sullivan in EastEnders and can be seen as himself in the BAFTA-nominated series The Real Marigold Hotel and Marigold On Tour.  On stage, Paul’s theatrical success began more than fifty years ago in 1968 when he originated the role of Claude in the London premiere of Hair. Following this, in 1972 he originated the role of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar. He starred as Danny Zuko in the original West End production of Grease with Elaine Page and as the Rum Tum Tugger in the original production of Cats. His other leading role musical credits include The Exorcist UK Tour, Quartet Cheltenham Theatre and UK tour, Jekyll & Hyde, Barnum, 42nd Street, Singing In The Rain, Dr. Doolittle, A Christmas Carol, Pirates of Penzance, Tale of Two Cities, Fiddler On The Roof and Jerry Herman’s Dear World.  Most recently, Paul’s theatrical ventures have included leading roles in The Exorcist directed by Sean Mathias for a UK tour; Quartet directed by Peter Rowe for the Cheltenham Everyman Theatre and a UK tour; And Then There Were None directed by Joe Harmston for a UK tour Paul has also co-produced numerous shows including Grease, Singing in the Rain, Evita, Pirates of Penzance, Chess and Saturday Night Fever. In 2021 Paul published his autobiography Musicals, Marigolds & Me and a three-CD boxset Paul Nicholas Gold featuring his pop and musical career including Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Hair, and Grease. Paula Wilcox has had an extensive career in television and theatre and can currently be seen in the role of series regular Elaine Jones in Coronation Street (ITV) and as Sandra in Trying Series 1-3 (BBC/ Apple TV). She first came to public attention after she joined the National Youth Theatre at the age of seventeen and was offered the part of Beryl in The Lovers, an ITV sitcom written by Jack Rosenthal and co-starring Richard Beckinsale. A second series and a feature film followed. Paula then went on to star as Chrissie in Man About the House opposite Richard O'Sullivan. The series ran for three years, and she also starred in the feature film of the same name. More recent television includes Living The Dream (Sky); Upstart Crow (BBC); Girlfriends (ITV); Mount Pleasant, series 1-6 (Sky); The Smoking Room, series 1-2 (BBC); Boomers, series 1-2 (BBC); Moving On (BBC); Grantchester (ITV); Still Open All Hours (BBC); Jonathan Creek (BBC); Doctors(BBC); Emmerdale (ITV).  Paula is also renowned for her career in theatre: her favourite roles have included Miss Havisham in Great Expectations (Vaudeville Theatre); Ellie in Canary (Liverpool Everyman, Hampstead Theatre); Shirley in Dreams of Violence (Soho Theatre); Madame Renaud in La Cage Aux Folles (Playhouse Theatre); Shirley Valentine (Duke of York’s); The Queen in The Queen and I (Vaudeville Theatre); Florence in The Female Odd Couple (Apollo Theatre); Lil in the UK tour of Kindertransport; and Marjorie Jones in What Shadows (Birmingham Rep & Park Theatre). Most recently she starred as Daisy in Driving Miss Daisy at York Theatre Royal. Based on the Sunday Times bestseller which inspired one of this century’s most treasured films, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel takes us on a journey to India with an eclectic group of British retirees as they embark on a new life. The luxury residence is far from the opulence they were promised, but as their lives begin to intertwine and they embrace the vibrancy of modern-day India, they are charmed in unexpected and life-changing ways. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a joyous, feel-good comedy about taking risks, finding love, and embracing second chances, even in the most surprising of places. The UK tour date for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel are: Richmond Theatre (5-10 Sep); Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield (13-17 Sep); Theatre Royal, Brighton (20-24 Sep); Theatre Royal, Glasgow (27 Sep - 1 Oct); Theatre Royal, Newcastle (4-8 Oct); Hall for Cornwall, Truro (11-15 Oct);Churchill Theatre, Bromley (18-22 Oct); Theatre Royal, Norwich (24-29 Oct); Curve, Leicester (1 Oct - 5 Nov); The Lowry, Salford (8-12 Nov); New Victoria Theatre, Woking (15-19 Nov); Cambridge Arts Theatre (22-26 Nov); Theatre Royal, Bath (28 Nov - 3 Dec) and in 2023; Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury (17-21 Jan); Milton Keynes Theatre (24-28 Jan) and Theatre Royal, Nottingham (7-11 Feb). The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is produced by Simon Friend, Jenny King, Trafalgar Entertainment and Gavin Kalin.
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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to get new stage adaptation and West End run
Deborah Moggach to adapt her best-selling novel, with Life of Pi producer Simon Friend producing. It was one of Britain's most successful movies. And now The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is set to become a new stage play. The play has been adapted by Deborah Moggach, from her best selling novel These Foolish Things - which became the hit movie starring Dames Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton, plus Bill Nighy and Dev Patel. Lucy Bailey (Witness for the Prosecution) is to direct, with Simon Friend (Life of Pi) producing. In the story, seven British retirees who are enticed by adverts for a luxury retirement home in India, leave England to begin a new life. However, on arrival they discover that the "palace" they thought they were retiring to is actually a shell of its former self, the staff are eccentric and the days of the Raj are long behind them. The show will kick off at Richmond Theatre on 30 August 2022 before a UK tour, and then head into the West End in 2023. The tour includes the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield, Theatre Royal Brighton, Theatre Royal Glasgow, Theatre Royal Newcastle, Hall for Cornwall, Truro, Churchill Theatre Bromley, Theatre Royal Norwich, Curve in Leicester, The Lowry in Salford, the New Victoria Theatre in Woking and the Theatre Royal Bath next December 2022. Deborah Moggach told the press that she is "so thrilled that my characters are stepping into a new life on the stage. They've been waiting impatiently for the curtain to rise, and none of them is getting any younger. So welcome again to the Marigold Hotel! We're assembling an amazing cast, so I hope they bring you plenty of laughs and some warm sparks of recognition." Producer Simon Friend also said: "I have been a huge fan of Deborah Moggach's writing for years, so it's an honour to work with her on this exciting new adaptation of her beloved story, which I feel has always called out to be experienced as live theatre." Find out more about The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in London Book tickets to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel at The Lowry - Lyric Theatre Manchester (8 - 12 November 2022)

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