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 nowThe 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 moviestarring Dames Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton, plus Bill Nighy and Dev Patel.
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.”
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