Rula Lenska

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 MonologuesCalendar GirlsPygmalionSeven Deadly SinsFour Deadly SinnersEurobeat 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 (PollyannaThe Parent TrapWhistle Down the Wind) and Paul Nicholas (Jesus Christ SuperstarEastEnders) 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Paula Wilcox, who was previously announced for the production has now withdrawn due to a scheduling conflict.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.

📷 Main photo: Rula Lenska

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