First look: Best Exotic Marigold Hotel stage adaptation enters rehearsals as cast confirmed

Lucy Bailey directs Hayley Mills, Rula_Lenska and Richenda Carey

Hayley Mills, Paul Nicholas and Rula Lenska have entered rehearsals for the stage adaptation of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which opens at Richmond Theatre on September 5 2022.

Hayley Mills (Pollyanna, The Parent Trap, Whistle Down the Wind) stars as Evelyn, Paul Nicholas (Jesus Christ Superstar, Just Good Friends) plays Douglas and Rula Lenska (Rock Follies) performs as Madge. The adaptation is directed by Lucy Bailey (pictured top left).  

They join Tiran Aakel  (The Kite Runner) as Mr Gupta, Richenda Carey (Calendar Girls) as Dorothy, Rekha John-Cheriyan (Tomb Raider) and Andy de la Tour (Notting Hill) as Norman. Also cast are Shila Iqbal, Kerena Jagpal, Harmage Singh Kalirai, Sally Knyvette, Nishad More, Marlene Sidaway and Anant Varman.

Deborah Moggach has adapted her bestselling novel, 2004’s These Foolish Things, for the stage, having previously inspired the BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominated film. 

The feel-good comedy takes us on a journey to India with an eclectic group of British retirees as they embark on a new life…

The feel-good comedy will take theatre goers on a journey to India with an eclectic group of British retirees as they embark on a new life. Their 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 John Madden directed The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movie, whose ensemble cast includes Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilson, Tom Wilkinson, Celie Imrie, and Ronald Pickup, topped the UK Box Office in 2012, and went on to become a hit internationally performing as one of the highest-grossing films of 2012 in Australia and New Zealand.

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