NEWS: Full Casting Announced for the World Premiere of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

This new stage adaptation will open at Richmond Theatre on the 5th September.

Full casting has been announced for Deborah Moggach’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel which is set to embark on a UK tour from next month. Joining Hayley Mills (Pollyanna, The Parent Trap, Whistle Down the Wind), Paul Nicholas (Jesus Christ Superstar, BBC 1’s Just Good Friends, Eastenders) and Rula Lenska (ITV’s Rock Follies, Coronation Street, Channel 4’s Celebrity Big Brother) will be: Tiran Aakel  (The Kite Runner, UK and Dubai Tour; Umm Kalthoum and The Golden Era, Dubai Opera House), Richenda Carey (Calendar Girls, West End/UK Tour; BBC 1’s Monarch of the Glen), Rekha John-Cheriyan (Kerbs, Tomb Raider, Dream Horse); Andy de la Tour (Plenty, Notting Hill) ; Shila Iqbal (East Is East, Octagon Theatre; Eaten by Lions); Kerena Jagpal (Mismatch and Twitch, Birmingham Rep; Circle Game, Southwalk Playhouse), Harmage Singh Kalirai (Mischief Night,  A Very British Coup), Sally Knyvette (ITV’s Emmerdale; BBC 1’s Blake’s 7), Nishad More (King Lear, Royal Shakespeare Company)Marlene Sidaway (ITV’s Coronation Street, BBC 1’s Pride and Prejudice); Anant Varman (who makes his professional UK stage debut with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Adam Morris (Dial M for Murder and The Messiah, UK Tours); and Julie Wood (Brave New World, Harrogate Theatre).

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.

Adapted from her novel 2004’s These Foolish Things which was then transformed into the 2012 film, Deborah Moggach’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is directed by Lucy Bailey (Oleanna, UK Tour & West End); Gaslight, UK Tour; Witness for the Prosecution, London’s County Hall). The creative team behind the production also includes: 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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