Remaining cast have been announced for the UK tour of the new stage adaptation of Deborah Moggach’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
They will join the previously announced Hayley Mills, Paul Nicholas and Rula Lenska, who play Evelyn, Douglas and Madge, when the show opens for its world premiere at London’s Richmond Theatre on 5 September 2022.
They are Tiran Aakel as Mr Gupta, Richenda Carey as Dorothy, Rekha John-Cheriyan as Mrs Kapoor, Andy de la Tour as Norman, Shila Iqbal as Sahani, Kerena Jagpal as Kamila, Harmage Singh Kalirai as Jimmy, Sally Knyvette as Jean, Nishad More as Sonny Kapoor, Marlene Sidaway as Muriel, and Anant Varman as Mohan. Adam Morris and Julie Wood are the understudies.
New rehearsal photography by Johan Persson has been released to tie in with the announcement. See below for more pictures.
The show, adapted by Moggach and directed by Lucy Bailey, will run in Richmond to 10 September and then tour to Sheffield’s Lyceum Theatre from 13 to 17 September, Theatre Royal Brighton from 20 to 24 September, Theatre Royal Glasgow from 27 September to 1 October, Theatre Royal Newcastle from 4 to 8 October, Hall for Cornwall in Truro from 11 to 15 October, Churchill Theatre in Bromley from 18 to 22 October, Theatre Royal Norwich from 24 to 29 October, Curve in Leicester from 1 to 5 November, The Lowry in Salford from 8 to 12 November, New Victoria Theatre in Woking from 15 to 19 November, Cambridge Arts Theatre from 22 to 26 November, and Theatre Royal Bath from 28 November to 3 December.
The tour will resume in 2023, starting at Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury from 17 to 21 January, Milton Keynes Theatre from 24 to 28 January, and Theatre Royal in Nottingham from 7 to 11 February, which will be the last performance for the original cast.
Further casting will be announced for the rest of the tour which starts at Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham from 21 to 25 February, Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham from 28 February to 4 March, New Theatre in Cardiff from 7 to 11 March, Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury from 14 to 18 March, Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton from 28 March to 1 April, His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen from 4 to 8 April, Theatre Royal Plymouth from 18 to 22 April, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford from 25 to 29 April, Mayflower Theatre in Southampton from 23 to 27 May, and Festival Theatre in Edinburgh from 30 May to 3 June.
Based on Moggach’s best-selling book, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel follows an eclectic group of British retirees as they embark on a new life in India. 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 2012 film of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel featured Judi Dench as Evelyn, Bill Nighy as Douglas, Maggie Smith as Muriel, Penelope Wilton as Jean, Tom Wilkinson as Graham, Celie Imrie as Madge, Ronald Pickup as Norman and Dev Patel as Sonny.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is produced by Simon Friend, Jenny King, Trafalgar Entertainment and Gavin Kalin.