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Further Casting Announced for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Simon Friend Entertainment has confirmed that Andy de la Tour (Plenty, Notting Hill), Marlene Sidaway (ITV’s Coronation Street, BBC 1’s Pride and Prejudice) and Rekha John-Cheriyan (Kerbs, Tomb Raider, Dream Horse) will join the cast of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel when it begins its first-ever tour in Richmond this September.

HAYLEY MILLS, PAUL NICHOLAS and RULA LENSKA in the first major theatrical staging of Deborah Moggach’s much-loved tale of starting over.
in the first major theatrical staging of
Deborah Moggach’s much-loved tale of starting over.

They join celebrated stars of stage and screen Hayley Mills (Pollyanna, The Parent Trap, Whistle Down the Wind) and 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) in this feel-good tale of love and adventure which also reveals new artwork today.

The play is written by Deborah Moggach who now adapts her bestselling novel 2004’s These Foolish Things for the stage, it having previously inspired 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).

Andy de la Tour’s theatre credits include Medea and Celebration (Almeida Theatre); People and No Man’s Land (National Theatre); Blue Heart (Orange Tree Theatre); The Last Yankee (Print Room) and Lay Down Your Cross (Hampstead Theatre). Film includes Ann Boleyn, Star Wars: Rogue One, Le Confessioni, Dough, Oliver Twist, 44” Chest and Asylum. Television includes Strike, Good Omens, Victoria, Nighty Night, Waking the Dead, Casualty.

Rekha John-Cheriyan’s theatre credits include Kerbs (UK Tour); Soldier On (UK Tour) and Beyond Shame (Derby Theatre). Film includes Polite Society, Dream Horse, Tomb Raider and Little English. TV includes The Full Monty, The Undeclared War, and Hollyoaks.

Marlene Sidaway trained at the East 15 Acting School. Her theatre credits includes Tapestry (Milton Keynes); Pigeons (Hen & Chickens Theatre); Beneath the Blue Rinse (Park Theatre); Returning to Haifa (Finborough); Talking Heads, Enjoy and The Crucible(West Yorkshire Playhouse); Lady in the Van (Salisbury); The Daughter in Law and Macbeth (Sheffield Crucible Theatre); The Enchantment and A Prayer for Owen Meany (National Theatre); The Madness of Esme and Shaz (Royal Court); Dearly Beloved (Hampstead Theatre); Uncle Vanya (Print Room); Kenny Morgan (Arcola); Kiss me Like you Mean it (Soho Theatre); Joking Apart and Lady of Letters (Scarborough) and We’ll Always Have Paris(Sonning). Film Includes: Allelujah; Me and Orson Wells and Anna Karenina. TV Includes: Mum; Holby City; In the Long Run; Pride & Prejudice; Coronation Street; Doc Martin; Wallander; Ready When You are Mr McGill; Holby City and The Kiss of Death.

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 film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (directed by John Madden) saw its UK theatrical release in 2012. Within two weeks of its cinematic distribution, the film had topped the UK Box Office and went on to become a hit internationally performing as one of the highest-grossing films of 2012 in Australia and New Zealand in addition to the United Kingdom.

The interwoven stories of the film’s stellar ensemble, which included Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilson, Tom Wilkinson, Celie Imrie, and Ronald Pickup – with Dev Patel as the put-upon owner of a past-its-best hotel for ‘the elderly and beautiful’ – shone a light on issues such as the outsourcing of care and NHS treatments, the complexity of family relationships around the world, love, compassion, and companionship in our twilight years.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is produced by Simon Friend, Jenny King, Trafalgar Entertainment, and Gavin Kalin.

Get ready for the journey of a lifetime.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – 2022 Tour Dates

** Please note Hayley Mills, Paul Nicholas and Rula Lenska perform until Saturday 11th February. Further casting to be announced.

Mon 5th – Sat 10 Sept Box Office: 03330 096 690
Richmond Theatre

Tue 13 – Sat 17 Sept Box Office: 0114 249 6000
Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

Tue 20 – Sat 24 Sept Box Office: 0844 871 7650
Theatre Royal, Brighton

Tue 27 Sept – Sat 1 Oct Box Office: 0844 8717647
Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Tue 4 – Sat 8 Oct Box Office: 08448 11 21 21
Theatre Royal, Newcastle www.theatreroyal.co.uk

Tue 11 – Sat 5 Oct Box Office: 01872 262 466
Hall for Cornwall, Truro www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Tue 18 – Sat 22 Oct Box Office: 0343 310 0020
Churchill Theatre, Bromley www.churchilltheatre.co.uk

Mon 24 – Sat 29 Oct Box Office: 01603 630 000
Theatre Royal, Norwich www.norwichtheatre.org

Tue 1 Oct – Sat 5 Nov Box Office: 0116 242 3595
Curve, Leicester www.curveonline.co.uk

Tue 8 – Sat 12 Nov Box Office: 0343 208 6000
The Lowry, Salford www.thelowry.com

Tue 15 – Sat 19 Nov Box Office: 0333 009 6690
New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Tue 22 – Sat 26 Nov Box Office: 01223 503 333
Cambridge Arts Theatre www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

Mon 28 Nov – Sat 3 Dec Box Office: 01225 448 844
Theatre Royal, Bath www.theatreroyal.org.uk

2023 Tour Dates
Tue 17 – Sat 21 Jan Box Office: 01227 787787
Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury www.marlowetheatre.com

Tue 24 – Sat 28 Jan Box Office: 0333 009 6690
Milton Keynes Theatre

**Tue 7 – Sat 11 Feb Box Office: 0115 989 5555
Theatre Royal, Nottingham www.trch.co.uk

Tue 21 – Sat 25 Feb Box Office: 0333 009 6690
Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Tue 28 – Sat 4 March Box Office: 01242 572 573
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham https://www.everymantheatre.org.uk/

Tue 7 – Sat 11 March Box Office: 0343 310 0041
New Theatre, Cardiff www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk/

Tue 14 – Sat 18 March Box Office: 01743 281 281
Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury https://www.theatresevern.co.uk/

Tue 28 March – Sat 1 April Box Office: 01902 429 212
Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/

Tue 4 – Sat 8 April Box Office: 01224 641 122
His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen https://www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/

Tue 18 – Sat 22 April Box Office: 01752 267 222
Theatre Royal, Plymouth https://theatreroyal.com/

Tue 25 – Sat 29 April Box Office: 01483 44 00 00
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk/

Tue 23 – Sat 27 May Box Office: 02380 711811
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton https://www.mayflower.org.uk/

Tue 30 May – Sat 3 June Box Office: 0131 529 6000
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh https://www.capitaltheatres.com/

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