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Preview: Best Exotic Marigold Hotel at Newcastle Theatre Royal

 Get Ready For The Journey Of A Lifetime

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 

Newcastle Theatre Royal 

Tuesday 4 – Saturday 8 October 2022

Celebrated stars of stage and screen will bring Deborah Moggach’s best-selling novel – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - to life when the feel-good tale of love, adventure, and starting-over comes to Newcastle Theatre Royal this week.

The cherished story, which previously inspired the BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominated film, will see Academy Award winner Hayley Mills (Pollyanna, The Parent Trap, Whistle Down the Wind, Wild at Heart) star as Evelyn alongside Paul Nicholas (Jesus Christ Superstar, BBC 1’s Just Good Friends, EastEnders) who plays Douglas and Rula Lenska (ITV’s Rock Follies, Coronation Street) who performs as Madge.

The cast will also include 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). 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.

Based on the Sunday Times bestseller which inspired one of this century’s most treasured films, the much-loved story takes you 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.

Hayley Mills said: “I am delighted to join the company of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, as this beautiful story of love and the importance of new beginnings receives a new life as a fantastically feel-good stage play. Tales that warm the heart and lift the spirit are a much-needed tonic at this time and I am thrilled to be part of the production’s exciting journey.”

The film saw its UK theatrical release in 2012 and 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 year’s highest-grossing films.


The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel plays at Newcastle Theatre Royal on Tuesday 4 – Saturday 8 October 2022 with evening performances each night at 7.30pm and matinee performances on Thursday at 2pm and Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced from £15.00 and can be purchased at or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 0191 232 7010.

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