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BBC favourites to star in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Everyman Theatre is delighted to announce that much-loved comedy actress Belinda Lang (ITV’s Second Thoughts; BBC 1’s 2point4 Children), Graham Seed, best known for his award-winning long-running performance as Nigel Pargetter in BBC Radio 4’s The Archers, Kriss Dosanjh (ITV’s Coronation Street, Emmerdale and The Larkins) and Paola Dionisotti (HBO’s Game of Thrones, Florence Foster Jenkins and ITV’s Harbour Lights) will complete the company of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on the record-breaking tour’s second leg.
They will join previously revealed stage and screen stars Paul Nicholas (Jesus Christ Superstar, BBC 1’s Just Good Friends, Eastenders, The Real Marigold Hotel) and Tessa Peake-Jones (Raquel in BBC 1’s Only Fools and Horses, ITV’s Grantchester) in Deborah Moggach’s celebrated show, which will be at The Everyman Theatre from 27th February – 4th March 2023.
Belinda Lang stars as Madge, Graham Seed as Norman, Tessa Peake-Jones as Evelyn, Kriss Dosanjh as Jimmy and Paola Dionisotti as Dorothy. Paul Nicholas continues in his role as Douglas.
They join Tiran Aakel (The Kite Runner, UK and Dubai Tour; Umm Kalthoum and The Golden Era, Dubai Opera House) who performs as Mr Gupta, Eileen Battye (The King and I, London Palladium; Barnum, Victoria Palace) as Jean; Rekha John-Cheriyan as Mrs Kapoor (Kerbs, Tomb Raider, Dream Horse); Shila Iqbal (East Is East, Octagon Theatre; Eaten by Lions); as Sahani, Kerena Jagpal (Mismatch and Twitch, Birmingham Rep; Circle Game, Southwalk Playhouse) as Kamila, Nishad More (King Lear, Royal Shakespeare Company) as Sonny Kapoor; Marlene Sidaway (ITV’s Coronation Street, BBC 1’s Pride and Prejudice) as Muriel; Anant Varman (who makes his professional UK stage debut with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) as Mohan and Adam Morris (Dial M for Murder and The Messiah, UK Tours); Julie Wood (Brave New World, Harrogate Theatre) who join the company as male and female understudies.
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.

To book tickets to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel at The Everyman Theatre, visiy the website or call the box office on 01242 572573.

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1 February 2023

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