Pack your bags for the play based on the book that gave birth to the hit movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, starring these formidable ladies Judi Dench and Maggie Smith.
The story of a group of British retirees drawn to spend their sunset years in the warmer climates of what turned out to be a dilapidated old heap in Bangalore struck a chord when author Deborah Moggach spoke published his novel These crazy things 17 years ago.
And the film version, directed by John Madden, cost more than £ 120million at the box office when it was released in 2012, which adds up to even more video sales.
Pack your bags for the play based on the book that spawned the hit movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, starring Judi Dench (pictured) and Maggie Smith
The story of a group of British pensioners in Bangalore struck a chord when author Deborah Moggach (pictured) published her novel These Foolish Things 17 years ago
The film version, directed by John Madden and starring Maggie Smith (pictured), cost over £ 120million at the box office when it was released in 2012
Moggach told me that she had adapted her book into a drama which will open at the Richmond Theater for two weeks starting August 30. He will then tour the UK until 2023, before heading to the West End.
And she said she enjoyed revisiting the characters she created: the seven retirees contracted out from the Home Counties to a hotel in Karnataka state, southern India, run by the entrepreneur in grass Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel in the movie).
“I felt they were literally waiting backstage the entire time for their moment on stage,” she said, adding “I bring them back to life, with the holograms of Judi Dench and Maggie Smith hovering in the sky. above them, which is quite fascinating. I’ll see who we throw! ‘
Moggach and producer Simon Friend both pointed out that the play The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, directed by Lucy Bailey, will be based only on the book, not the movie, “although I had to change it a lot because it there are peripheral characters that we “don’t need anymore,” said the author.
Key characters on the show will include Evelyn, a retired librarian, and Muriel, an accountant – Dench and Smith in the film.
Both versions of Moggoch’s tale – page and screen – caused a dramatic shift in attitude “towards what we call the elderly,” Moggach noted.
Moggach (pictured) has revealed she has adapted her book into a drama which will open at the Richmond Theater for two weeks from August 30, before touring the UK in 2023
She enjoys revisiting the characters she created: the seven retired Home Counties contracted out in a hotel in the Indian state of Karnataka. Pictured: Judi Dench as Evelyn
Key characters on the show will include Evelyn (pictured), a retired librarian, and Muriel, an accountant – Dench and Smith in the movie
She thinks that “old people are not old at all… we are exactly the same as we always have been! We just have more wrinkles. I’m 73, but I’m 34, actually. ‘
Basically, the story is about “living rather than dying, and making the most of your life, if you’re up for it,” she added.
Producer Friend said a reading of Moggach’s play took place recently and casting is underway.
He also came to a deal with 20th Century Studios to use the more familiar Exotic Marigold hotel title for the show, rather than These Crazy Things, like the book.
TOP GUN TOM IS PUT ON TAKEOFF
Tom Cruise’s farewell gift to the cast and crew working on his Mission: Impossible 7 film was to present a screening of his Top Gun sequel, Maverick.
Film crews are notoriously hard to please when it comes to watching movies, so I was struck by the favorable comments from a few techies I met on the set of another movie, shot in the Hertfordshire.
Tom Cruise’s farewell gift to the cast and crew working on his Mission: Impossible 7 movie was to screen his Top Gun sequel, Maverick (pictured)
According to them, Top Gun: Maverick is “pure fun adventure”.
I can’t wait to see it early next year – and at MI7 next September.
At that point, MI8 will already be running.
PAY ATTENTION TO…
Emma Williams, who will perform in a cabaret at the Casino Hippodrome on December 7th.
The actress has been nominated four times for the Olivier Awards, for roles in Love Story, Zorro, Mrs Henderson Presents and Half A Sixpence, and will perform clips from these and many other musicals she has appeared in.
I first met Emma early in her career when she starred as Truly Scrumptious alongside Michael Ball in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium.
Agatha Christie’s thriller The Mousetrap, now entering its 70th year in the West End.
The show, currently set at St Martin’s Theater, premiered at the Ambassadors on November 25, 1952, with Richard Attenborough and Sheila Sim in the lead roles.