The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Drama  /  8f, 6m

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a joyous comedy about taking risks, finding love and embracing second chances, even in the most surprising of places.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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    Cast Size
    8f, 6m



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, they are charmed in unexpected and life-changing ways.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a joyous comedy about taking risks, finding love and embracing second chances, even in the most surprising of places.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was first performed at Richmond Theatre on 5 September 2022.
EVELYN – in her 70s, polite Home Counties widow
DOUGLAS – early 70s, pleasant and amiable retired teacher. Married to Jean
MADGE – in her 70s. Brassy, a bit vulgar but a lot of fun. Ran her own fashion business
MR GUPTA – in his 50s. Bit of a martinet, manages the call centre
DOROTHY – in her 80s. Intellectual, ex-BBC
MRS KAPOOR – in her 50s. Strong-willed, highly-strung mother of Sonny
NORMAN – in his 70s, a racketty old roue
SAHANI – in her 20s. Beautiful, feisty, fun. In love with Sonny
KAMILA – in her 20s. Also works at the call centre
JIMMY – in his 80s. The ancient old hotel servant
JEAN – Early 70s, bossy, smug, left-wing. Retired teacher
SONNY KAPOOR – early 30s. Good-looking, endearing and rather hapless son of Mrs Kapoor
MURIEL – in her 80s. Retired cleaner, working-class Londoner
MOHAN – in his 20s. Works at the call centre
TIKAL – in his 20s. The hotel sweeper


“Hilarious and moving.” — Express & Star

“[It's] warming audiences” hearts.' — The Mancunion

“The feel-good tale of love and adventure.” — Wiltshire Times


Checking in at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: Q&A with author Deborah Moggach
Matt Law
April 12, 2023

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Deborah Moggach

Deborah Moggach has written 20 novels and many screenplays. Her most recent novel, The Black Dress was published on 22 July 2021 and Fool For Love, a collection of Deborah’s short stories was released in 2022. Her novel and adaptation, The Carer, was published in Summer 2019 ...
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