BAZ BAMIGOYE: This play breathes new life into Marigoldies!

Business suit your bags for the play based on the book that spawned the hit movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, starring those formidable ladies Judi Dench and Maggie Smith.

The story of a group of British retirees enticed to spend their sunset years in the warmer climes of what turned out to be a dilapidated old pile in Bangalore struck a chord when author Deborah Moggach published her novel These Foolish Things 17 years ago.

And the film version, directed by John Madden, cost more than £120 million at the box office when it was released in 2012 – raking in even more than that in 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 retirees in Bangalore struck a chord when author Deborah Moggach (pictured) published her novel These Foolish Things 17 years ago

The story of a group of British retirees 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 £120 million at the box office when released in 2012.

The film version, directed by John Madden and starring Maggie Smith (pictured), cost over £120 million at the box office when released in 2012.

Moggach told me she has adapted her book into a drama that will be showing at the Richmond Theater for two weeks beginning August 30. It will then tour the UK in 2023 before heading to the West End.

And she said she enjoyed revisiting the characters she created: the seven retirees who had been outsourced from the Home Counties to a hotel in the South Indian state of Karnataka, run by aspiring entrepreneur Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel in the South Indian state of Karnataka). movie).

“I felt like they’ve literally been waiting in the wings for their moment on stage all this time,” she said, adding: “I’m bringing them back to life, with the holograms of Judi Dench and Maggie Smith floating above them, which is quite fascinating. I’ll see who we cast!’

Moggach and producer Simon Friend both emphasized that the play The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, directed by Lucy Bailey, will be based solely on the book, not the movie, “although I’ve had to change it a lot because there are peripheral characters that we don’t.” no longer needed,” the author said.

Main characters for the show are Evelyn, a retired librarian, and Muriel, a bookkeeper – Dench and Smith in the film.

Both versions of Moggoch’s story — page and screen — led to a sea change in attitudes “towards what we call old people,” Moggach noted.

Moggach (pictured) revealed she has adapted her book into a drama that will be showing at the Richmond Theater for two weeks from August 30, before touring the UK in 2023.

Moggach (pictured) revealed she has adapted her book into a drama that will be showing at the Richmond Theater for two weeks from August 30, before touring the UK in 2023.

She enjoys revisiting the characters she has created: the seven retirees who have been outsourced from the Home Counties to a hotel in the Indian state of Karnataka.  Pictured: Judi Dench as Evelyn

She enjoys revisiting the characters she has created: the seven retirees who have been outsourced from the Home Counties to a hotel in the Indian state of Karnataka. Pictured: Judi Dench as Evelyn

Key characters for the show are Evelyn (pictured), a retired librarian, and Muriel, a bookkeeper ¿ Dench and Smith in the film

Key characters for the show are Evelyn (pictured), a retired librarian, and Muriel, a bookkeeper – Dench and Smith in the film

She believes that ‘old people are not old at all… we are exactly the same as always! We just have more wrinkles. I’m 73, but I actually feel 34.”

At its core, the story is about “living instead of dying, and about making the most of your life, when you’re ready,” she added.

Producer Friend said a read-through of Moggach’s play was recently held while casting is now underway.

He’s also come to an agreement with 20th Century Studios about using the more famous Exotic Marigold Hotel title for the show, rather than These Foolish Things, like the book.

TOP GUN TOM IS READY TO START UP

Tom Cruise’s parting gift to cast and crew members working on his Mission: Impossible 7 movie was 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 technicians I encountered on the set of another film shot in Hertfordshire.

Tom Cruise's parting gift to cast and crew members working on his Mission: Impossible 7 movie was to screen his Top Gun sequel, Maverick (pictured)

Tom Cruise’s parting gift to cast and crew members working on his Mission: Impossible 7 movie was to screen his Top Gun sequel, Maverick (pictured)

According to them, Top Gun: Maverick is a ‘purely fun adventure’.

Looking forward to seeing it early next year – and MI7 next September.

By then, MI8 will already be shooting.

WATCH OUT FOR…

Emma Williams, who will perform in cabaret at the Hippodrome Casino on December 7.

The actress has been nominated four times for Olivier Awards, for roles in Love Story, Zorro, Mrs Henderson Presents and Half A Sixpence, and will perform excerpts from this and many of the other musicals she has starred in.

I first met Emma early in her career when she played the part of Truly Scrumptious opposite Michael Ball in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium.

Agatha Christie’s whodunit The Mousetrap, entering its 70th year in the West End today.

Now running at St Martin’s Theatre, the show opened in the Ambassadors on 25 November 1952 starring Richard Attenborough and Sheila Sim.

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