巴兹·巴米高耶: This play gives new lease of life to Marigoldies!

巴兹·巴米高耶: This stage play gives new lease of life to Marigoldies!

Pack your bags for the stage play based on the book that spawned the hit film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, starring those formidable dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith.

The story of a group of British retirees lured 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 几年前.

And the film version, directed by John Madden, took 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 stage play based on the book that spawned the hit film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, starring Judi Dench (图为) and Maggie Smith

Pack your bags for the stage play based on the book that spawned the hit film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, starring Judi Dench (图为) and Maggie Smith

The story of a group of British retirees in Bangalore struck a chord when author Deborah Moggach (图为) published her novel These Foolish Things 17 几年前

The story of a group of British retirees in Bangalore struck a chord when author Deborah Moggach (图为) published her novel These Foolish Things 17 几年前

The film version, directed by John Madden and starring Maggie Smith (图为), took more than £120 million at the box office when it was released in 2012

The film version, directed by John Madden and starring Maggie Smith (图为), took more than £120 million at the box office when it was released in 2012

Moggach told me she has adapted her book into a drama that will open at Richmond Theatre for a two-week run from August 30. It will then tour the UK into 2023, before heading to the West End.

And she said she’s enjoyed revisiting the characters she created: the seven retirees outsourced from the Home Counties to a hotel in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, run by budding entrepreneur Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel in the film).

‘I felt that they’ve been literally waiting in the wings all this time for their moment on the stage,’ 她说, adding ‘I’m bringing them alive again, with the holograms of Judi Dench and Maggie Smith hovering over them, which is rather fascinating. I’ll see who we cast!’

Moggach and producer Simon Friend both stressed that The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel play, directed by Lucy Bailey, will be based solely on the book, not the film, ‘though I’ve had to change it a lot because there are peripheral characters we don’t need any more,’ said the author.

Key characters for the show will include Evelyn, a retired librarian, and Muriel, a book-keeper — Dench and Smith in the movie.

Both versions of Moggoch’s tale — page and screen — prompted a sea-change in attitudes ‘to what we call old people’, Moggach noted.

Moggach (图为) revealed she has adapted her book into a drama that will open at Richmond Theatre for a two-week run from August 30, before touring the UK into 2023

Moggach (图为) revealed she has adapted her book into a drama that will open at Richmond Theatre for a two-week run from August 30, before touring the UK into 2023

She is enjoyed revisiting the characters she created: the seven retirees outsourced from the Home Counties to a hotel in the Indian state of Karnataka. 图为: Judi Dench as Evelyn

She is enjoyed revisiting the characters she created: the seven retirees outsourced from the Home Counties to a hotel in the Indian state of Karnataka. 图为: Judi Dench as Evelyn

Key characters for the show will include Evelyn (图为), a retired librarian, and Muriel, a book-keeper ¿ Dench and Smith in the movie

Key characters for the show will include Evelyn (图为), a retired librarian, and Muriel, a book-keeper — Dench and Smith in the movie

She believes that ‘old people aren’t old at allwe’re exactly the same as we always were! We’ve just got more wrinkles. 我是 73, but I feel 34, actually.

At its heart, the story is about ‘living rather than dying, and about making the most of your life, if you’re up for it’, 她补充说.

Producer Friend said that a read-through of Moggach’s play was held recently with casting now under way.

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

TOP GUN TOM IS SET FOR TAKE OFF

Tom Cruise’s parting gift to cast and crew members working on his Mission: 不可能的 7 film was to put on 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 favourable comments made by a couple of technicians I bumped into on the set of another film, being shot in Hertfordshire.

Tom Cruise's parting gift to cast and crew members working on his Mission: 不可能的 7 film was to put on a screening of his Top Gun sequel, Maverick (图为)

Tom Cruise’s parting gift to cast and crew members working on his Mission: 不可能的 7 film was to put on a screening of his Top Gun sequel, Maverick (图为)

According to them, 壮志凌云: Maverick is a ‘sheer fun adventure’.

I look forward to seeing it early next year — and MI7 next September.

By which time 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 for Olivier awards four times, for roles in Love Story, Zorro, Mrs Henderson Presents and Half A Sixpence, and will perform excerpts from those and many of the other musicals she has appeared in.

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

Agatha Christie’s whodunnit The Mousetrap, which enters its 70th year in the West End today.

演出, which is running at the St Martin’s Theatre now, opened at the Ambassadors on November 25, 1952, with Richard Attenborough and Sheila Sim in the starring roles.

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