Review of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
By Deborah Moggach.
Based on the film, my heart soared with joy from start to finish when watching the stage version at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow, Scotland. It is still touring and will into 2023. Find out more about the cast and my review below.
Based on the film, The Best Exotic Marigold is stunning on stage. I saw it at the Theatre Royal In Glasgow. It is touring into next year. The cast is amazing. There is isn’t a single one who isn’t a strong member. I admit, I hesitated when I saw this was being made into a theatre play because I loved the films so much, but when the cast list appeared, I knew I had to give it a go and I also knew I may never see Haley Mills and Rula Lenska on stage again in this play, in Scotland. It is exciting that this is doing a tour before it even reaches London’s West End. That is so wonderful because it gives so many places a chance of seeing it now, instead of waiting. I love the Westend I hasten to add, but I often find this a genius way of doing theatre.
But, was the play good and my attraction to the storyline still there in my heart and soul?
The play was everything I had hoped for an more. Rula Lenska brought wit and glamour, Haley Mills brought charm, Shila Iqbal and Nishad More and Andy De La Tour played their parts with aplomb too and RekhaThe rest of the cast were also just as fabulous.
By and large it followed the film well and cleverly added updated references to means of communication, such as mentioning Zoom and in someways the highlighting to how the UK treat their elderly and comparing it to India was even more striking and also updated to reflect a bit of the political sphere.
There was humour, warmth and charm and everything the film has in droves and in some ways , certain points made and certain bits of humour was sharper, quicker. All eyes were on this fabulous cast. It was a cast of sheer skill as the cast made the audience feel involved, don’t mistaken this as an audience participation thing, it isn’t that, it was a hand gesture, a look, a sentence. I was captivated from start to finish.
The set was creative and awe inspiring for the hotel and it was ingenious to then become the call centre at various points.
This is a play I recommend you book if you can. It’s amazing and will remain in my heart and soul for a very long time.
The play is on a 2022/2023 tour in the UK.