Oscar-winning actress Hayley Mills will star alongside Paul Nicholas and Paula Wilcox for the first UK tour of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, checking in at The Lowry in Salford in November (November 8-12).
This new stage adaptation is by Deborah Moggach – adapting her own best-selling novel These Foolish Things, the book that inspired the BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominated movies.
Seventy six-year-old Hayley Mills isn't well known to many modern theatre and movie fans but the multi-award-winning film and theatre star – the daughter of the late British star Sir John Mills and his wife, author Mary Hayley Bell – has been performing since she was nine years old.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel takes audiences to India with a group of British retirees as they move to what they think is a luxury retirement hotel. The building has none of the opulence they were promised, but their lives begin to intertwine and they begin to love their new country in unexpected and life-changing ways.
Since her childhood, Hayley has appeared in 33 movies, including iconic films The Parent Trap and Whistle Down the Wind in 1961, The Family Way (1966), Endless Night (1971) and Appointment With Death (1988). More recently she has been seen in Moving On and Pitching In for BBC One. On stage she most recently performed off-Broadway in a new comedy, Party Face.
She said: : “This beautiful story of love and the importance of new beginnings receives a new life as a fantastically-feelgood stage play. Tales that warm the heart and lift the spirit are a much-needed tonic at this time and I am thrilled to be touring to so many of the UK's beautiful towns and cities."
Paul Nicholas has been a household favourite since playing Vince Pinner in the celebrated British sitcom Just Good Friends. Paul has continued to star in many TV series including EastEnders. His success on stage began more than 50 years ago in the London premiere of Hair – and Manchester theatre fans will always recall his role as the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance in the city, alongside the youthful Michael Ball and Bonnie Langford. He is also a co-producer of several stage shows, from Grease to Chess.
Paula Wilcox became a household name after starring opposite Richard Beckinsale in Jack Rosenthal's situation comedy The Lovers in 1970. She has since appeared in many TV and stage roles and can currently be seen as Elaine Jones in Coronation Street and as Sandra in Trying (Series 1-3 BBC/Apple TV).
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