Cunard announces The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel UK touring production on Queen Mary 2.

29 September 2022 [Southampton, UK]

Cunard, in conjunction with Simon Friend Entertainment, announces the performance of Deborah Moggach’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel aboard flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2 between 15 and 22 December 2022 (M240).

Based on the bestselling novel that was turned into an award-winning film, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a joyous, feel-good comedy about taking risks, finding love, and embracing second chances, even in the most surprising of places.

Headlining the show are celebrated stars of stage and screen, Hayley Mills (Pollyanna, The Parent Trap, Whistle Down the Wind) who stars as Evelyn, Paul Nicholas (Jesus Christ Superstar, BBC 1’s Just Good Friends, EastEnders) who plays Douglas and Rula Lenska (ITV’s Rock Follies, Coronation Street, Channel 4’s Celebrity Big Brother) who performs as Madge in this feel-good tale of love and adventure.

Sture Myrmell, President, Carnival UK, said: “We are thrilled to welcome the cast of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel aboard our flagship, Queen Mary 2, in December. Our guests will be able to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this exclusive performance at sea and meet the stars. It will certainly be a transatlantic voyage not to miss!”

The show’s producer Simon Friend commented, “I am excited for our production of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to embark on this adventure. As a show about exploring the world and finding yourself anew, I hope too that it will connect with guests watching while on the voyage as they relax in Cunard luxury!”

“I thought I'd done it all but performing on the Queen Mary 2 in the North Atlantic will be an incredibly exciting new adventure to me and for the whole company.” said Hayley Mills.

The show, which is currently in production at London’s Richmond Theatre, will conduct three matinee and evening performances in the ship’s Royal Court Theatre during the seven-night Transatlantic Crossing. In addition, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a behind-the-scenes Q&A, as well as workshops and other appearances with the star-studded cast.

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