The cast is filled with well known performers such as Paul Nicholas who plays the rather henpecked Douglas. Alongside Eileen Battye who plays his wife Jean, all is not what it seems in their ‘perfect marriage’ and a new romance beckons with Evelyn (Tessa Peake-Jones), a character who arrives quite shy, but blossoms in her new surroundings.
We also meet Norman played by Graham Seed, a man scorned, as we find out throughout the show. His goal from the trip is to bag a younger female companion and much to his best efforts doesn’t quite achieve his goal. Belinda Lang brings us the hilarious and ‘no filter’ Madge, a glamorous lady who is also out for love, however she has her sights set rather higher with a ‘Maharaja’ being her preferred suitor. Marlene Sidaway as Muriel is my favourite character of the night with plenty of witty recourse between the rest of the guests and staff at the hotel. Finally, we meet Dorothy played by Paola Dionisotti who is slightly mysterious in her reasoning for being at the hotel.
The relationship between Mrs Kapoor (Rekha John-Cheriyan) and her son, Sonny (Nishad More) seems a familiar stereotype of an Indian mother and her son and it was played to wonderful comedic effect. Sonny’s love interest Sahani (Shila Iqbal) was not the woman Mrs Kapoor had envisaged her son marrying, but after realising that you should marry for love, their relationship was allowed to bloom.