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The Far Pavilions posts closing notices

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

INSPITE of recently extending its booking period to January 14, 2006, it has just been announced that The Far Pavilions will close on September 17, 2005, after just five months.

The reason given is leading lady Iyer's impending return to India when her work permit expires. However, producers are considering a UK regional tour.

Earlier this week, the show celebrated 58 years of Indian and Pakistani independence by offering tickets for 58 rupees - about 75p.

Previously Posted: It has now been confirmed that Hadley Fraser and Gayatri Iyer will head the 50-strong cast of the £4 million musical, The Far Pavilions, when it premieres at the Shaftesbury Theatre, on April 14, 2005.

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PREVIOUSLY POSTED: After almost ten years in the making, a new musical version of MM Kaye's novel, The Far Pavilions, will open at the Shaftesbury Theatre on April 14, 2005 (previews from March 24).



Originally published in 1978, The Far Pavilions is a story of forbidden love; of a young Englishman, Ashton Pelham-Martyn, and Anjuli, an Indian princess.

Set in 19th century colonial India, it has all the ingredients that make a story unforgettable - divided loyalties, friendship that endures till death, the clash between east and west, and exotic locations, such as the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas.

Previously seen as a TV adaptation in 1984, with Sir Ben Kingley and Amy Irving in key roles, the stage version will star Hadley Fraser (Marius in Les Miserables) and Kabir Bedi.

The Far Pavilions will be produced by Michael Ward whose wife, a fan of the novel, first gave him the idea for a musical version. Author MM Kaye was also involved with the project although, sadly, she died in January this year, so will not see it come to fruition.

Kaye, herself, had strong links with India. She was born there and subsequently, spent most of her childhood and early married life in that country.

Several close family members, her husband included, served the Raj; while her grandfather's first cousin, Sir John Kaye, wrote accounts of the Indian Mutiny and the first Afghan War.

The Far Pavilions will be directed by Gale Edwards; with words and lyrics by Stephen Clark who won an Olivier award for his contribution to Martin Guerre, and music by Philip Henderson.

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