A teenage boy adrift at sea for 227 days with only a Royal Bengal tiger for company? Yann Martel's Booker Prize-winning philosophical novel Life of Pi is the ultimate adaptation challenge - which is what makes this triumphant Sheffield Crucible production, now playing in the West End, such a pleasure. It's a clear team effort: serious theatrical craft and creative brilliance that results in images of hallucinatory beauty.Hiran Abeysekera plays Pi Patel, who loses his family when the ship...
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Following a critically and commercially successful world premiere at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre, Life of Pi transfers to Wyndham's Theatre in London. Life of Pi tickets are available on London Theatre now.
Life of Pi is a play that's based on Yann Martel's Man Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name. Life of Pi centres on the title character, the sole human survivor of a shipwreck along with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Together, the boy, the beast and a menagerie must learn to coexist on a lifeboat as they battle for survival.
*Life of Pi* is an epic voyage across the ocean, adapted beautifully for the stage by Lolita Chakrabarti. Chakrabarti's works include Red Velvet at the Garrick Theatre and Hymn at the Almeida Theatre. In 2021, Chakrabarti was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama.
The Life of Pi novel was adapted into a film in 2012 which, directed by Ang Lee, was a huge success. Grossing over $600 million at the box office, the film, which starred Suraj Sharma, was nominated for nine Academy Awards, taking home four including Best Director and Best Original Score.
Chakrabarti's stage adaptation premiered at Sheffield Theatres in June 2019 to positive reviews from theatre critics. The Life of Pi play features inventive direction by Max Webster, with life-size puppets designed by Nick Barnes and Finn Caldwell.
Tickets to Life of Pi are available now. Book your Life of Pi tickets on London Theatre today.
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Cast and creative
By: Lolita Chakrabarti, based on the book by Yann Martel
Producer: Simon Friend in association with Playing Field and Robert Bartner
Director: Max Webster
Cast list: Hiran Abeysekera, Mina Anwar, Sagar Arya, Alex Chang, Fred Davis, Tom Espiner, Kirsten Foster, Daisy Franks, Raj Ghatak, Nuwan Hugh Perera, Romina Hytten, Sarah Kameela Impey, Tom Larkin, David K.S. Tse, Syreeta Kumar, Deeivya Meir, Habib Nasib Nader and Scarlet Wilderink
Lighting: Tim Lutkin
Sound: Carolyn Downing
Design: Tim Hatley
Costume: Tim Hatley
Puppetry: Finn Caldwell
Latest Life of Pi News & Features
The multi-Olivier-winning play continues its West End run. Life of Pi will play an extended booking period through 30 October. Life of Pi is at the Wyndham’s Theatre. Life of Pi tickets are on sale now. The Life of Pi play won five Olivier Awards earlier this year, including Best New Play, Best Actor, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Set Design and Best Lighting Design. Read all the Olivier Award winners here. Based on Yann Martel’s award-winning novel of the same name, Life of Pi follows a...
Life of Pi will play an extended booking period at the Wyndham’s Theatre. Life of Pi performances are now scheduled to 4 September, and Life of Pi tickets are on sale now. The Life of Pi play received nine Olivier Award nominations earlier this month, including Best New Play, Best Actor (for Hiran Abeysekera, who plays Pi), and Best Director (for Max Webster.) Read all the 2022 Olivier Award nominations here. Based on Yann Martel’s award-winning novel of the same name, Life of Pi follows a...
Are there more puppets than actors on our stages at the moment? Well, perhaps not quite, but this is certainly a golden age of puppetry in British theatre — from Life of Pi, Frozen, The Ocean at the End of the Lane and The Lion King in the West End to Animal Farm on tour, and the upcoming 101 Dalmatians at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Crucially, puppets can make the impossible seem possible. Finn Caldwell, co-puppet designer and puppetry and movement director for Life of Pi, knew the show's...
Even though it's over a year since Life of Pi was originally scheduled to open in London, the full cast for the Life of Pi West End transfer has been named. Life of Pi is at the Wyndham's Theatre from 15 November.As previously confirmed, Hiran Abeysekera will reprise the role of Pi. Mina Anwar plays Ma, with Nicholas Khan as Father, Payal Mistry as Rani, Tom Espiner as Father Martin and Commmander Grant-Jones, Raj Ghatak as Mamaji and Pandit-Ji, Syreeta Kumar as Mrs Biology Kumar and Zaida Khan,...
UPDATE: New dates added on 20 April 2021After the initial performance dates of Life of Pi were postponed, a new performance schedule has now been announced. Life of Pi will now open at the Wyndham's Theatre on 14 Nov. 2021, with performances to 9 Jan. 2022.Based on Yann Martel's award-winning novel, Life of Pi follows Pi, a young Indian boy who survives a shipwreck. Left with just a Bengal tiger for company, the pair coexist on a lifeboat as they struggle to survive.Life of Pi premiered at the...
The full casting for Life of Pi's West End transfer has been announced, ahead of opening at the Wyndham's Theatre this summer. Based on Yann Martel's Man Booker Prize-winning novel, Lolita Chakrabati's award-winning stage adaptation transfers from Sheffield to London, with members of the original cast reprising their performances in the upcoming West End production.Hiran Abeysekera to play Pi Following his performance as the titular character in Sheffield, Hiran Abeysekera will reprise the role...
Lolita Chakrabarti's stage adaptation of Yann Martel's Man Booker Prize-winning novel Life of Pi is set to transfer to the West End following a world premiere run in Sheffield.Directed by Max Webster, the play follows a young boy who is the lone human survivor of a shipwreck along with a Bengal tiger with which he must teach to trust him in order to survive.The production, which ran in June this year, features intricate puppetry - designed by Nick Barnes and Finn Caldwell - to realistically...