Life of Pi stage adaptation to transfer to Wyndham’s Theatre
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 present the tiger on stage.
Martel’s novel was released in 2001, and won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction that year and has since sold over three million copies worldwide. In 2010, President Barack Obama wrote a letter to the author describing the book as ‘an elegant proof of God, and the power of storytelling’.
In 2012, the story was adapted for the big screen directed by Ang Lee starring Suraj Sharma. It was both a critical and commercial success, grossing over $609 million and winning four Academy Awards.
The theatre production opened to a similarly positive reception with The Guardian’s Mark Fisher describing the play as an extraordinary journey in a five-star review.
While casting for the London production is yet to be announced, the run-in Sheffield starred Hiran Abeysekera as Pi.
Life of Pi tickets are available now.