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Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0DA

Life of Pi

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Closed January 15, 2023

Dream-like fable makes for a dazzling night of theatre

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Why See Life of Pi?

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Worse things happen at sea


Yann Martel's stunning Man Booker Prize-winning bestseller becomes a theatrical marvel in this highly acclaimed new adaptation of Lolita Chakrabarti. The spell-binding production finally transfers into the West End from Sheffield's Crucible Theatre after having its opening delayed in 2020. At the 2022 Olivier Awards, Life of Pi received nine Olivier nominations and took home five of the awards, including Best New Play, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. 

Directed by Max Webster and with astonishing puppetry design from Finn Caldwell and Nick Barnes, the extraordinary events of one 16-year-old's fight for survival following a shipwreck are rendered in vibrant colour, music and visual wizardry in this consummate production.

What is the story?

As transformative as it is captivating, Martel's Life of Pi is a magical masterpiece that introduces us to Pi, a 16-year-old boy adrift in a lifeboat with four fellow survivors - a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, and a terrifying Bengal Tiger. As they navigate the unpredictable waters of the Pacific Ocean, Pi's boundless imagination soon becomes his greatest asset. 

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Previews from: 14 November 2021

Opening night: 14 November 2021

Cast and Creative


Hiran Abeysekera as Pi
Mina Anwar as Ma
Niholas Khan as Pa
Tom Espiner as Father Martin/Commander Grant-Jones
Kirsten Foster as Lulu Chen
Raj Ghatak as Mamaji/Pandit-Ji
Payal Mistry as Rani
Syreeta Kumar as Mrs Biology/ Zaida Khan
Habib Nasib Nader as Cook/ Voice of Richard Parker
David K.S Tse as Mr Okamoto
Nuwan Hugh Perera as Pi Alternate


Scarlet Wilderink - Tiger Heart
Romina Hytten - Tiger Heart
Daisy Franks - Tiger Heart
Fred Davis -Tiger Head
Tom Larkin - Tiger Head
Tom Stacy - Tiger Hind

Alex Chang and Deeivya Meir


Based on the novel by Yann Martel
Adapted by Lolita Chakrabarti
Directed by Max Webster
Design by Tim Hatley
Puppetry Design Finn Caldwell and Nick Barnes
Puppetry and Movement Director Finn Caldwell
Lighting by Tim Lutkin
Music by Andrew Mackay
Sound by Carolyn Dowing


Olivier Awards 2022
Best New Play
Best Actor - Hiran Abeysekera
Best Supporting Actor - The seven actors who play the Tiger for Life of Pi
Best Set Design - Tim Hatley for Design and Nick Barnes & Finn Caldwell for the puppets
Best Lighting DIesgn - Tim Lutkin and Andrzej Goulding

Olivier Award Nominations 2022
Best New Play
Best Actor - Hiran Abeysekera
Best Supporting Actor in a Play - 7 actors who play the Tiger
Best Director - Max Webster
Best Theatre Choreographer
Best Original Score
Best Sound Design
Best Set Design
Best Lighting Design

What you thought

2 reviews, average rating: (4.0 Stars)

4.0 star rating

David Elyan: “Life of Pi”

Very much enjoyed the London production. Pi was excellent and the production... more

Essien And Dan: “From an 11 year olds view”

Very good storytelling and acting very dark in the second half good puppetry... more

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