Why See Life of Pi?
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 that transfers into the West End from Sheffield's Crucible Theatre in early 2020.
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.
Opening night: 22 June 2020
Cast and Creative
Hiran Abeysekera as Pi
Mina Anwar as Ma
Sagar Arya as Pa
Tom Espiner as Father Martin/Commander Grant-Jones
Kirsten Foster as Lulu Chen
Raj Ghatak as Mamaji/Pandit-Ji
Sarah Kameela Impey 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
Tiger: Scarlet Wilderink - Tiger Heart, Fred Davis -Tiger Hind, Daisy Franks - Tiger Hind, Romina Hytten - Tiger Heart, Tom Larkin - Tiger Head, Tommy Luther - Tiger Head
Understudies: 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
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