About the show
Yann Martel’s Booker Prize winning Life of Pi stalks onto the West End in a thrilling new stage adaptation. After a three-week run at Sheffield Crucible described as “pure theatrical magic” (The Stage) in 2019, this extraordinary tale of adventure, friendship and endurance transfers to Wyndham’s Theatre.
Set mainly in the hallucinatory current of the Pacific Ocean, Life of Pi is the tale of teenager Pi, the sole human survivor of a cargo ship disaster en-route from India to Canada. With his family drowned and little hope of rescue, Pi must battle for survival as he shares a drifting lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan… and the magnificent but terrifying tiger Richard Parker.
Featuring stunning puppets that conjure flying fish and fearsome predators, Life of Pi is a breath-taking theatrical achievement that pays tribute to the power of stories.
Martel’s novel is adapted by Lolita Chakrabarti, a playwright and actress whose previous work Red Velvet ran at the Kiln and Garrick Theatres and received an Olivier Award nomination.
The production is directed by Max Webster (Old Vic Theatre: The Lorax; Shakespeare’s Globe: Much Ado About Nothing) alongside a design and puppetry team including Tim Hatley, Finn Caldwell, Caroline Bowman and Nick Barnes; and lighting from Tim Lutkin.
Casting for Life of Pi in the West End includes original cast member Hiran Abeysekera (RSC: Cymbeline; Hampstead Theatre: Botticelli in the Fire) as Pi, Raj Ghatak, Alex Chang, Mina Anwar and Sagar Arya.
Prepare to immerse yourself in an otherworldly adventure that journeys from deserted islands to the depths of our own imaginations. Catch Life of Pi at Wyndham’s Theatre from 22 June 2020.
Recommended forFans of Yann Martel’s novel will delight in seeing it brought to life with inventive sets and stagecraft. Life of Pi tickets are also a must for fans of the excellent puppetry in The Lion King and War Horse.
Age Recommendations: Recommended 8+. All persons aged under 16 must be accompanied and sat next to the accompanying adult. They may not sit on their own within the auditorium. If children do have separate seats, entry could be refused.