Charing Cross Road, London
Public Previews: 28 June 2020
Opens: 15 July 2020
Closes: 4 October 2020
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Nearest Tube: Leicester Square
Monday at 7.45pm
Tuesday no shows
Wednesday at 7.45pm
Thursday at 3.00pm and 7.45pm
Friday at 7.45pm
Saturday at 3.00pm and 7.45pm
Sunday at 3.00pm
Thu 2 July at 7.45pm only
Wed 15 July at 7.00pm only
Runs 2 hours and 5 minutes including one interval
£? to £?
(plus booking fees if applicable)
A major stage adaption by Lolita Chakrabarti of Yan Martel's award-winning Life of Pi in London
After a cargo ship sinks in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, there are five survivors stranded on a lifeboat - a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, a Royal Bengal tiger, and a sixteen year-old boy named Pi. Time is against them, nature is harsh, who will survive?
Following an acclaimed run at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield in July 2019, this production now transfers to London's West End in July 2020.
Based on Yan Martel's Life of Life - winner of the Man Booker Prize, selling over fifteen million copies worldwide - this stage adaptation features breath-taking puppetry and state-of-the-art visuals to bring this epic journey of endurance and hope alive on stage.
Please note that the age recommendation for this show is eight plus.
Casting for this London West End staging to be announced. Directed by Max Webster with designs by Tim Hatley, video by Andrzej Goulding, puppets by Finn Caldwell and Nick Barnes, lighting by Tim Lutkin, music by Andrew Mackay, and sound by Carolyn Downing.
When this production originally opened at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield in July 2019, Ann Treneman in the Times said that "this world premiere of Lolita Chakrabarti's assured adaptation is nothing less than awe-inspiring and not just because, wow, that tiger sure can roar... Max Webster directs a production with immense flow that takes us along for the ride. The puppetry, from Finn Caldwell and Nick Barnes, is breathtaking... there is no doubt that it will make you believe in the power of theatre. Roar it out: this is a hit." Dominic Cavendish in the Daily Telegraph praised "this exquisite stage-adaptation... what strikes you forcefully is that everyone in the creative team is doing fearsome work. Max Webster, directing alongside puppetry and movement guru Finn Caldwell and set designer Tim Hatley, creates a rich atmosphere of constant transformation... Awesome." Patrick Marmion in the Daily Mail hailed "Max Webster's remarkable staging of Yann Martel's bestseller," adding that "Lolita Chakrabarti's deft adaptation emulates the surreal charms of the book and the film... but this should be remembered for the theatrical magic of the tiger who came to sea."
This production was originally seen at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre - previewed 28 June 2019, opened on 8 July 2019, and closed on 20 July 2019 - with a cast that featured Hiran Abeysekera as 'Pi' and Kate Colebrook / Fred Davis / Owain Gwynn as 'Richard Parker the Tiger', with Mina Anwar as 'Ma' / 'Orange Juice', Kammy Darweish as 'Pi's Father', Tara Divina as 'Rani', Tom Espiner as 'Father Martin', Raj Ghatak as 'Mamaji', Syreeta Kumar as 'Mrs Biology Kumar', David Ks Tse as 'Mr Okamoto', Habib Nasib Nader as 'Cook', and Gabby Wong as 'Lulu Chen'.
"Everything about this production is amazing, extraordinary: the play of lights and colours that suggest a zoo in India; the puppeteers who bring to vivid, visceral (sometimes vicious) life its animals; the projections that turn a backdrop into a ship and a bare stage into an ocean - now calm, now stormy. All of this is achieved in full view of the audience with almost no trickery... In Lolita Chakrabarti's brilliantly dramatic adaptation, the staging itself embodies the key question at the heart of Yann Martel's Booker prize-winning novel: what is believable? Even as we see the illusions created, we accept their reality in the story... The technical virtuosity of the team realising Pi's adventures is dazzling and, under Max Webster's direction, all the acting is superb, but the centre around which the whole revolves is Hiran Abeysekera as Pi. He is, without a word of exaggeration, unbelievably credible." The Sunday Observer
"This dazzling stage adaptation of Yann Martel's Booker-winning novel is better than the film version and maybe even the book. Expertly adapted by Lolita Chakrabarti, Life of Pi may not 'make you believe in God', as the hero claims, but it will make you believe in theatre. It's pretty strong meat for smaller children, though. After a crazed hyena ripped the innards from a zebra, one boy of about four quietly made his way to the exit, and I can't say I blamed him. But if you can stomach that, make the trip. In his tall tale, Martel argues that the truth is not what is, but what we'd like it to be, then suggests that this is a triumph. In this production, he's right." The Sunday Times
"The puppetry here is out of this world... The prowling tiger is the star here, magically pawing the boat's gunwales, hunger visible in its salt-matted flanks. Indeed, all the puppets - designed by Finn Caldwell and Nick Barnes - are so thrillingly lifelike that I barely ever noticed their handlers... This exciting, spiritual fable has Pi finding a living god in the fearful symmetry between man and beast. Do you need to know the book or film? Max Webster's beautiful, briny production struck me as its own thing. I'd say the Crucible has a roaring hit on its hands." The Mail on Sunday
Life of Pi in London at the Wyndham's Theatre, public previews from 28 June 2020, opens on 15 July 2020, and closes on 4 October 2020