Full casting has been announced for the London debut of Life of Pi, opening at Wyndham’s Theatre in the summer.

Life of Pi at Sheffield Crucible Theatre

Source: Johan Persson

Puppeteers bring animals to life in the show.

Sheffield Theatres’ production of Yann Martel’s book will spend just under four months at the London venue, running from 28th June until 4th October.

The theatre is being specially transformed to fully accommodate the different elements of the production.

Hiran Abeysekera will also play the part of Pi in the capital, following his successful run as the lead role in Sheffield.

Groups of ten or more qualify for discounted rates to selected performances.

About the show 

After a cargo ship sinks in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, there are five survivors stranded on a single lifeboat – a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, a 16-year-old boy (Pi) and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. 

Based on the book of the same name, Life of Pi is a theatrical adaptation of an ‘epic journey of endurance and hope’.

The animals are brought to life by puppet & movement director Finn Caldwell, who began his career in the original company of the National Theatre’s War Horse. 

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The stage adaptation was written by Lolita Chakrabarti, an actress and playwright whose writing credits include Red Velvet, which opened at London’s Tricycle Theatre in 2012, before transferring to New York and the West End.

Other cast members include Mina Anwar (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie), Sagar Arya (Much Ado About Nothing, Royal Shakespeare Company) and Alex Chang (Golden Shield).

About Hiran Abeysekera 

Having trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Hiran’s other theatre credits include Botticelli in the Fire at Hampstead Theatre and Peter Pan at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

He has also appeared on television in Holby City, Find Me In Paris and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

For more information about the show, visit www.lifeofpionstage.com.

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