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Life of Pi (play)

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Life of Pi
Life of Pi play poster.jpg
West End artwork
Written byLolita Chakrabarti (play)
Yann Martel (novel)
Date premiered28 June 2019 (2019-06-28)
Place premieredCrucible Theatre, Sheffield
Original languageEnglish

Life of Pi is a play based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Yann Martel adapted for the stage by Lolita Chakrabarti.

The play premiered in June 2019 at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield before transferring to the Wyndham's Theatre in London's West End in November 2021. The play won five Laurence Olivier Awards (including Best New Play), five UK Theatre Awards (including Best New Play) and Best New Play at the WhatsOnStage Awards.

Production history

The play made its world premiere at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield running from 28 June until 20 July 2019. The play is directed by Max Webster.

Following the success of the Sheffield run, the play opened in London's West End at the Wyndham's Theatre beginning previews on 15 November 2021, with an official opening on 2 December. The play was originally due to open in June 2020 however was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cast and characters

Character Sheffield (2019)[1] London (2021)[2]
Pi Hiran Abeysekera
Ma Mina Anwar
Richard Parker the Tiger Kate Colebrook
Fred Davis
Owain Gwynn
Fred Davis
Tom Larkin
Daisy Franks
Scarlet Wilderink
Romina Hytten
Tom Stacy
Pi's Father Kammy Darweish Nicholas Khan
Rani Tara Divina Payal Mistry
Father Martin / Commander Grant-Jones Tom Espiner
Mamaji / Pandit-Ji Raj Ghatak
Mrs Biology Kumar / Zaida Khan Syreeta Kumar
Mr Okamoto David K. S. Tse
The Cook / The voice of the Tiger Habib Nasib Nader
Lulu Chen Gabby Wong Kirsten Foster
Pi (alternate) n/a Nuwan Hugh Perera


The play received rave reviews from critics and audiences in both the Sheffield and London productions.[3]

Awards and nominations

Sheffield production

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2019 UK Theatre Awards[4] Best New Play Won
Best Director Max Webster Won
Best Design Nick Barnes, Finn Caldwell, Carolyn Downing, Andrzej Goulding, Tim Hatley and Tim Lutkin Won
Best Performance in a Play Hiran Abeysekera Won
2020 WhatsOnStage Awards[5] Best New Play Won
Best Regional Production Nominated

London production

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2022 Laurence Olivier Awards[6] Best New Play Won
Best Director Max Webster Nominated
Best Actor Hiran Abeysekera Won
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Fred Davis, Daisy Franks, Romina Hytten, Tom Larkin, Habib Nasib Nader, Tom Stacy and Scarlet Wilderink Won
Best Sound Design Carolyn Downing Nominated
Best Lighting Design Andrzej Goulding and Tim Lutkin Won
Best Set Design Tim Hatley (set), Nick Barnes and Finn Caldwell (puppetry) Won
Best Theatre Choreographer Finn Caldwell Nominated
Best Original Score or New Orchestrations Andrew T. Mackay Nominated

External links

Official website


  1. ^ "CAST ANNOUNCED FOR LIFE OF PI". Sheffield Theatres. Retrieved 2022-04-12.
  2. ^ "London stage show 'Life of Pi' reveals full West End cast |". 2021-10-13. Retrieved 2022-04-12.
  3. ^ "'It's a hit' - five-star reviews for Life of Pi on stage in Sheffield". BBC News. 2019-07-10. Retrieved 2022-04-18.
  4. ^ "UK Theatre Awards 2019: the winners in full". The Stage. Retrieved 2022-04-18.
  5. ^ "20th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards winners include Andrew Scott, Claire Foy, Come From Away and Six | WhatsOnStage". Retrieved 2022-04-13.
  6. ^ "Olivier Awards 2022: the winners in full". The Stage. Retrieved 2022-04-18.
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