Life of Pi

Life of Pi

Time is against them, nature is harsh, who will survive?

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10 January 2020  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Lolita Chakrabati’s adaptation of Yann Martell’s award-winning book about a teenager who finds himself stranded on a lifeboat with a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and a 450 pound Bengal tiger was a huge success in Sheffield last year. While it doesn’t arrive in London until September, it is already being talked about as one of the biggest hits of 2021. Wyndhams theatre is being substantially reconfigured to accommodate Max Webster’s production that uses video projection and puppets (courtesy of Finn Caldwell) to make it feel as if the audience are on the high seas themselves. Because it’s a show that has wide appeal for all ages, including family audiences, it is likely to be a hot ticket.”
“This breathtaking adaption of the beloved novel comes to the West End from Sheffield, where it wowed audiences with gorgeous design and intimate storytelling.”


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.

Based on one of the most extraordinary and best-loved works of fiction - winner of the Man Booker Prize, selling over fifteen million copies worldwide - and featuring breath-taking puppetry and state-of-the-art visuals, LIFE OF PI is a universally acclaimed, smash hit adaptation of an epic journey of endurance and hope.

Age Recommendation: 8+

As an advisory to adults who might bring young people. All persons under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and sat next to the accompanying adult. They may not sit on their own within the auditorium. If children do have separate seats you could be refused entry. All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

Critic reviews

An awe‑inspiring, rip‑roaring success

· The Times (Sheffield run)

Yann Martel's novel is thrillingly brought to life in a production of visual spectacle and pure theatrical magic

· The Stage (Sheffield run)

Hiran Abeysekera is outstanding as Pi

· WhatsOnStage (Sheffield run)

Transformative puppetry, design and direction, and a great human lead, make this adaptation of Yann Martel’s book unmissable

· The Guardian (Sheffield run)


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Date & time

Opening 14 Nov
Mon 15 Nov 2021 - Sun 27 Feb 2022
2.30pm, 3pm & 7.30pm
Runtime: 2 hrs 5 mins


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