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The Life of Pi

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4.5/5 - based on 24 reviews
  • Booking until: Sunday, 29 May 2022
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About The Life of Pi

Performance Times
  • Booking until: Sunday, 29 May 2022
Mon - 19:45
Tue - -
Wed - 19:45
Thu 15:00 19:45
Fri - 19:45
Sat 15:00 19:45
Sun 15:00 -

The Life of Pi description

Life of Pi – Meet Richard Parker the tiger

Lolita Chakrabarti's new stage adaptation has already enjoyed a critically and commercially successful world premiere in Sheffield. So it's fantastic to hear that her extraordinary stage version of Life of Pi will be transferring to the West End. The play is based on the outstanding Man Booker-winning book about a cargo ship that sinks in the Pacific Ocean leaving a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, a 16 year-old boy and a Bengal tiger to survive together in a lifeboat. The original book is by Yann Martel and the play is directed by Max Webster.

WhatsOnStage described Life of Pi as 'a spectacular on-stage experience', and they're right thanks to designs by Tim Hatley and Finn Caldwell of Gyre and Gimble in collaboration with Nick Barnes who designed the puppets. Lighting is from Tim Lutkin, composition by Andrew Mackay, sound by Carolyn Downing, video by Andrzej Goulding and original casting by Polly Jerrold. The talented Finn Caldwell plays the tiger, manipulating the amazing puppet to perfection. It actually looks real. Amazing!

Wyndham's is set to be 'specially reconfigured' for the play, reinventing the auditorium in a creative way to change the levels, extend the stage over the stalls for a thrillingly surreal environment, and generally add to the sheer, magical intensity of the action.

The young boy who survives the shipwreck is called Pi. The Bengal tiger is called Richard Parker. The boy and the beast must learn to coexist on a lifeboat as they battle the seas and try to survive. The on-stage action is just as compelling as the movie, which was directed by Ang Lee and starred Suraj Sharma, a film that was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won four.

Why is the tiger called Richard Parker? It's complicated. Richard Parker was a character in Edgar Allan Poe's book The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. Richard Parker was the name of a boy who was cannibalised after a shipwreck in 1884, and there was a third Richard Parker, who drowned during the sinking of the Francis Spaight in 1846. The author, Yann Martel, enjoyed the coincidence and felt that so many unfortunate Richard Parkers must have a meaning.

The Guardian's five-star review said this play is 'an extraordinary journey'. The Telegraph called it a 'worthy successor to War Horse'. It is nothing if not astonishing, breathtaking and thrilling. Don't miss it.

Who is this show for?
Life of Pi is recommended for people aged eight or more.

Next Performances for The Life of Pi at Wyndham's Theatre

today22nd Jan 2022 7:30pm
tomorrow23rd Jan 2022 3:00pm
Monday24th Jan 2022 7:30pm
Wednesday26th Jan 2022 7:30pm
Thursday27th Jan 2022 2:30pm
Thursday27th Jan 2022 7:30pm

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The Life of Pi reviews

4.5 out of 5 based on 24 reviews

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Latest customer reviews
michelle
A must see!

It was absolutely amazing! (and I'm quite a critic when it comes to plays etc) I'm quite interested in scenery, props, special effects etc and I was really impressed with how they managed to portray the different parts, eg projecting the sea upon the stage, the puppetry. Very original and mesmerising. I'd actually like to see it again! One of the best plays I've ever seen and I go to the theatre a lot!

Reviewed on 16 January 2022 by , Palmers Green, United Kingdom

Gemma
Spectacular. An absolute must see!

Excellent acting and very creative use of the stage and lighting. Will certainly be recommending this show to our friends and family.

Reviewed on 16 January 2022 by , Kimberley, United Kingdom

Parvinder
very creative

Did I find that sound/volume should be a bit higher

Reviewed on 14 January 2022 by , Braintree, United Kingdom

Ian
Technologically brilliant

From the Grand4 Circle the lighting effects are superb, giving the viewer a distinct feeling of being at sea. The main character was well cast, but a bit screechy. The animal operators were skilful to the point they went unnoticed.

Reviewed on 04 January 2022 by , Dorking, United Kingdom

JONATHAN
Wonderful show

Better animation than the Lion king

Reviewed on 02 January 2022 by , Norwich, United Kingdom

Pat
Must See

Fantastic show, totally captivating and not too long. The puppetry was excellent.

Reviewed on 01 January 2022 by , London, United Kingdom

simona
too poor fro the money

too poor

Reviewed on 31 December 2021 by , London, United Kingdom

hiten
Amazing

The best I've seen so far

Reviewed on 28 December 2021 by , Solihull, United Kingdom

Fiona
Magical

Enjoyable in every way.

Reviewed on 23 December 2021 by , Dorset, United Kingdom

Mary
Puppets were amazing.

Reviewed on 23 December 2021 by , London, United Kingdom

Chris
A beautiful story, creatively told

Reviewed on 21 December 2021 by , Felsted, United Kingdom

Brenda
A different must see.

Reviewed on 18 December 2021 by , Robertsbridge, United Kingdom

Stephanie

Whole performance was excellent, everything from the acting, lighting, SFX and puppets. The story was fantastic and the duration was just the right length for a show. Only dislike was the slight discomfort of seating and space.

Reviewed on 17 December 2021 by , Eastleigh, United Kingdom

Roger
One of the Best shows in London!

Having been going to the Theatre here and all over the world for the last 60 years! This production is up there with the greats.Hiran Abeysekera should win best actor of the year and the whole cast should be offered a Christmas box each from the finest food shops in London.

Reviewed on 17 December 2021 by , Wedhampton, United Kingdom

Dita
show was great shame about the public

no masks in sign, of course everyone took the mask off as soon as they sat down, and no, not everyone was eating/drinking. There were no checks, all stewards were just standing there doing nothing, no spaces between people, it was very hot inside and generally not Covid safe. Emails were confirming how much Covid safe the place is and no, it was not. False advert. Please refrain from these messages when you simply do not even attempt to enforce the rule.

Reviewed on 06 December 2021 by , London, United Kingdom

Tamar
Superb

Reviewed on 04 December 2021 by , Shoreham, United Kingdom

Jo
Absolutely spellbinding

Took my parents and we absolutely loved it. Just such a beautiful production, and the puppetry was incredible. Pi was loveable and engaging. Just loved the whole thing!

Reviewed on 29 November 2021 by , London, United Kingdom

Amanda
What good theatre is about!

Reviewed on 25 November 2021 by , Gibraltar, Gibraltar

Susan
Brilliant, amazing piece of theatre.

It is possibly best to have the read the book but as this is a great piece of theatre it is very much worth seeing. However not for children under 10.

Reviewed on 21 November 2021 by , Perth, United Kingdom

07 Jan
2022
Stuart King

Review: LIFE OF PI at Wyndham's Theatre

by Stuart King | Friday, January 7 2022, 11:06

For those who were captivated and engrossed by Yann Martel’s 2001 award winning novel, the stage adaptation will tick most of the plot boxes and mesmerise through sheer technical invention, but the production itself fails to genuinely engage on an emotional level.

The Life of Pi - Wyndham's Theatre Hiran Abeysekera (Pi) in Life of Pi at Wyndham's Theatre

Review: LIFE OF PI at Wyndham's Theatre
24 Nov
2021
Miriam Gibson

Review: LIFE OF PI at Wyndham's Theatre

by Miriam Gibson | Wednesday, November 24 2021, 16:14

From The Lion King to Avenue Q, and The Magician's Elephant to Frozen, puppets have been become increasingly common and inventive in theatral productions. Now, puppets star in the spectacle-filled and fun production of Life Of Pi.

The Life of Pi - Wyndham's Theatre Hiran Abeysekera (Pi) Tom Larkin (Tiger Head) Nicholas Khan (Pi's Father) in The Life of Pi. Photo by by Johan Persson

Review: LIFE OF PI at Wyndham's Theatre
23 Nov
2021
London Box Office

Life Of Pi Production Photos – Wow!

by London Box Office | Tuesday, November 23 2021, 20:28

The Life of Pi - Wyndham's Theatre Thanks go to Johan Persson for taking such fabulous production photos of the 2021 West End production of Life Of Pi, and to Helen Maybanks for taking amazing photos of Hiran and Tiger. The novel of the same name won the Man Booker prize, and Press Night takes place on Thursday 2nd December. Take a look at these new images of Life Of Pi and marvel at the skill of the actors, the puppetry, and the extraordinary plot. This really is a show to remember.

Life Of Pi Production Photos – Wow!
13 Oct
2021
London Box Office

Life of Pi - West End Premiere cast announced

by London Box Office | Wednesday, October 13 2021, 12:56

Life of Pi The amazing show inspired by Yann Martel's magical Man-Booker prize winning book is finally due on stage in the West End. Welcome to Life Of Pi, a story so strange, so magical and so unexpected that you'll be glued to your seat. The drama kicks off on 15th November 2021 and you'll adore this epic journey of endurance and hope. The special effects are quite simply spectacular, and the full cast has just been announced.

Life of Pi - West End Premiere cast announced
13 Jan
2020
Phil Willmott

6 of the Best 2020 Shows You Should Book in Advance: 4. THE LIFE OF PI

by Phil Willmott | Monday, January 13 2020, 15:58

Life of Pi There are certain shows that you know will sell out fast either because of the title or the creative team and stars. In a series of 6 articles we report on the likely box-office smashes of the forth coming year so you can book in advance and not miss out. Use our search engine at the top of the page to find the perfect performance to suit you and get booking!

6 of the Best 2020 Shows You Should Book in Advance: 4. THE LIFE OF PI
14 Oct
2019
Phil Willmott

The Life of Pi Comes to London

by Phil Willmott | Monday, October 14 2019, 09:36

Life of Pi Here’s some exciting news. The new, highly acclaimed, stage adaptation of the THE LIFE OF PI, the Man Booker prize winning tale of a boy and a tiger is coming to London.

The Life of Pi Comes to London