After its Sheffield run, the play will be opening in London by the end of autum, with many of the performers from the original production reprising their roles. Directed by Max Webster, the show features intricate set design and puppetry, the latter created by Finn Caldwell, whose previous credits include such acclaimed montages like War Horse.
The world isn’t just the way it is. It is how we understand it. So what if we understand the world of theatre like whimsical intricate experience pushing the boundaries of what we see as reality? Wouldn’t that be a wonderful world to live in? Well, certainly this is not the first time the West End (or worldwide live entertainment) is providing us with such an adventurous journey, but there’s no such thing as too many additions when we’re talking about stage shows! Following its Sheffield first run, the adaptation of the globally acclaimed story Life of Pi is bound for London this autumn – in a staggering visually impressive production, whose cast we finally get to know today!
“I am delighted to announce the cast for this show – most of whom were in the original production in Sheffield, alongside some brilliant new cast members who have joined us on our journey”, says producer Simon Friend. “After an incredibly difficult year for so many people I hope this truly captivating production about how we deal with life’s toughest challenges will particularly resonate with audiences.”
Starring Hiran Abeysekera in the title role (which marks his return to the production), the cast includes Mina Anwar as Ma, Nicholas Khan as Father, Payal Mistry as Rani, Tom Espiner as Father Martin and Commmander Grant-Jones, Raj Ghatak as Mamaji and Pandit-Ji, Syreeta Kumar as Mrs Biology Kumar and Zaida Khan, David K.S. Tse as Mr Okamoto, Kirsten Foster as Lulu Chen, Habib Nasib Nader as Cook and Voice of Tiger. They will be joined by Fred Davis (Tiger Head), Daisy Franks (Tiger Heart), Romina Hytten (Tiger Heart), Tom Larkin (Tiger Head), Scarlet Wilderink (Tiger Heart), and Tom Stacy (Tiger Hind).
Based on the internationally praised book of the same name (which has sent over 15 million copies), the play deals with a sixteen-year-old boy and his struggle for survival after a cargo ship sinks in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. While time runs against him, he will have to share his lifeboat with a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. Will any of them make it? Directed by Max Webster, the animals will be brought to life by Puppet & Movement Director Finn Caldwell, who began his career in the original company of the National Theatre’s international phenomenon War Horse.
Life of Pi will start performances at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre on November 15th. Tickets are available on the following link.