Life of Pi in the West End

‘Heartwarming storytelling about human survival’: LIFE OF PI – West End

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Wyndham’s Theatre, London

I’ve also had some really wonderful nights in the theatre that I wouldn’t have missed for the world. These included the long-delayed West End transfer of Life of Pi from Sheffield’s Crucible, where it originally premiered two and half years ago.

Max Webster’s production — with Lolita Chakrabarti providing the stage adaptation to Yann Martel’s Man Booker prize-winning novel — is a theatrical wonder, in every sense.

This is a show of deep theatricality, like a cross between The Lion King and War Horse on steroids in bringing a whole zooful of animals to life through Finn Caldwell and Nick Barnes’ puppets, gloriously complemented by Tim Hatley’s sets and Andrzej Goulding’s video and projections, that make it seem both realistic and tangible.

Though the lead critics for both The Guardian and The Times — both new in their posts since the show was originally reviewed by others in Sheffield — found themselves underwhelmed compared to their predecessors, I wonder if that was a matter of expectation.

I found it an evening of sheer enchantment, and just wonderful, heartwarming storytelling about human survival.

 

 

 

‘Heartwarming storytelling about human survival’: @ShentonStage is enchanted by @LifeOfPiWestEnd, finally transferred from Sheffield @crucibletheatre to @DMTWestEnd’s Wyndham’s Theatre. #LifeOfPi #LifeOfPiWestEnd #theatrereviews

 

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Mark Shenton has been a full-time freelance London-based theatre critic and journalist since 2002, and is proud to have co-founded MyTheatreMates with Terri Paaddock. He has variously (and sometimes simultaneously) been chief theatre critic for the Sunday Express, The Stage, WhatsOnStage, What's On in London magazine and LondonTheatre.co.uk. He has taught at ArtsEd London in Chiswick on musical theatre history since 2012. He was until recently President of the Critics' Circle, and is also on the board of Mercury Musical Developments and the National Student Drama Festival (NSDF). You can follow him on Twitter @ShentonStage, and on instagram at @ShentonStage. His personal website is www.shentonstage.com.
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Mark Shenton has been a full-time freelance London-based theatre critic and journalist since 2002, and is proud to have co-founded MyTheatreMates with Terri Paaddock. He has variously (and sometimes simultaneously) been chief theatre critic for the Sunday Express, The Stage, WhatsOnStage, What's On in London magazine and LondonTheatre.co.uk. He has taught at ArtsEd London in Chiswick on musical theatre history since 2012. He was until recently President of the Critics' Circle, and is also on the board of Mercury Musical Developments and the National Student Drama Festival (NSDF). You can follow him on Twitter @ShentonStage, and on instagram at @ShentonStage. His personal website is www.shentonstage.com.

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