Hiran Abeysekera will return in the title role when the celebrated five-star Sheffield Theatres production of Life of Pi transfers to London this summer.
Lolita Chakrabarti’s adaptation of Yann Martel’s award-winning book will transfer to the Wyndham’s Theatre where, for the first time ever, the historic theatre will be transformed to fully accommodate the magnificent elements of the production. Performances will begin on 28 June 2020 (press night is 15 July). The production is directed by Max Webster.
The full company includes: Mina Anwar (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Apollo theatre and Sheffield Crucible), Sagar Arya (Casualty), Alex Chang (Golden Shield, Soho Theatre and Yellow Earth Theatre), Fred Davis (Ocean at the end of the Lane, National Theatre), Tom Espiner (Berberian Sound Studio, Donmar Warehouse), Kirsten Foster (Much Ado About Nothing, New English Shakespeare Company and Dubai Opera House), Daisy Franks (The Gruesome Twosome, The Place), Raj Ghatak (The Kite Runner, Best Actor Winner, UK Tour), Nuwan Hugh Perera (Side Show, Southwark Playhouse), Romina Hytten (The Lorax, The Old Vic and The Royal Alexander Theatre, Toronto), Sarah Kameela Impey (Much Ado About Nothing, Northern Broadsides), Tom Larkin (Bury the Dead, Finborough Theatre), David K.S. Tse (Chimerica, Almeida & Harold Pinter Theatre), Syreeta Kumar (Equus, English Touring Theatre), Deeivya Meir (Warlords & Tyrants, Rada Festival and Fireraisers), Habib Nasib Nader (Downtown Paradise, Welsh Fargo Theatre Company) and Scarlet Wilderink (Treasure Island, Stephen Joseph Theatre).
Winner of the Man Booker Prize, Yann Martel’s award-winning book sold over 15 million copies worldwide.
The extraordinary animals are 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. He is the artistic director of his own company Gyre & Gimble.
Also in the creative team are set and costume designer Tim Hatley, puppet designers Finn Caldwell and Nick Barnes, video designer Andrzej Goulding, lighting designer Tim Lutkin, sound designer Carolyn Downing, composer Andrew T Mackay and casting director Polly Jerrold.