Life of Pi UK tour kicks off at Sheffield Theatres

Lolita Chakrabarti’s dazzling Olivier Award-winning stage adaption of Yann Martel’s best-selling novel Life of Pi, begins its first-ever tour of the UK and Ireland at Sheffield’s Lyceum theatre this August 2023, where it runs from 29 August to 16 September 2023.

Life of Pi first opened to critical acclaim at the Crucible theatre in Sheffield in 2019, featuring an extraordinary life-size puppeteered Bengal Tiger

The adaptation won five Olivier Awards in April 2022. As well as Best New Play, and Best Actor for Hiran Abeysekera (the original Pi); in an historic first for the Olivier Awards – the seven performers who puppeteer the Tiger ‘Richard Parker’ were collectively awarded Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The production also picked up awards for set (Tim Hatley, Nick Barnes and Finn Caldwell), and lighting design (Tim Lutkin and Andrzej Goulding).

Life of Pi

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Opening to celebratory reviews on Broadway in March the production is nominated for five Tony Awards in the following categories: Best Direction (Max Webster), Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design.

The production is directed by Max Webster, with Divesh Subaskaran confirmed to make his professional debut in the central role of Pi.

Based on one of the best-loved works of fiction – winner of the Man Booker Prize, selling over fifteen million copies worldwide – Life of Pi is a breath-taking new theatrical adaptation of an epic journey of endurance and hope.

Life of Pi

Photo credit: Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade

After a cargo ship sinks in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, there are five survivors stranded on a single lifeboat – a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, a sixteen-year-old boy and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. Time is against them, nature is harsh, who will survive?

Tickets are available now through Sheffield Theatres’ website. 

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