Sheffield Theatre’s production of Life of Pi will transfer to the Wyndham’s Theatre in June 2020.
Lolita Chakrabarti’s dazzling adaptation of Yann Martel’s extraordinary, Booker prize-winning novel, opened to a string of five-star reviews in Sheffield earlier this year.
Directed by Max Webster, the inventive and mesmerising staging of the piece will be replicated at the Wyndham’s Theatre with the stage extending into the stalls.
Cameron Mackintosh, the owner of the Wyndham’s Theatre, said: “Rarely does a theatrical version of a film eclipse the original, but the brilliant staged adaption of Yann Martel’s “Life Of Pi” is one of those exceptions and I am thrilled that it is coming to the Wyndham’s Theatre.
The production team’s approach to the material has been mirrored by their innovative reinvention of the Wyndham’s auditorium, rejigging levels and extending the stage over the stalls so that the floor and walls of the theatre become one complete surreal environment, that I think it will be even more intense than before. Audiences are in for a Pi-flying ride into their imagination!”
Producer Simon Friend said: “We are very fortunate to have Cameron Mackintosh’s full support behind our reconfiguration of the Wyndham’s Theatre. This will give audiences the very best experience of our state-of-the-art design and video projection, as well as bringing the majestic Pacific Ocean in to the stalls.”
Based on the 15-million selling novel Life of Pi , the story follows a 16-year old boy who is stranded on a single lifeboat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. A story of hope and endurance, the epic story was previously made into a film by Ang Lee.
Casting to be announced in due course.
Life of Pi is booking from 22 June 2020 until 4 October 2020 at the Wyndham’s Theatre, London.
Life of Pi tickets are now available.
UPDATE: Due to the coronavirus the West End production of Life of Pi has been rescheduled to run from 26 September 2021 – 9 June 2021.