Hiran Abeysekera makes a welcome return to the show in the central role of Pi, alongside 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 are 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).
Nuwan Hugh Perera is Pi alternate, and understudies are Alex Chang and Deeivya Meir.
“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. 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.” said producer Simon Friend.
Life of Pi tickets in London are one of the most sought after of new shows opening the West End. The production was originally scheduled to open at the Wyndham’s Theatre London in June 2020 but was delayed due to the pandemic.
At the time Cameron Mackintosh, 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.“
For the first time ever, the historic Wyndham’s Theatre will be transformed to fully accommodate the magnificent elements of the production that left audiences mesmerised.
Lolita Chakrabarti’s adaptation of Yann Martel’s Booker prize-winning novel premiered to critical acclaim at Sheffield Theatre in 2019. Following a much delayed production, rehearsals began this week for the highly anticipated West End premiere of Life of Pi.
A story of hope and endurance, Life of Pi tells the story of a 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.