Upon closing, Life of Pi, which opened December 2, 2021, will have played almost 500 performances. The production was awarded five Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, in April 2022.
The final company is led by Nuwan Hugh Perera as Pi.
Life of Pi begins after a cargo ship sinks in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. There are five survivors stranded on a single lifeboat—a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, a 16-year-old boy, and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger.
Max Webster directs. The London production also has set and costume design by Tim Hatley, puppet and movement direction by Finn Caldwell, puppet design by Nick Barnes and Caldwell, video design by Andrzej Goulding, lighting design by Tim Lutkin, sound design by Carolyn Downing, music by composer Andrew T. Mackay, dramaturgy by Jack Bradley, casting by Polly Jerrold, associate direction by Leigh Toney, associate set design by Ross Edwards, associate puppet design by Caroline Bowman, costume supervision by Sabrina Cuniberto, and props supervision by Ryan O’Conner.
The 2012 film adaptation of Life of Pi won Academy Awards for its direction, cinematography, score, and visual effects.
Chakrabarti's Life of Pi is currently making its North American premiere at the American Repertory Theater through January 29 prior to its Broadway debut March 9 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.