Lolita Chakrabarti’s Olivier-winning stage adaption of Life of Pi is kicking off a U.K. and Ireland tour next month—and it has already extended one of its stops. The stage version of Yann Martel’s best-selling novel will now play Chichester Festival Theatre November 16-December 2.
The tour will kick off August 28 at Sheffield Lyceum (August 29-September 16) with stops following at Milton Keynes Theatre (September 19-23), Norwich Theatre Royal (September 25-30), Woking's New Victoria Theatre (October 2-7), Southend Cliffs Pavillion (October 9-14), Cardiff's Wales Millennium Centre (October 17-21), Canterbury's Marlowe Theatre (October 23-28), Bradford's Alhambra Theatre (November 6-11), and Salford's Lowry (December 5-January 6, 2024).
In 2024, the tour will continue at Leeds Grand Theatre (January 9-13), Bristol Hippodrome (January 15-20), Newcastle Theatre Royal (January 23-February 3), Birmingham Hippodrome (February 12-17), Belfast's Grand Opera House (February 20-24), Dublin's Bord Gáis Theatre (February 26-March 2), Theatre Royal Plymouth (March 5-9), Leicester Curve (March 12-17), Bromley's Churchill Theatre (March 19-23), Hull New Theatre (March 25-30), Northampton Derngate Theatre (April 2-6), Coventry Belgrade (April 8-13), Nottingham Theatre Royal (April 15-20), Wolverhampton Grand Theatre (April 22-27), Liverpool Empire (April 29-May 4), Shrewsbury's Severn Theatre (May 6-11), Southampton's Mayflower Theatre (May 14-18), Truro's Hall for Cornwall (May 28-June 1), Cheltenham Everyman Theatre (June 3-15), Glasgow Theatre Royal (June 17-22), and Edinburgh Festival Theatre (June 25-29) in addition to Chichester.
Leading the tour's company will be the newly announced Divesh Subaskaran in his professional debut. He will be joined by Antony Antunes as Tiger Hind/Cook/Father Martin, Bhawna Bhawsar as Lulu Chen/Mrs Biology Kumar, Ralph Birtwell as Mamaji/ Admiral Balbir Singh, Kriss Dosanjh as Father, Sebastian Goffin as Tiger Head, Akash Heer as Tiger Head, Romina Hytten as Tiger Heart/Tiger Hind, Katie Kennedy-Rose as Tiger Heart/Tiger Hind, Aizah Khan as Tiger Heart/Tiger Hind, Chand Martinez as Pandit-ji, Keshini Misha as Rani, Goldy Notay as Amma, Sharita Oomeer as Lulu Chen/Mrs Biology Kumar, Kate Rowsell as Tiger Heart/Tiger Hind, Lilian Tsang as Mrs Okamoto/Zaida Khan/Ships Captain, Peter Twose as Tiger Head/Voice of Richard Parker/Cook/Father Martin, and Adwitha Arumugam as Pi Alternate.
Based on Martel's best-selling and Man Booker Prize-winning novel, Life of Pi follows five survivors of a cargo ship sinking in the Pacific Ocean who have found temporary safety in a lifeboat. Among the lifeboat's five passengers are 16-year-old boy Pi, a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger.
The creative team is led by director Max Webster, with scenic and costume design by Tim Hatley, and puppetry and movement direction by Finn Caldwell, who designed the puppets along with Nick Barnes. The creative team also includes lighting design by Tim Lutkin, video design by Andrzej Goulding, sound design by Carolyn Downing, original composition by Andrew T. Mackay, and dramaturgy by Jack Bradley. Polly Jerrold serves as casting director.
The work's West End production took home five 2022 Olivier Awards, including Best Play and Best Supporting Actor, the latter awarded collectively to the team of puppeteers who play the tiger. It then premiered on Broadway where it opened March 9. The production took home Tony Awards for Best Scenic Design of a Play, Best Lighting Design of a Play, and Best Sound Design of a Play. Following the U.K. and Ireland tour will be a European tour, with further plans in the works for a tour of Australia and Asia.
For tickets and more information, visit LifeOfPiOnStage.com.
Check out the production's recent Broadway run with the gallery below.