Life Of Pi, Wyndham’s Theatre London – Review Round Up

Last Updated on 3 December 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team

Based on an extraordinary and best-loved work of fiction, a stage adaptation of Life of Pi has opened at the Wyndham’s Theatre, London.

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Hiran Abeysekera (Pi), Tom Larkin (Tiger Head) and Nicholas Khan (Father) in Life of Pi. Photo: Johan Persson

Want to know what the critics thought of Life of Pi which opened this week at Wyndham’s Theatre? We’ve gathered up a round-up of the key reviewers for your perusal.

Transferring from Sheffield Theatres, the production features breath-taking puppetry and state-of-the-art visuals.

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

Booking until 9th January 2022.


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Hiran Abeysekera (Pi) in Life of Pi. Photo: Johan Persson

“The extraordinary thing about this phenomenal stage adaptation is that it explores and exploits everything you can do on a stage to tell a story – to make us believe there’s a boy and a Bengal tiger in a boat somewhere out on the blue Pacific Ocean.”
Tim Bano, The Stage

“Quite simply, a wonder to behold”
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail

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The company of Life of Pi. Photo: Johan Persson

“Dazzling. That’s the word for this stage adaptation of Yann Martel’s bestseller about a 16-year-old Indian boy adrift in a lifeboat with a hungry Bengal tiger. Director Max Webster fuses sublime puppetry from War Horse’s Finn Caldwell, clever projection, and masterly stage design by Tim Hatley to bring the story to vibrant visual life. The performers throw their whole bodies into it.”
Nick Curtis, Evening Standard

“The first sight of Richard Parker, the tiger, is a breathtaking moment and emulates the CGI effects in Lee’s film.”
Arifa Akbar, The Guardian

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Habib Nasib Nader (Cook) Ron Larkin (Tiger Head) and Scarlet Wilderink (Tiger Heart) in Life of Pi. Photo: Johan Persson

“This is an odd one. When Lolita Chakrabarti’s adaptation of Yann Martel’s bestselling novel opened at the Crucible in Sheffield two years ago it was garlanded with raves by my colleagues. I duly went along to the much-delayed West End transfer expecting to be transported by a play touted as the new War Horse. Instead, I was often a little bored.”
Clive Davis, The Times

“Life of Pi” is fantastical, and director Max Webster’s extraordinary West End production is fantastic.”
David Benedict, Variety

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Life of Pi production photos by Johan Persson.

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