Last Updated on 10th October 2022
Olivier Award-winning production Life of Pi now running at Wyndham’s Theatre have released new production photos today by Danny Khan and Ellie Kurttz.
Lolita Chakrabarti’s dazzling stage adaption of Yann Martel’s award-winning book starring Nuwan Hugh Perera as Pi alongside a life-size Royal Bengal Tiger puppet is running until 15 January 2023, the final performance of the show at Wyndham’s Theatre in London. Book Life of Pi tickets here.
Nuwan Hugh Perera is joined by Chirag Benedict Lobo as the new alternate Pi. Other new cast members are: Davina Moon as Ma, Ameet Chana as Father, Tanvi Virmani as Rani, Saikat Ahamad as Mamaji/Pandit-Ji, Sakuntala Ramanee as Mrs Biology Kumar/Zaida Khan, Kevin Shen as Mr Okamoto, Phyllis Ho as Lulu Chen, Kazeem Tosin Amore as Cook/Voice of Richard Parker, Owain Gwynn, Rebecca Killick and Elan James as puppeteers and understudies Lilian Tsang and Mohit Mathur. Original West End cast members remaining in the show are: Tom Espiner (Father Martin/Commander Grant-Jones) and Olivier Award-winning puppeteers: Daisy Franks, Romina Hytten, Tom Larkin and Tom Stacy.
Nuwan Hugh Perera has been playing Pi twice a week since the show began in the West End. His previous theatre credits include Amelie at the Criterion and on tour and Godspell on tour. He appeared in the blockbuster film Mamma Mia! Here we Go Again and as a musician, plays keyboard and percussion for folk rock band, Sleep Walking Animals. Ameet Chana, who plays Pi’s father, is probably best known to TV viewers for playing Adi Ferreira in EastEnders.
Future plans for the show include a North American premiere in December 2022 through to January 2023 at the American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, Massachusetts, as well as an anticipated transfer to Broadway, and separate productions in Asia, Australia and Mexico.
Life of Pi was awarded its five Olivier Awards at a ceremony held at the Royal Albert Hall in London in April 2022. As well as Best New Play, and Best Actor for Hiran Abeysekera (the original Pi); in an historic first for the Olivier Awards – the seven performers who played ‘Richard Parker’ the puppet tiger – were collectively awarded Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The production also picked up awards for set (Tim Hatley, Nick Barnes and Finn Caldwell), and lighting design (Tim Lutkin and Andrzej Goulding).
The production is directed by Max Webster, Set and Costume Designer is Tim Hatley, the Puppet Designers are Nick Barnes and Finn Caldwell, the Puppet and Movement Director is Finn Caldwell, the Video Designer is Andrzej Goulding, the Lighting Designer is Tim Lutkin, the Sound Designer is Carolyn Downing, the Composer is Andrew T Mackay, Dramaturgy is by Jack Bradley, the Casting Director is Polly Jerrold, the Associate Director is Leigh Toney, the Associate Puppetry and Movement Director is Scarlet Wilderink, the Associate Set Designer is Ross Edwards, the Associate Puppet Designer is Caroline Bowman, the Costume Supervisor is Sabrina Cuniberto and the Props Supervisor is Ryan O’Conner.
Now playing at Wyndham’s Theatre