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LIFE OF PI is Coming to Broadway


Lolita Chakrabarti’s Olivier Winning ‘Best Play’ stage adaptation of Yann Martel’s award-winning novel will begin preview performances on March 9th at Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theater. Casting has not yet been announced. . .

We are thrilled to share the news that the theatrical adaptation of “Life of Pi,” which tells the story of a teenage boy stranded on a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean with a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and a Bengal tiger is coming to New York.

Hiran Abeysekera performed with the cast of “Life of Pi” at the Olivier Awards in April.Credit…Jeff Spicer/Getty Images For Solt

The show, written by Lolita Chakrabarti and directed by Max Webster, is an adaptation of Yann Martel’s acclaimed 2001 novel, which won the Man Booker Prize and inspired a 2012 film. It uses intricate puppetry designed by Finn Caldwell to bring the story’s animal characters to life. The seven performers who collectively puppet and play the tiger were awarded for best actor in a supporting role at the Olivier Awards.

In a statement, Chakrabarti called the show “a story of survival which all of us can fundamentally relate to after the effects of the pandemic.” She added that “to be able to tell this story the way I imagined it, to create the world using my references and viewpoint, has been an extraordinary gift.”

Before coming to Broadway, “Life of Pi” will make its North American premiere at the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University.

Published: 24th October 2022