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Lolita Chakrabarti

About Lolita Chakrabarti

Lolita Chakrabarti OBE is an award-winning playwright and actress. She trained at RADA and has been working as an actor on stage and screen for over thirty years.

Her debut play Red Velvet opened at the Tricycle Theatre before transferring to New York and then London’s West End. It earned her the Evening Standard Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright 2012; The Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright 2013; AWA for Arts and Culture 2013; an Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre 2012 and a WhatsOnStage nomination for London Newcomer of the Year & Best New Play 2013.

Chakrabarti’s adaptation of Life of Pi, based on Yann Martel’s novel, premiered at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield in 2019. Following critical acclaim, the production transferred to the Wyndham’s Theatre in November 2021. Chakrabarti was awarded the Olivier Award for Best New Play, and numerous other accolades including a WhatsOnStage Award, UK Theatre Award and CAMEO Award. Life of Pi opened at ART in Boston in December 2022 and then on Broadway in March 2023. The production has garnered countless nominations in the US including 5 Tony nominations.


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    • Production
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    • OF MARY
    • Lesata Productions
    • 2012, Produced by Lolita, a short film - Won the Best Short Film Award at PAFF, Los Angeles 2012, Nominated for Best Producers at Underwire 2012


    • Production
    • Company
    • Notes
    • LIFE OF PI
    • Simon Friend Entertainment, at the: Crucible Theatre; Wyndham's Theatre; A.R.T. Boston; Broadway; UK + US Tour
    • 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, Adapted from the novel by Yann Martel - Winner of Five Olivier Awards including Best New Play, Winner of Four UK Theatre Awards including Best New Play, WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Play, CAMEO Award for Book to Stage
    • HAMNET
    • RSC/ Neal Street Productions, Swan Theatre and the Garrick Theatre
    • 2023, 2024
    • HYMN
    • The Almeida Theatre, London
    • 2021, 2022, 2025, First live-streamed from the Almeida Theatre during the pandemic, London 17th February 2021. Returning to play live in August that same year. There have been several productions in the US including the Shakespeare and Company, Lenox, Massachusetts and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.
    • Manchester International Festival, Brisbane Festival 2019 and Hong Kong New Vision
    • 2019, 2020, A collaboration with digital projectionists 59Productions, choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and twenty-two dancer from Rambert
    • Sadlers Wells
    • 2020, dir. Kate Prince - Dramaturg
    • SYLVIA
    • The Old Vic
    • 2018, Directed/Written by Kate Prince - Dramaturg
    • The Old Vic
    • 2018, Curator. A series of 8 monologues celebrating the NHS' 70th birthday including SPEEDY GONZALEZ by Lolita Chakrabarti
    • Tricycle Theatre, London; St Anne's Warehouse, New York; Branagh Company at the Garrick Theatre
    • 2012, 2014, 2016 - Charles Wintour Evening Standard Award 2012 for Most Promising Playwright, Critics Circle Award 2012 for Most Promising Playwright, AWA Award 2013 for Arts and Culture, Nominated for WhatsOnStage Award 2013 for London Newcomer of the Year & Best New Play, Nominated for an Olivier Award 2013 for Best Play in an affiliate Theatre
    • The Almeida Theatre, London, Slung Low
    • 2009, Simon Burt, Lolita Chakrabarti and Matthew David Scott


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    • BBC Radio 3
    • 2024, Sunday drama
    • BBC Radio 4
    • 2020, a monologue
    • BBC Radio 4
    • 2014, Saturday drama
    • BBC Radio 4
    • 2006, Women's Hour serial