Despite being over a year since the production was originally scheduled to open in the West End, the full cast for the Life of Pi has now finally been named prior to its opening at the Wyndham’s Theatre on November 15th.
As confirmed previously, Hiran Abeysekera is to reprise the role of Pi. Payal Mistry as Rani, Tom Espiner as Father Martin and Commander Grant-Jones, Raj Ghatak as Mamaji and Pandit-Ji, Kirsten Foster as Lulu Chen, Mina Anwar plays Ma, with Nicholas Khan in the role of Father, Syreeta Kumar as Mrs Biology Kumar and Zaida Khan, David K.S. Tse as Mr Okamoto, Habib Nasib Nader as both the Cook and the Voice of Tiger. Nuwah Hugh Perera will play the Pi alternate, and Alex Chang and Deeivya Meir also featuring in the cast.
The incredible tiger puppet is brilliantly brought to life by Tom Larkin and Fred Davis as the Tiger Head, Scarlet Wilderink and Daisy Franks as the Tiger Heart, and Tom Stacy and Romina Hytten as the Tiger Hind.
Life Of Pi is based on the award-winning novel by Yann Martel of the same name, and follows a sixteen year old boy who is the only human survivor following a tragedy at sea. He is accompanied by a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan, and a Royal Bengal tiger, who must all embark on an epic journey to find land.
In 2019 at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre, Life of Pi had its world premiere and has been adapted by Lolita Chakrabarti. Max Webster directs the production, with puppet and movement direction by Finn Caldwell, lighting design by Tim Lutkin, sound design by Carolyn Downing, and scenic and costume design by Tim Hatley.
Performances of Life of Pi will be at the Wyndham’s Theatre from November 15th. Tickets to Life Of Pi are on sale now.