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Life of Pi West End announce finial extension and new cast

Life of Pi announce finial West End extension and new cast
Written by Lewis Wilson

Life of Pi West End has announced its final booking period. Booking has extended until 15th January 2023, which will be its final performance at Wyndham’s Theatre.

Cast of Life of Pi West End

Oliver Award winner Hiran Abeysekera continues in the title role until 7th September, when current alternate Pi, Nuwan Hugh Perera, will take over alongside new alternate Chirag Benedict Lobo.

New cast members joining in September are: Davina Moon as Ma, Ameet Chana as Father and Tanvi Virmani as Rani. In addition to, Saikat Ahamad as Mamaji/Pandit-Ji, Sakuntala Ramanee as Mrs Biology Kumar/Zaida Khan and Kevin Shen as Mr Okamoto. Also joining, Phyllis Ho as Lulu Chen, Kazeem Tosin Amore as Cook/Voice of Richard Parker and Owain Gwynn as Puppeteer. Lastly, understudies Lilian Tsang and Mohit Mathur.

Original West End cast members remaining in the show from 7th September are: Tom Espiner (Father Martin/Commander Grant-Jones) and puppeteers: Daisy Franks, Romina Hytten, Tom Larkin, Chris Milford and Tom Stacy.

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.

Producer Simon Friend said: “Our magical production of Life of Pi goes from strength to strength. We are delighted to release 100,000 more tickets for our final booking period in the West End. We look forward to welcoming new cast members in September. The response to this show continues to be overwhelming and we look forward to welcoming audiences to witness Pi’s journey of a lifetime in the West End and beyond.”

Creative team

The production is directed by Max Webster, with set and costume design by Tim Hatley. More creative team include, puppet and movement direction by Finn Caldwell, puppet design by Nick Barnes & Finn Caldwell and video by Andrzej Goulding. Additionally, lighting by Tim Lutkin, sound by Carolyn Downing, composition by Andrew T Mackay, and casting by Polly Jerrold.

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