The Life of Pi
The Times says, 'Long after the curtain falls, Life of Pi will make you believe in the power of theatre'. The Guardian said it's an 'extraordinary journey. Unmissable'. The Sunday Times said Life of Pi 'will make you believe in theatre. A triumph'. The Observer said that 'everything about this production is amazing', and the Mail on Sunday said the puppetry is 'out of this world'. That's what we call five star reviews, and that's why this extraordinary play is about to blow your mind. If you've seen the film, you'll love it. If you've read the book, you'll adore it. Welcome to Lolita Chakrabarti's fresh stage adaptation of Yann Martel’s best-selling novel.
The plot? Life of Pi is about a cargo ship that sinks leaving a hyena, zebra, orangutan, Bengal tiger and 16 year-old Pi, an Indian boy, in the lifeboat, the only survivors. It's based on the Canadian book published in 2001 and stars Piscine Molitor Patel, shortened to Pi, a young Tamil boy who manages to survive a total of 227 days in a lifeboat on the mighty Pacific Ocean, accompanied by a massive Bengal tiger called Richard Parker. The book sold more than ten million copies. It won numerous prizes. The 2012 movie was directed by Ang Lee, with screenplay from David Magee. Now it's on stage at the specially-remodelled Wyndhams theatre and theatre lovers across the UK and beyond are waiting to buy tickets. Make sure you don't miss out!
Audience Latest Reviews
Reviews Summary based on 76 reviews
What to expect
Amazing sets and lighting, wonderfully skilled puppetry
This is a wonderful theatrical experience, I am a huge theatre fan and attend performances at least twice a month. The 'Life of Pi' sets are amazing, clever and inventive enhanced by incredibly skilled lighting and visuals. It is always hard to translate an iconic book like 'Life of Pi'across to theatre, television or cinema and something is bound to be lost in the process. By enlarge this was a successful transfer, what was lost in the narrative was compensated for by the enormity of the vision and the total success of the sets and puppetry. At times the acting was somewhat wooden and stilted, I am not a fan of 'blind casting' and for me the insertion of white actors as Indians was jarring and unnecessary, however that aside it is certainly a production that I am very glad I did not miss. Deborah, 10 May 2022
Such a wonderful show Malcolm, 08 May 2022
Best theatre I have seen in decades
Truly mesmerising. Pi is outstanding and the puppetry masterful. Lighting, set and special effects creative genius. Pure brilliance at every level. Carol, 02 May 2022
Amazing Gerlinde, 27 Apr 2022
Amazing Rendition of an Amazing Story
I read the book. I saw the film. But, this performance truly brought this wonderful story to life. The actors were uniformly excellent but the puppets and puppeteers were awesome! Leslie, 23 Apr 2022
Amazing acting and props
A delight absolute gem will bring my daughter next time. Very meaningful and great acting and props in a beautiful theatre. Dulani, 23 Apr 2022
Amazing show! Ildikó, 21 Apr 2022
Unusual and absorbing. Very well done David, 20 Apr 2022
A beautiful tempest of colour and imagery
A faithful and, (if not somewhat thematically biased) visually stunning adaptation of the book. The costume, prop and stage design perfectly convey the thematic importance of Pi's account at sea, which like the direction, bring a new perspective to an audience with prior knowledge (or in retrospection), if not slightly limiting further interpretations. Che Harry, 20 Apr 2022
Astonishing! Charles-Henry, 19 Apr 2022
Excellent acting, puppetry and stage sets Ljiljana, 19 Apr 2022
A theatrical feast
A glorious paean for man versus nature, this performance had everything great in as far as you were watching a man, (an extremely amusing one), on a boat with a tiger in the middle of an ocean. Add the beauty of night stars, a vulnerable wilderness and incredibly skilled direction and animal puppetry. Can you tell I loved it?! Paul, 16 Apr 2022
Absolutely outstanding performance
This show was simply brilliant. A must see for all age groups. Mary, 04 Apr 2022
Terrible, don't bother.
Not good, felt very dumbed down.
Didn't get the hype. Evie, 03 Apr 2022
Fabulous. Great effects, gripping to watch
Main character excellent. Sets marvellous. Animals animated with great skill. Lesley, 31 Mar 2022
Evocative and unique Tatiana, 30 Mar 2022
Fabulous show Alexander, 25 Mar 2022
Excellent production. Candy, 17 Mar 2022
GREAT adaptaion. GREAT show. Anna, 14 Mar 2022
this was real theatre, a real show. Full of colour, wonderful effects and of course, the animal puppets. A visual feast, Maybe not for children under 12 as there are scenes of death and killing, but otherwise a fantastic couple of hours of pure entertainment. My only quibble was that the some of the actors seemed to be shouting rather than projecting and this jarred a little. Arianne, 12 Mar 2022
A wonderful book and film and the stage version doesn’t disappoint in any way.
This is an extraordinary technical and artistic achievement.
The lighting effects are outstanding.
Lose yourself in a wonderful theatre experience. Julie, 10 Mar 2022
Life of Pi
Exceptionally enjoyable. Susie, 04 Mar 2022
A touching, engaging story creatively told Lawrence, 28 Feb 2022
Fantastic show, must see!
Brilliant show, loved it from beginning to end. Wasn’t sure what to expect but this exceeded anything we had hoped for. Siobhan, 26 Feb 2022
Worth the 5 hour drive and train to get there
Brilliant acting, imaginative choreography and a subtle adaption for the stage made for an uplifting experience which left us asking questions at the end. Not suitable for small children. David, 25 Feb 2022
What a spectacle! What a marvel!
From the storytelling, the incredible puppetry, the amazing stage set to the fabulous cast and the perfect Pi, this has to be one of the best performances I have seen on stage. I was mesmerised from beginning to end! Felicity, 23 Feb 2022
A wonderful production; a great adaptation with stunning performances, superb set and brilliant costumes. Would watch it again and again. KEITH, 19 Feb 2022
This is a great show. Good acting and impressive puppetry. Thoroughly enjoyable. Andrei, 18 Feb 2022
Must see Stuart, 18 Feb 2022
It was absolutely excellent. I was looking forward to it but the show exceeded expectations. Especially the lighting and effects were amazing... particularly the water! John, 17 Feb 2022
Fantastic entertainment Angela, 17 Feb 2022
Very entertaining Judith, 17 Feb 2022
Amazing. Heather, 17 Feb 2022
A simplyvawe inspiring visual, musical and philosophical feast Tim, 16 Feb 2022
A fine production with beautiful effects and a thought provoking message. What's not to love? Brandon, 13 Feb 2022
Absolutely incredible performance. Beautiful scenery and clever puppetry. Bethany, 12 Feb 2022
Very interesting! Amna Laura, 06 Feb 2022
The acting was brilliant and we was just blown away with how realistic the puppetry of the animals was. Has to be the best show we have seen yet. In our opinion slightky beating the lion king which has undeniably one of the best shows in the west end. Chris, 22 Jan 2022
Just fabulous claire, 22 Jan 2022
A must see!
It was absolutely amazing! (and I'm quite a critic when it comes to plays etc) I'm quite interested in scenery, props, special effects etc and I was really impressed with how they managed to portray the different parts, eg projecting the sea upon the stage, the puppetry. Very original and mesmerising. I'd actually like to see it again! One of the best plays I've ever seen and I go to the theatre a lot! michelle, 16 Jan 2022
Spectacular. An absolute must see!
Excellent acting and very creative use of the stage and lighting. Will certainly be recommending this show to our friends and family. Gemma, 16 Jan 2022
Did I find that sound/volume should be a bit higher Parvinder, 14 Jan 2022
From the Grand4 Circle the lighting effects are superb, giving the viewer
a distinct feeling of being at sea. The main character was well cast, but a bit screechy. The animal operators were skilful to the point they went unnoticed. Ian, 04 Jan 2022
Better animation than the Lion king JONATHAN, 02 Jan 2022
Fantastic show, totally captivating and not too long. The puppetry was excellent. Pat, 01 Jan 2022
too poor fro the money
too poor simona, 31 Dec 2021
The best I've seen so far hiten, 28 Dec 2021
Enjoyable in every way. Fiona, 23 Dec 2021
Puppets were amazing. Mary, 23 Dec 2021
A beautiful story, creatively told Chris, 21 Dec 2021
A different must see. Brenda, 18 Dec 2021
Whole performance was excellent, everything from the acting, lighting, SFX and puppets. The story was fantastic and the duration was just the right length for a show.
Only dislike was the slight discomfort of seating and space. Stephanie, 17 Dec 2021
One of the Best shows in London!
Having been going to the Theatre here and all over the world for the last 60 years! This production is up there with the greats.Hiran Abeysekera should win best actor of the year and the whole cast should be offered a Christmas box each from the finest food shops in London. Roger, 17 Dec 2021
Cancelled by Covid
Why did you send out a survey for a performance that was cancelled by Covid - doh! Neil, 16 Dec 2021
show was great shame about the public
no masks in sign, of course everyone took the mask off as soon as they sat down, and no, not everyone was eating/drinking. There were no checks, all stewards were just standing there doing nothing, no spaces between people, it was very hot inside and generally not Covid safe. Emails were confirming how much Covid safe the place is and no, it was not. False advert. Please refrain from these messages when you simply do not even attempt to enforce the rule. Dita, 06 Dec 2021
Superb Tamar, 04 Dec 2021
Took my parents and we absolutely loved it. Just such a beautiful production, and the puppetry was incredible. Pi was loveable and engaging. Just loved the whole thing! Jo, 29 Nov 2021
What good theatre is about! Amanda, 25 Nov 2021
Brilliant, amazing piece of theatre.
It is possibly best to have the read the book but as this is a great piece of theatre it is very much worth seeing. However not for children under 10. Susan, 21 Nov 2021