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Hiran Abeysekera to star in Life of Pi at Wyndham's Theatre

Hiran Abeysekera with Richard Parker, Life of Pi. Photo credit: Helen Maybanks.

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for Life of Pi, the celebrated Sheffield Theatres production which will transfer to London this summer.

Performances begin on Sunday, June 28, 2020, at Wyndham’s Theatre which for the first time ever, will be transformed to fully accommodate the magnificent elements of the production that left audiences mesmerised.

Lolita Chakrabarti’s dazzling adaptation of Yann Martel’s extraordinary, award-winning book was awarded a string of five-star reviews when it opened in Sheffield last year.

Hiran Abeysekera, whose performance in the lead role won him universal critical acclaim, will return as Pi.

As well as Life of Pi, Hiran Abeysekera’s theatre includes: Botticelli in the Fire (Hampstead Theatre); Akhrot (The Royal Court Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe); The Prisoner (Théâtre Des Bouffes Du Nord); Cymbeline, Hamlet and The Taming Of The Shrew (RSC); Peter Pan (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Behind the Beautiful Forevers and War Horse Prom (National Theatre); Rats Tales (Manchester Royal Exchange); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oxford Shakespeare Company) and Tartuffe (English Touring Theatre).

Other credits include: Holby City, Find Me In Paris and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TV) and Tumanbay, Broken Paradise and The Last Time I Saw Richard (radio).

The cast will also include Mina Anwar (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Apollo theatre/Sheffield Crucible), Sagar Arya (Casualty), Alex Chang (Golden Shield, Soho Theatre/Yellow Earth Theatre), Fred Davis (Ocean at the end of the Lane, National Theatre), Tom Espiner (Berberian Sound Studio, Donmar Warehouse), Kirsten Foster (Much Ado About Nothing, New English Shakespeare Company/Dubai Opera House), Daisy Franks (The Gruesome Twosome, The Place), Raj Ghatak (The Kite Runner, Best Actor Winner, UK Tour), Nuwan Hugh Perera (Side Show, Southwark Playhouse)…

…Romina Hytten (The Lorax, The Old Vic/The Royal Alexander Theatre, Toronto), Sarah Kameela Impey (Much Ado About Nothing, Northern Broadsides), Tom Larkin (Bury the Dead, Finborough Theatre), David K.S. Tse (Chimerica, Almeida/Harold Pinter Theatre), Syreeta Kumar (Equus, English Touring Theatre), Deeivya Meir (Warlords & Tyrants, Rada Festival/Fireraisers), Habib Nasib Nader (Downtown Paradise, Welsh Fargo Theatre Company) and Scarlet Wilderink (Treasure Island, Stephen Joseph Theatre).

After a cargo ship sinks in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, there are five survivors stranded on a single lifeboat – a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, a sixteen year-old boy and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. Time is against them, nature is harsh, who will survive?

Based on one of the best-loved works of fiction – winner of the Man Booker Prize, selling over fifteen million copies worldwide – Life of Pi is a breath-taking new theatrical adaptation of an epic journey of endurance and hope.

Life of Pi is directed by Max Webster, with set and costume design by Tim Hatley, puppet design by Finn Caldwell (also puppet and movement direction) and Nick Barnes, video design by Andrzej Goulding, lighting by Tim Lutkin and sound by Carolyn Downing. Composer is Andrew T Mackay and casting director is Polly Jerrold.

Read more about Life of Pi.

Teaser trailer.

Image: Hiran Abeysekera with Richard Parker, Life of Pi. Photo credit: Helen Maybanks.