Hit Book Life of Pi Now a Stage Play

Life of Pi the Novel: The novel is Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, which tells the story of an Indian boy who is stranded on a lifeboat with a tiger in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It won the Booker Prize in 2002 and has sold more than 15 million copies.

Life of Pi is an enchanting book about survival and religion and what is real and what’s not. But for a long stretch, it is just a boy and a tiger. In a lifeboat. At sea.

Life of Pi the Film: When it was adapted for a film by director Ang Lee in 2012, people wondered how it would work. But Hollywood has the benefit of CGI wizardry, and it ended up winning four Oscars, including best director and visual effects.

Life of Pi the Stage Play?  How on earth will Life of Pi work in a theatre? People are asked to use their imaginations and so buy into the magic of a tiger coming to life on stage…The animals are puppets, but even though the tiger needs three people to operate it, it still appears disconcertingly realistic, especially when it is growling in your direction.


As well as the puppets, the show will use state-of-the-art projections on the stage and backdrop to conjure up an entire Indian zoo, and then swiftly summon up the vast, mighty Pacific.


To help bring the human story to life, 16-year-old Pi, played by Hiran Abeysekera, sees visions of his family and other characters as he is helplessly swept across the sea with only the tiger for company.

Life of Pi is at Sheffield Crucible until 20 July.