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Life of Pi comes to The Lowry for Christmas - in 2023

Tom Larkin as the tiger and Hiran Abeysekera as Pi in the 2021 production
Tom Larkin as the tiger and Hiran Abeysekera as Pi in the 2021 production

The Olivier-award-winning stage adaptation of best-selling novel Life of Pi will make a Christmas stop at The Lowry in Salford next Christmas on its first UK tour.

The show, which began life at the Sheffield Crucible in 2019, will run in Salford from December 5, 2023 until January 6, 2024. Tickets go on sale on Monday.

Lolita Chakrabarti’s adaption of Yann Martel’s best-selling novel is currently running at Wyndham’s Theatre in the West End and stars an extraordinary life-size puppet Bengal tiger.

The tour will open in Sheffield - at the Lyceum - next August, and also visits Bradford, Liverpool, Leeds and Hull.

The original book - about a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, a 16-year-old boy and a 450lb Royal Bengal tiger stranded on a lifeboat - has sold more than 15 million copies.  

The stage play won five Olivier awards in April, including best play, best actor for original Pi,

Hiran Abeysekera, and a first for the Oliviers, best supporting actor for all seven actors who played the tiger.

Future plans for the show now include an American debut, the UK and Ireland tour and tours of Europe, Asia and Australia.

Lolita Chakrabarti said: “It is incredible to begin this tour in Sheffield, where Life of Pi began its journey.  It has been an extraordinary year in the West End and the success of the play has been both a privilege and a delight.”

Casting for the tour is yet to be announced. 

More info on tour dates and tickets here


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