NT Live: Life of Pi

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Puppetry, magic and storytelling combine in a unique, Olivier Award-winning stage adaptation of the best-selling novel.

After a cargo ship sinks in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, a 16-year-old boy named Pi is stranded on a lifeboat with four other survivors – a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and a Royal Bengal tiger. Time is against them, nature is harsh, who will survive?

Filmed live in London’s West End and featuring state-of-the-art visuals, the epic journey of endurance and hope is bought to life in a breath-taking new way for cinemas screens.

Life of Pi won five Olivier Awards including Best New Play. Hiran Abeysekera won Best Actor, while the seven actors who play the tiger jointly won Best Actor in a Supporting Role - the first time puppet performers have been nominated in an Olivier Awards acting category.

5 Stars

"Breath-taking. It will make you believe in the power of theatre. Roar it out: this is a hit"

The Times

5 Stars

"Extraordinary. One of the most visually stunning shows I have ever seen"

Time Out

what to expect

With state-of-the-art filming techniques, tailored to every play, National Theatre Live brings you each performance as it happens, in all its glory. From close-ups that capture every flicker of emotion, to sweeping wide shots of the stage.

You’ll have the best seats in the house.

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"This is such a fantastic production and true to the book. Hiran Abeysekera is outstanding as Pi. His brilliant acting alongside the spellbinding puppets and puppetry mean you are truly transported into the story. The set is clever the way it moves and transforms the space so seamlessly. What an amazing chance to get the best seat in the house for this award-winning production."

Sophie Easterbrook