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Stage adaptation of Yann Martel’s Life of Pi announced

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A major new stage adaptation of Yann Martel’s Life of Pi by Lolita Chakrabarti has been announced to run at Sheffield Theatres.

The play was announced by Robert Hastie as part of further programming for the theatre’s current season, which includes the previously announced Out of Joint co-production Close Quarters and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The world premiere of Life of Pi, which is directed by Max Webster, is to run from June 28 to July 20, 2019, with press night on July 8.

Hastie said: “When I first read Life of Pi, back when everyone was telling each other to read this wonderful new book, I remember thinking that it could make for an awesome piece of theatre if someone had the ambition and imagination to bring it to the stage.”

Sheffield Theatres has also announced a co-production with Northern Stage; Third Angel’s The Department of Distractions, which runs in the studio from January 25 to February 2.

As part of the Sheffield People’s Theatre Residency Season, which gives members of the local community the chance to gain theatre skills, there will be three week-long residencies from Frantic Assembly, Barrel Organ and Showstoppers. Each theatre company will produce a piece of work with participants from the city.