West End show Life Of Pi has won a host of coveted gongs at the Olivier Awards as the biggest night in British theater returns.
he production, based on Yann Martel’s Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name, won Best Play.
It was among a plethora of musicals, plays and operas to be recognized during the ceremony, held at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Sunday.
Lolita Chakrabarti, who created the stage adaptation of Life Of Pi, told the PA news agency in the Olivier winners’ room that she was “thrilled” and “so proud” of the play’s success as she felt everyone was hitting it so hard would have worked on the show.
She added that Life Of Pi’s continued success is “a testament to the story Martel created,” and described it as an “absolute modern classic.”
“His generosity in giving me the freedom to tell the story the way I wanted, he said, ‘I know nothing about theatre, you do what you do and you have the book,'” she said.
“I think his understanding of other forms of artistry and his generosity is what made the film what it was and the play what it is. It really all comes from his book.”
The book was also adapted into a blockbuster film in 2012 starring Suraj Sharma, which won four Academy Awards including Best Director.
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Life Of Pi’s lead actor, Hiran Abeysekera, also won best actor – and the seven actors who play the tiger shared the best supporting actor award.
Abeysekera told PA in the Winners Room that taking on the role was “pretty scary” at first given the book’s popularity, but said after their first dress run they knew they had “something special”.
While Fred David, one of Tiger’s seven actors, said during his acceptance speech that this award was “phenomenal” and a “landmark moment in puppetry across the board.”
He added, “Hopefully it opens the door for more puppets in central roles in theater in the future.”
Sheila Atim also received the Best Actress gong for her role as Marianne in Constellations and Liz Carr won the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in A Normal Heart.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/life-of-pi-picks-up-host-of-coveted-gongs-as-the-olivier-theatre-awards-return-41539885.html Life Of Pi picks up a host of coveted gongs at the return of the Olivier Theater Awards