PRODUCERS behind Life of Pi have revealed why the highly-anticipated stage show did not go ahead at Bradford's Alhambra Theatre last night.

The performance had been due to start at 7.30pm - but just minutes before the curtain call, Bradford Theatres took to social media to say it would not be going ahead "due to circumstances beyond our control".

The Telegraph & Argus has today learned a crew member was involved in a fall prior to the show beginning on its opening night.

He required hospital treatment and is thankfully now recovering. 

Tonight's performance is set to go ahead.

A spokesperson for the production company told the T&A: "Shortly prior to opening last night, a member of the Life of Pi crew was involved in a fall which required hospital treatment.

"He is recovering, but the show was unable to continue without cover at short notice.

"Preparations are underway to continue with tonight’s performance."

At 7.14pm last night, Bradford Theatres posted on X: "Please be advised due to circumstances beyond our control this evening's performance of Life of Pi will not be going ahead.

"Our Box Office team will be contacting customers or you can call us on 01274 432000 if you have tickets for this show (Monday, November 6).

"Sorry for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding."

In a press release about Life of Pi in the summer, Bradford Theatres said: "Life Of Pi is coming to the Alhambra Theatre from Monday, November 6, to Saturday, November 11, as part of its year-long tour of the UK and Ireland. 

"Having opened on Broadway this spring, the show is now nominated for five Tony Awards.

"Based on one of the best-loved works of fiction – winner of the Man Booker Prize, selling over 15 million copies worldwide – Life of Pi is a breathtaking new theatrical adaptation of an epic journey of endurance and hope.

"After a cargo ship sinks in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, there are five survivors stranded on a single lifeboat – a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, a 16-year-old boy and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger.

"Time is against them, nature is harsh, who will survive?"

In a review, the Observer said "everything about this production is amazing".

The Times added: "It will make you believe in the power of theatre. This is a hit."