Critically acclaimed smash hit The Kite Runner is to fly again in the West End, transferring to the Playhouse Theatre from June after enjoying 93 standing ovations and wowing 60,000 people at Wyndhams Theatre.
It has been enthralling audiences in the West End since Christmas, winning rave reviews and standing ovations at every show. It is now taking a well-earned minibreak before moving into the Playhouse for a seven-week season.
Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international best-selling novel, this haunting and powerful story has been adapted into a stunning new stage production (read Stage Review’s four star verdict bit.ly/kiterunneruk).
A haunting tale of friendship which spans cultures and continents, it follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption.
Afghanistan is a divided country on the verge of war and two childhood friends are about to be torn apart. It’s a beautiful afternoon in Kabul and the skies are full of the excitement and joy of a kite flying tournament. But neither Hassan or Amir can foresee the terrible incident which will shatter their lives forever…
“We were completely overwhelmed by the response from audiences at Wyndhams Theatre,” producers, UK Productions, said. “We had sold out houses and a standing ovation at every single show. Audiences took this haunting show to their hearts and we are thrilled to be able to return so soon to the West End for a summer season.”
The Kite Runner, published in 2003, was Khaled Hosseini’s first novel. It became an instant bestseller across the globe and has since been published in 70 countries, selling 31.5 million copies in 60 languages.
The book tells the story of Amir, a young boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, whose closest friend is Hassan, his father’s young Hazara servant. The tale is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of Afghanistan’s monarchy through the Soviet invasion, the exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime.
The Kite Runner is adapted by Matthew Spangler and directed by Giles Croft. It is produced in the West End by Martin Dodd for UK Productions and Derek Nicol & Paul Walden for Flying Entertainment. It was originally produced by Nottingham Playhouse and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse.
The Kite Runner runs at the Playhouse Theatre from June 8-July 29.