The Kite Runner transfers to the Playhouse Theatre
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
MATTHEW Spangler’s highly acclaimed stage adaptation of The Kite Runner, which completed its run at Wyndham’s Theatre earlier this month, is transferring to the Playhouse Theatre for a strictly limited 8-week season – from June 8 to July 29, 2017.
Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international best-selling novel, The Kite Runner is a haunting tale of friendship which spans cultures and continents as 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…
In a statement, the producers said: “We were completely overwhelmed by the response from audiences at Wyndhams Theatre. Sold out houses and a standing ovation at every single show; Londoners took this haunting show to their hearts and we are thrilled to be able to return so soon to the West End for a strictly limited 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.
Produced in the West End by Martin Dodd for UK Productions and Derek Nicol and Paul Walden for Flying Entertainment, The Kite Runner is directed by Giles Croft. Casting for the new season will be announced in due course.
Tickets: From £15. Premium tickets available. To book, call 0844 871 7631. Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge.
Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.