The Kite Runner
Giles Croft's production of Khaled Hosseini's award-winning novel The Kite Runner returns to London, following an acclaimed run at Wyndham's Theatre. Flying into the Playhouse Theatre for a second West End run, the award-winning stage production originally premiered in 2013 at Nottingham Playhouse, before embarking on a successful UK tour.

Adapted for the stage by Matthew Spangler, The Kite Runner is the pertinent tale of childhood friends Hassan and Amir, who are ripped apart as a violent war engulfs Afghanistan. When the pair attend a kite flying tournament, a horrifying incident shatters their lives forever, bringing in to question their inseparable friendship.

A heart-wrenching, gritty tale that remains startlingly relevant today, The Kite Runner has had international success, becoming an A-Level studied text and selling over 31.5 million texts across the world. In 2007, the story was adapted into an award-winning film, before later becoming an award-winning play. A powerful story of human emotion, the importance of family and the detrimental effects of war, The Kite Runner plays a limited season at the Playhouse Theatre from June 8th to July 29th 2017.

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After 93 standing ovations and wowing 60,000 people at Wyndham's Theatre, The Kite Runner will transfer to the Playhouse Theatre for a strictly limited eight-week season.

After captivating the West End since Christmas and winning rave reviews, The Kite Runner finished its Wyndham's Theatre season earlier this month as planned. The producers have now announced that it will soar again in the West End in a strictly limited season at the Playhouse Theatre from 8 June to 29 July 2017. Final casting for the new London dates is still to be announced.

Based on Khaled Hosseini's international best-selling novel, this haunting and powerful story has been adapted into a stunning new stage production. 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...

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.

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Type of production: Play

Opened: 08 June 2017

Booking until: 26 August 2017

Running time: 2 hours 40 min

Prices: £22.00 - £119.00