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 wowing the West End since Christmas, winning rave reviews, receiving standing ovations at every show and captivating an audience of more than 60,000 theatregoers, The Kite Runner finished its Wyndham’s Theatre season earlier this month as planned.
Today producers announced that it will soar again in the West End in a strictly limited season at the PlayhouseTheatre 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 today:
“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.
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.