After two West End seasons, The Kite Runner, an unforgettable theatrical tour de force based on Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel, embarks on a new UK tour. I catch up with the cast at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley.
The Kite Runner is powerful and quite brilliant production that investigates the complexity of power balances between people – and how these can fluctuate and change on the toss of a coin – with aplomb.
This year variety has been the thing (though I’ve still managed to stack up certain repeat attendances), so that means I’ve seen a serious amount of performers – some even two or three times!
Raw and powerful, the stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel The Kite Runner has lost none of its edge as it returns to the King’s for a week-long run, three years after it was last here.
3. Andrei Costin as Hassan: all of the cast are extremely good and deliver memorable performances, but for me Costin as Hassan is a quiet and understated performance but enhances the sense of Amir’s betrayal well in his reactions and clear devotion that is really heartbreaking to watch.
Two young boys, play and love like brothers but fight like strangers. Amir reflects on his past and the incidents which brought him from Kabul to San Francisco. Not proud of his past, we are shown the real struggles and chaos caused by society, by the Taliban and by Amir himself.
A father and a son. Two best friends. Immigration, refugees and global politics. It’s the mid-1970’s and Kabul is enjoying a time of peace and tranquillity. That is until a violent war engulfs Afghanistan tearing apart the friendship of Amir and Hassan.
At one point in The Kite Runner, taxi driver Farid says “I don’t think there is a more Afghan way to die than stepping on a mine.” Or, indeed, live. The role may be one of the smallest but these are the words which perfectly express how pinioned all the play’s characters are by their circumstances, be it their race, their wealth, their gender or their location.
Wonderfully powerful, Giles Croft’s heartfelt production of Khaled Hosseini’s best selling novel makes a welcome return to the West End. Covering topics such as guilt, betrayal and redemption, The Kite Runner is a show that constantly tugs at the audience’s heartstrings while also providing them with an education about what it meant (and still does) to live in Afghanistan during conflict.
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.
The company of The Kite Runner have started a nightly curtain-call ritual, reading out a response to US President Donald Trump’s executive order this past week banning Syrian refugees as well as all immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. Worth watching and sharing.
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.
Khaled Hosseini’s utterly heartbreaking story is beautifully and painfully brought to life through Matthew Spangler’s adaptation and Giles Croft’s production. Based on the 2003 novel, The Kite Runner is a story of guilt, betrayal and redemption that is as poetic and affectionate as it is brutal and honest.
There’s a broad canvas painted in Matthew Spangler’s adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s novel in a story that traces the troubled recent, tribal history of Afghanistan from its pre-Soviet days to the Taliban nightmare of today.
Khaled Hosseini’s novel is an intimate epic: a flawed, damaged, remorseful man’s journey through thirty years of turbulent history.
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Final casting, in addition to star Ben Turner, has been confirmed for the West End premiere of Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, playing at the Wyndham’s Theatre from 21 December 2016 until 11 March 2017.
The stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner is to transfer to the West End for a strictly limited 12-week season at Wyndham’s Theatre from Wednesday 21 December 2016 to Saturday 11 March 2017. Press night is Tuesday 10 January at 7.00pm.