About the showA stunning new stage play version of Khaled Hosseini’s acclaimed novel The Kite Runner has arrived on the West End stage this winter. The moving story of friendship and conscience which crosses countries and cultures opened at Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s on 21st December 2016.
The Kite Runner is a completely unforgettable and heart-breaking story if the unexpected friendship that occurs between a rich boy and the son of his father’s servant, set in a country that is on the brink of destruction. On a beautiful day in Kabul where the air is full of joy at a kite flying tournament, neither Hassan nor Amir can imagine how their lives will change forever.
This powerful depiction of betrayal and redemption has brought the turbulent recent history of Afghanistan over the last 30 years to the world stage. In a new production that has enthralled audiences around the country, Hosseini’s classic story is once again given a new breath of life.
The play version is created by American writer and three-time Elliot Norton Award-winner, Matthew Spangle (Albatros, Tortilla Curtain). It is based on the original book that was written by Afgan-American doctor and writer Khaled Hosseini. After being first released in 2003, the book slowly gained traction becoming a favourite in book clubs around the world, before topping the New York Times best seller list in March 2005, where it remained for more than two years.
Ben Turner will return to the lead role in the play. Turner is well known for his work on both stage and screen, including his long running role in the BBC TV series Casualty as well as film work such as 300: Rise of an Empire and Adulthood.
Joining Turner is Emilio Doorgasingh as Baba, Nicholas Khan as Rahim Khan, Lisa Zahra as Soraya, David Ahmad as Kamal, Ezra Khan as Ali, Nicholas Karimi as Assef and Antony Bunsee as General Taheri.
This beautiful new production is a powerful retelling of one of the most influential stories to have been created in the 21st century. The Kite Runner began performances at Wyndham’s Theatre on 21st December 2016 and will run until 11th March 2017 and is not to be missed.
Who Should See It?Those who loved Khaled Hosseini’s original novel version of The Kite Runner or the film adaptation, should definitely not miss the chance to have this gripping and moving tale performed in a beautiful new production. If you are new to Hosseini’s work, it is still highly recommended, being a universal tale able to transcend cultures and continents.