"a spellbinding production"
-The Stage-

"a fighting kite that will come up winning"
-The Independent-

"an enthralling tale beautifully told"
-The Daily Telegraph-

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About the show

The stunning new stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s acclaimed novel The Kite Runner returns to the West End stage this summer. The moving story of friendship and conscience which crosses countries and cultures transfers to the Playhouse Theatre, playing performances from June 2017.

The Kite Runner is the completely unforgettable and heart-breaking story of the unexpected friendship that occurs between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, set in a country that is on the brink of total 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 that their lives could ever change.

A powerful depiction of betrayal and redemption, The Kite Runner has brought the turbulent 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.

Casting includes David Ahmad as Amir, Andrei Costin as Hassan/Sohrab, Emilio Doorgasingh as Baba, Karl Seth as Rahim Khan/Dr Schneider/Omar Faisil, Lisa Zahra as Soraya/Mrs Nguyen, Umar Pasha as Kamal/Zaman, Ezra Faroque Khan as Ali/Farid, Ravi Aujla as General Taheri/Raymond Andrews and Bhavin Bhatt as Asseff, alongside Oliver Gyani, Hanif Khan, Jay Sajjid and Danielle Woodnutt.

The play is adapted by American writer and three-time Elliot Norton Award-winner, Matthew Spangler (Albatros, Tortilla Curtain) and is based on the original book written by Khaled Hosseini. First released in 2003, the novel slowly gained traction, becoming a favourite around the world, before topping the New York Times bestseller list in March 2005, where it remained for over two years.

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 begins performances at Playhouse Theatre on June 8th 2017 and plays for a limited season until July 29th 2017.

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.

Playing at

Playhouse Theatre
Northumberland Ave
Seating Plan

Playhouse Theatre seating plan

Booking period

8th Jun 2017

25th Jun 2018

26th Aug 2017

Running time

2 hours 40 minutes (including interval)


Recommended ages 14+ contains strong language and adult themes