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The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner, The Playhouse Theatre

Playhouse Theatre, London
The Kite Runner
Playhouse Theatre, London
Our Review 5 / 5

This emotional and powerful stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s internationally best-selling novel comes to the West End following two highly successful regional runs and a brief UK tour. The award-winning tale of friendship, betrayal and redemption has left audiences weeping in the aisles at the beauty of the story telling and richness of the narrative that spans cultures and continents as it follows one man's attempt to confront his past and find redemption.

Having previously delighted audiences at the Wyndham's Theatre where it received nightly standing ovations and was seen by over 60,000 people, the production has announced it will transfer to the Playhouse Theatre for an eight week season from 8 June.

Adapted for the stage by Matthew Spangler and directed by Giles Croft, The Kite Runner is based on the original 2003 novel that has become a bestselling book around the world, published in over 70 countries selling over 31.5 million copies in 60 different languages. Set in Afghanistan, a divided country on the verge of war, it shows two childhood friends who find themselves about to be torn apart.

BBC's Casualty star Ben Turner takes on the lead role of Amir having previously played the role in Nottingham and around the country. Commenting on the scope and ambition of the play, he described it as an "origins story, something that no matter where you're from, the colour of your skin or your background, there's something in it that everyone can relate to. And it's Shakespearian in that respect, it's betrayal, forgiveness, redemption, it's guilt, and I think that is something that's universal."

A popular text for school students, The Kite Runner is set to be a fresh addition to the West End as it transfers to the Playhouse Theatre following a successful run at the Wyndham’s Theatre earlier this year.

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.

Previews from |
8th June 2017
Opening date |
8th June 2017
Booking from |
26th August 2017
Available until |
26th August 2017
Closes |
26th August 2017
Run time |
2 hours 40 minutes
Categories |
Adapted by Matthew Spangler from the novel by Khaled Hosseini
Martin Dodd for UK Productions and Derek Nicol & Paul Walden for Flying Entertainment.
Giles Croft
Charles Balfour
Drew Baumohl
Barney George
Cast list:
Davud Ahmad, Ravi Aujla, Bhauin Bhatt, Andrei Costin, Emilio Doorgasingh, Oliver Gyani, Ezra Faroque Khan, Hanif Khan, Umar Pasha, Jay Sajjid, Karl Seth, Danielle Woodnutt and Lisa Zahra
Other info:
Original music by Jonathan Girling

Playhouse Theatre Venue Information

Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE
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Our Review of The Kite Runner


Wyndham's, a perfect jewel of a London playhouse on Charing Cross Road, is one of the most sought-after venues in theatreland, and typically hosts a rotating roster of star actors. It was here that Madonna made her London stage acting debut; Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart have just departed after a run in Pinter's No Man's Land, and next up is former Doctor Who David Tennant leading the cast of Patrick Marber's Don Juan in Soho. Read more

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New cast for The Kite Runner at the Playhouse Theatre
Thursday, 15 June, 2017
Casting has been announced for the return West End engagement of The Kite Runner, running at the Playhouse Theatre through to 26 August 2017, ahead of a UK tour that begins on 31 August 2017 and is set to visit 11 cities around the country. New to the West End cast are David Ahmad, who takes on the pivotal role of the show’s narrator, Amir, as well as Ravi Aujla, Umar Pasha  Jay Sajjid and Karl Seth.  Returning...
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