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The Kite Runner to open at the West End's Wyndham's Theatre
The stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s novel comes to London.
After delighting audiences on a UK tour, the stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s international best-selling novel The Kite Runner will transfer to the West End for a limited run at the Wyndham's Theatre for a limited season from 21 December 2016, with an official opening on 10 January 2017, running to 11 March 2017.
Adapted by Matthew Spangler, the production is directed by Giles Croft and was originally produced by Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse. The play has since toured the UK and has been met with strong reviews.
The cast is headed by Ben Turner, best known for playing Jay Faldren for three years in BBC1’s Casualty.
Described as "a haunting tale of friendship which spans cultures and continents" The Kite Runner 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."
Hosseini’s original book has sold 31.5million copies worldwide and has been translated into 60 different languages. Now an A-Level set text, the show will appeal to students and those familiar with the story, as well as those discovering the powerful narrative for the first time.
Matthew Spangler's adaptation of the novel originally premiered at San Jose Repertory Theatre in 2009 and opened at the Nottingham Playhouse in 2013 before a UK Tour.