The Kite Runner UK Tour returns by popular demand in 2021. Khaled Hosseini’s novel is faithfully adapted for the stage by Giles Croft.
Ben Turner and the cast of The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner is based on Khaled Hosseini’s international best-selling novel of the same name, this haunting and powerful story has been adapted into a stunning stage production. The Kite Runner is a haunting tale of friendship which spans cultures and continents, following 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…
The Kite Runner, published in 2003, was Khaled Hosseini’s first novel. It became an instant bestseller across the globe and has since been published in 70 countries, selling 31.5 million copies in 60 languages.
The Kite Runner is adapted by Matthew Spangler and directed by Giles Croft.
“The response is always extraordinarily powerful and we are fortunate to get standing ovations at every performance, with audiences connecting deeply and emotionally with the characters and the story.” It is, Giles strongly believes, a story with universal resonance. “It speaks to all people through the core themes of guilt, forgiveness and redemption. Those are things that we all have some connection with. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are, it will speak to you.”
Matthew Spangler adds that the play covers many universal themes: a father and son relationship, friendship, love, global politics, refugees, forgiveness and redemption. “A more conventional play might just choose one of those themes, but in The Kite Runner all the themes kind of swim around each other. There’s always something new happening on stage and something new to think about. It’s a very sad but hopeful and moving story. Maybe people will leave with a greater understanding of the themes and it’s great if they do, but at the very basic level it’s a piece of storytelling and emotion.”
Updated on 15 August 2020
13 – 17 April 2021
4 – 8 May 2021
11 – 15 May 2021
New Victoria Theatre WOKING
18 – 22 May 2021
The Lowry, SALFORD QUAYS
25 – 29 May 2021
Theatre Royal PLYMOUTH
The Kite Runner 2020 tour is being rescheduled into 2021. More dates announced soon.