The Kite Runner UK Tour

The Kite Runner UK Tour returns by popular demand in 2020. Khaled Hosseini’s novel is faithfully adapted for the stage by Giles Croft.

Book tickets for The Kite Runner at Wyndhams Theatre
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.

Kite Runner UK Tour
Andrei Costin and David Ahmad. Photo: Irina Chira

David Ahmad returns to the central role of Amir, with Andrei Costin as Hassan and Sohrab, Lisa Zahra as Soraya and Bhavin Bhatt as bad boy Assef, a role that led to him being named “Best Newcomer” at the Asian Media Awards.

The cast is completed by Tiran Aakel, Ian Abeyesekera, Adam Samuel Bal, Christopher Glover, Rhian Mclean, Dean Rehman, Stuart Vincent, Stanton Wright with Hanif Khan as the onstage Tabla Player.

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.”


The Kite Runner tour has been postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

21 -22 February 2020
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

5 – 7 March 2020
Theatre Clwyd, Mold

10 – 14 March 2020
Richmond Theatre

17 – 21 March 2020
Salisbury Playhouse

31 March – 4 April 2020
Leeds Playhouse

7 – 11 April 2020
The Lowry, Salford

14 – 18 April 2020
Churchill Theatre Bromley

21 – 25 April 2020
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

28 April – 2 May 2020
Devonshire Park Theatre

4 – 9 May 2020
Theatre Royal Plymouth

12 – 16 May 2020
Darlington Hippodrome

19 – 23 May 2020
New Theatre, Cardiff

26 – 30 May 2020
Eden Court, Inverness

2 – 6 June 2020
New Victoria Theatre, Woking

9 – 13 June 2020
Oxford Playhouse

16 – 19 June 2020
Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

22 – 27 June 2020
Curve Leicester

30 June – 4 July 2020
Lyceum Sheffield



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