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The Kite Runner

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Performance Times
Mon - 19:30
Tue - 19:30
Wed - 19:30
Thu 14:30 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 14:30 19:30
Sun - -
The Kite Runner description

The Kite Runner sold many millions of copies, seven million in the USA alone. It shot the author to literary stardom, touched the world and humanised the ongoing tragedy that is Afghanistan. Now the play of the book is due in the West End, and it's tipped to sell like hot cakes. Resistance is futile... this is powerful, moving stuff and you don't want to miss it.

The play has been adapted from the book by Matthew Spangler. It's directed by Giles Croft and was originally produced by Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company and the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse theatres. The Telegraph simply calls it, “A hit”. The Daily Mail calls it, “Outstanding” and The Times, “Exhilarating”. According to the FT it's “Beautifully performed” and the Mail on Sunday credits it as “Utterly absorbing from start to finish”. The Guardian says it's, “Gripping”. The critics are right, this is an awesome piece of theatre.

The author was a medical intern at a California hospital when he found out about the Taliban's cruel ban on kite flying in Afghanistan. He'd grown up loving it as a child, and was immediately inspired to write a short story about two boys flying kites in Kabul. Years later he rediscovered the manuscript in his garage and started working on it to create a full length book. As he worked the narrative became ever-darker, and a literary legend was born.

The Kite Runner covers multiple generations, focusing on the relationship between parents and children. In the first two years after publication it sold 70,000 hardbacks and a million and a quarter paperbacks. But in 2004 things really took off, and it soon hit the number one spot in the New York Times best seller list, staying there for two years.

The Kite Runner – The story

The scene is Afghanistan, a divided country on the brink of war. Two young friends, Amir and Hassan, are flying kites together, something Afghani people adore. But neither boy could have predicted the tragedy that overcame them on that sunny afternoon. The story from then on is rich in the themes of friendship, betrayal, guilt, redemption and the 'uneasy love' between fathers and son.

The story has crossed cultural, racial, religious and gender barriers with remarkable ease, and resonates with a huge variety of people thanks to its sheer, heartfelt humanity. Can Amir atone for his actions on that fateful day? The answer is yes, and you'll never forget his journey to redemption.

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Valid on all performances until 26 August 2017.

The Kite Runner reviews

4.6 out of 5 based on 48 reviews

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Latest customer reviews
Just as the book easily identified

Very good

Reviewed on 25 August 2017 by , London, United Kingdom

Very disappointing acting

I loved the book, so looked forward to the show. Sadly poor acting and direction, leaves you unaffected by the terribly sad story. I dare say in the second half I was fighting the urge to leave the theatre as bad acting became irritating.

Reviewed on 17 August 2017 by , Surbiton, United Kingdom

Very true to the book!

After reading the novel, I was interested to see the play and was not disappointed. The play storyline was true to the book and although I read it a while ago and couldn'tremember the full story, it came flooding back. Heartbreaking! The setting was amazing, especially the kite backdrops.

Reviewed on 09 August 2017 by , London, United Kingdom

Read the book

Couldn't understand where all the 4 star reviews on the promo poster came from. The book was amazing, didn't see the film but suspect that would've been better, the play didn't feel the right platform for the story. A good attempt by adult actors to play children but along the way the sense of innocence and vulnerability was lost. Also the scope, the landscape and backdrop was lost. In bridging the scenes the lead talking to the audience telling the story made it feel like a talking book and distanced the action and characters from the audience. Worthy attempt but not the right medium for this story.

Reviewed on 25 July 2017 by , London, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 25 June 2017 by , Nottingham, United Kingdom


The show was very true to the book.The acting was warm and engaging.Brilliant with the Tabas player as the accompanying music.The scenography in harmony with the rest of the show.

Reviewed on 13 March 2017 by , London, United Kingdom

Creative must watch !

Really loved the show. Creative, emotional and fun show.

Reviewed on 12 March 2017 by , Hertefordshire, United Kingdom


Such a wonderful show - did such justice to the book. Amazing acting and my goodness was it a rollercoaster of emotions!!! So glad we managed to see this - definitely recommend!

Reviewed on 12 March 2017 by , Basildon, United Kingdom


Absolutely brilliant, great story very true to the book

Reviewed on 12 March 2017 by , Leeds, United Kingdom


Authentic and true the book.

Reviewed on 12 March 2017 by , London, United Kingdom


This show was captivating from the moment it bdgan. The whole performance was excellent and I wojld recommend any one to see it

Reviewed on 08 March 2017 by , Dagenham, United Kingdom

Absolutely fantasic

I travelled from Ireland specifically to see this show and it didn't disappoint. I am a huge fan of the books so I was nervous to see how it would translate to the stage bit it was done with such dignity and remained true to the text. I thought the actor who played Hassan was incredible and it was overall a hugely emotive performance. I was honoured to have seen it. Fantastic!!!!!!

Reviewed on 05 March 2017 by , Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland


Powerful and moving play. I absolutely loved the book and this theatre performances didn't fail to bring out the same emotions I felt whilst reading the book. A must-see!

Reviewed on 03 March 2017 by , London, United Kingdom

Powerful performances

Excellent production. Far better than the film but it can't beat the book. sensitive issues are dealth with in an emotive way that touches the whole audience. I was not disappointed with this production and the acting was second to none.

Reviewed on 03 March 2017 by , Luton, United Kingdom

Compelling tale.

Firstly it would be good to have some background knowledge of the story of the kite runner. It is a sobering modern story. Although I was gripped by the play it felt a little long and overdone in places. Other parts of the story that were omitted that I felt could have added more drama and crescendo. The part where Amir re meets the childhood bully , now a senior Taliban official is rushed and felt under directed. Most problematic for me was our seating in the balcony because I could barely hear the actors, particularly the lead actor did not project. On a positive note the staff provided me with headphones which resolved the problem. The play felt a little long in the second half. However overall I l loved it as I knew the story well. It was pretty much as the author had written it.

Reviewed on 28 February 2017 by , West Thamesmead, United Kingdom

Powerful story

Overall an enjoyable production (although shocking in parts - not suitable for children). I think the way the play has been written gives too much time to Amir (although I appreciate this is difficult to avoid due to the first person narrative of the book). The actor playing Amir was not particularly captivating to watch in parts. This said, the actors playing Rahim Khan and Hassan were strong and portrayed their parts very well. Another thing was that the story felt rushed (again, I appreciate this is hard to avoid due to the length/depth of the book). Perhaps it could've been split into two parts? To sum up, I found the production very adequate but felt it was carried more by the power of the story than the actors.

Reviewed on 24 February 2017 by , Midhurst, United Kingdom

must see

Reviewed on 24 February 2017 by , Orpington, United Kingdom

Amazing show

Reviewed on 23 February 2017 by , Dagenham East, United Kingdom

Clever interpretation of the book

Condensed version of the book very cleverly portrayed with minimal props.

Reviewed on 19 February 2017 by , Fishguard, United Kingdom

So enthralling!

Reviewed on 19 February 2017 by , London, United Kingdom

Beautiful emotional story

This show was amazing and very well adapted from the book! The actors were very talented and portrayed the character with depth and authenticity. Poignant moments where we felt very emotionally lost in the story! Fantastic thank you !! Couple sat next to us were very distracting during key parts of the show but the ushers and managers delt with them very well! Ushers and the security were very helpful and welcoming attitude

Reviewed on 18 February 2017 by , Lewes, United Kingdom

Must See!!

Loved it soo much,coming back on 17th

Reviewed on 10 February 2017 by , London, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 10 February 2017 by , Poole, United Kingdom

Great production!

Reviewed on 07 February 2017 by , Kennington, United Kingdom

stunning and poignant production

A superb if challenging production even more relevant now than ever before.A wonderful book brought to life in a beautiful event

Reviewed on 05 February 2017 by , West Ewell, United Kingdom

Must see

Reviewed on 02 February 2017 by , Worthing, United Kingdom

The Kite Runner

Performance was true to book (which I have read many times!) Brilliant! My friend, who has not read the book, accompanied me and thought it was fantastic, too.

Reviewed on 01 February 2017 by , Northolt, United Kingdom

Absolutely amazing!

Reviewed on 30 January 2017 by , London, United Kingdom

Made me cry

It was absolutely amazing. I haven't enjoyed anything as much for a long time. My daughter and I didn't stop raving about the show all the way home. Acting was supberb. Just loved it...

Reviewed on 29 January 2017 by , London, United Kingdom

A must see.

Reading the story in advance would help but the story presentation on stage is clear enough if you haven't read the book.

Reviewed on 27 January 2017 by , London, United Kingdom

Simply brilliant

I couldn't help but stand at the end. The acting was excellent and the way the play has been written for the stage from the book has been done brilliantly. I absolutely loved reading the book so it was great to enjoy it all over again on the stage. It's a moving story for those who have or haven't read the book, it's a must see!!

Reviewed on 27 January 2017 by , Kent, United Kingdom


The Kite Runner is my favourite book and this adaptation didn't let me fiwn at all. Powerful performances from all the actors.

Reviewed on 22 January 2017 by , London, United Kingdom

Must See, but be ready to shed some tears!!

Incredible story, touched the soul. Great performances.

Reviewed on 15 January 2017 by , Hatfield, United Kingdom

Very powerful and emotional

Had read the book and seen the play so was sceptical about theatre production but I was pleasantly surprised. Had me captured from start to end

Reviewed on 07 January 2017 by , Wembley, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 03 January 2017 by , London, United Kingdom

Lessons to be learned.

In today's climate of terrerisom and civil war the message of honesty, care and loyalty manifested in this production should give us the message to employ these qualities towards one another.Because this play is very much a current issue I thought it excellent reason for thought and therefore a must see.

Reviewed on 03 January 2017 by , Hounslow, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 03 January 2017 by , Bondi Beach, Australia

Didn't live up to expectation

Lacking in dramatic impact. Thoughtfully told but a little laboured. Ok rather than good.

Reviewed on 28 December 2016 by , Hertford, United Kingdom

The actors are very good esp with the different accents

Reviewed on 25 December 2016 by , Singapore, Singapore

22 Jun
Justin Murray

Review: THE KITE RUNNER at the Playhouse Theatre

by Justin Murray | Thursday, June 22 2017, 10:14

The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini’s 2003 novel The Kite Runner has proved one of the runaway hit books of the 21st century, and has since featured everywhere from Hollywood films to exam syllabuses. This simple, at times limited production originated in Nottingham Playhouse, before transferring to the West End’s Playhouse Theatre in June.

Review: THE KITE RUNNER at the Playhouse Theatre
04 May
Phil Willmott

The West End’s Kite Flies On

by Phil Willmott | Thursday, May 4 2017, 10:05

The Kite Runner I didn’t see the recent West End production of The Kite Runner at the Wyndhams Theatre so I'm delighted to hear that not only is it to be revived at The Playhouse Theatre from 8th June but advance booking are so good that it’s extending its run there until 26th August.

The West End’s Kite Flies On
20 Jan
Andrew Bewley

Review: THE KITE RUNNER, Wyndhams Theatre

by Andrew Bewley | Friday, January 20 2017, 09:36

The Kite Runner Based on the best-selling novel by Khaled Hasseini, this Nottingham Playhouse production of The Kite Runner comes 13 years after the original book and 9 years after the film-adaptation — both of which were huge successes in their own right. Hasseini’s extraordinary, darkly beautiful, shocking story is one that should be enjoyed with as little pre-tense as possible so it’s important to speak sparingly about the plot.

Review: THE KITE RUNNER, Wyndhams Theatre