The Kite Runner
Drama

Playhouse Theatre

The Kite Runner

08 Jun 2017 - 26 Aug 2017

£30.00 - £69.00

Pro reviewers rating
15 reviews

3.3 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

4.0 out of 5.0

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There is a way to be good again

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.

A haunting tale of friendship based on Hosseini's international best-selling novel.

Ages 14+

Another West End run for this popular show, with cast tbc

Playhouse Theatre [West End]

“Heartbreakingly good stage version... A spellbinding production... Played with warmth, intimacy and intensity.”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, Express)

“Spangler has admirably condensed Hosseini’s epic novel... Croft’s beautifully measured production does full justice to the play.”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“Arresting and vivid... Atmosphere and honest emotion radiate outwards: there is a kind of urgency about it.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Thoroughly shocking.. When he’s not attempting to be a young boy Turner is impressive. It’s a mammoth, ambiguous, intense role. ”

West End Whingers

“The narrative of unequal love and loyalty exerts its firm hold... A small cast bring a surprising amount of life to the stage.”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

“Low-key adaptation... favours a modestly minimal style... Spangler’s script is workmanlike... A drawn-out second half. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“A workmanlike summation of the book, but one that rarely captures its ability to glide seamlessly from the intimate to the epic.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Still casts a spell... I applaud once again the way Croft uses the barest theatrical means to transport us around the world.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“An efficient and emotional piece of storytelling... Almost thrillerishly paced, but also agreeably stripped back and restrained.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Rather plodding treatment... Very moving... Performed with a sturdy integrity and staged with impressive economy. ”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“At times you can almost hear the gears changing as the plot prepares for another assault on your tear ducts.”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“Transition from page to stage does the novel few favours... Although Turner is very good, his burden as narrator is too heavy.”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“An absorbing show because the story itself is unassailable... The script is like a kite that has got stuck in a tree.”

Kate Kellaway (Observer)

“The story is so big, so broad, so episodic, that the only way to cover the ground in two and half hours is at a racing gallop.”

Arts Desk (other reviewers)

“Oh, how I wanted this to soar.”

Ann Treneman (Times)

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