The Kite Runner Headed to the Playhouse Theatre
Earlier in March audiences had to say goodbye to the popular production of The Kite Runner, which had been playing at the Wyndham’s Theatre since December, as the adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s acclaimed novel closed its doors. But there is good news for those that missed out on the production as this week it has been revealed that the show will be transferring to the Playhouse Theatre.
The latter venue is currently the home of An Inspector Calls, with David Baddiel’s My Family: Not The Sitcom replacing it until June. The Kite Runner will then get a brief window from early June to late July 2017.
The focus of The Kite Runner is on Amir who resides in Kabul, Afghanistan at the beginning of the show alongside his friend Hassan during a time of great turbulence. A life changing event takes place during a kite flying tournament as Amir grows up through many well known events that shaped Afghanistan’s legacy through the decades, with Amir battling his conscience in regards to a horrifying event close to him.
The story was originally told in Khaled Hosseini’s 2003 novel of the same name. It was the first novel from the renowned writer who went on to pen A Thousand Splendid Suns and And The Mountains Echoed, with The Kite Runner going on to form the basis of the 2007 film by Marc Forster.
This stage version first emerged in 2009, initially being staged in San Francisco before appearing in the UK in 2014. That production then transferred to the Wyndham’s Theatre last year ahead of the upcoming transfer to the Playhouse later this year.
It has been a popular story in all of its incarnations from the page to the screen to the stage, so its brief run at its new West End home is likely to attract a great deal of attention all over again.
The Kite Runner replaces An Inspector Calls and David Baddiel: My Family: Not The Sitcom when it runs at the West End’s Playhouse Theatre from Thursday 8th June 2017 to Saturday 29th July 2017.