Announcing the European premiere of The Kite Runner

Sunday 16th December 2012

At our spring 2013 season launch last week, we were excited to announce news of The Kite Runner’s European premiere, which opens with us in April.

The Kite Runner, which came out in 2003 and has since been published in 70 countries, has been adapted for the stage by award-winning playwright Matthew Spangler, with input from Hosseini himself. Echoing the author’s childhood, the novel follows the story of a boy growing up in 1970s Afghanistan.

Artistic director Giles Croft spoke of his excitement about bringing the best selling novel to the stage. He added that The Kite Runner is a story about the immigrant experience, ‘something that is central to the development of our own culture and is lived by many, day-to-day in British cities like Nottingham and Liverpool.’ He described the production as ‘an honest, imaginative and theatrical adaptation of such a timeless story of hope and redemption’.

Author Khaled Hosseini spoke to the BBC, The Observer and The Guardian about the first British stage adaptation of his best-selling novel. In a climate affected by the recent Afghan war, Hosseini said: ‘It is easy to forget that the Afghans are a people with a complex and rich culture, with their own story to tell, and that story won’t stop, or cease to be relevant when our troops come home.’

Photo above: Afghan musician Yusuf Mahmoud and his brother, performing at our season launch.

Further reading

BBC article

Guardian article
Observer article

Booking

To book tickets for The Kite Runner call our box office on 0115 941 9419 or book via our website

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