Kite Runner flies back into Nottingham Playhouse

Steve Orme

The Nottingham Playhouse production of The Kite Runner which has had two West End runs is to return to Nottingham with a new cast before going on a UK tour.

Playhouse chief executive Stephanie Sirr said, “The Kite Runner has played such a special role in the life of the theatre and the city. It was our best selling drama for many years and its national tour and two West End outings have taken the name of Nottingham and Nottingham Playhouse far and wide.”

Originally a co-production between Nottingham Playhouse and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, The Kite Runner is directed by Nottingham Playhouse artistic director Giles Croft.

He said, “when we first produced The Kite Runner in 2013 we couldn’t have imagined that it would go on to have such a long life. I’m delighted that the production will be returning to Nottingham Playhouse after two successful seasons in the West End before touring the UK for a second time.”

Based on Khaled Hosseini’s novel and adapted by Matthew Spangler, The Kite Runner is a “haunting” tale of friendship which spans cultures and continents. It follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption.

It is set in Afghanistan, a divided country on the verge of war. On a beautiful afternoon in Kabul, the skies are full of the excitement and joy of a kite-flying tournament. But neither Hassan nor Amir can foresee the terrible incident which will shatter their lives forever.

The Kite Runner is at Nottingham Playhouse from Thursday 31 August until Saturday 9 September.