Critically acclaimed THE KITE RUNNER announces West End extension
The Kite Runner’s second West End season of the year at the Playhouse Theatre is being extended by a month to 26 August 2017.
After winning rave reviews at Wyndham’s Theatre, receiving standing ovations at every show and captivating an audience of 60,000 theatregoers earlier this year, The Kite Runner announced that it would fly again in the West End in a strictly limited 8-week season at the Playhouse Theatre from 8 June. Today producers announce a month-long extension to the end of August. Tickets are now on sale for the extra dates to Saturday 26 August.
Emilio Doorgasingh, who is returning to the show in the pivotal role of Baba, has been nominated Best Actor of the Year in the annual Eastern Eye Arts Culture & Theatre Awards for The Kite Runner’s West End premiere at Wyndham’s Theatre. The winners will be announced on May 21 at a ceremony in London.
Emilio is returning to the show at the Playhouse Theatre together with Andrei Costin as Hassan, David Ahmad, who now plays the show’s narrator, Amir, Lisa Zahra, Ezra Khan, Bhavin Bhatt and Tabla musician Hanif Khan. New to the West End cast are Ravi Aujla, Umar Pasha Jay Sajjid and Karl Seth.
A major 11-venue UK tour will follow the West End season. The Kite Runner will open at Nottingham Playhouse (31 Aug – 9 Sept) then visit Glasgow Theatre Royal (11 – 16 Sept), Leeds West Yorkshire Playhouse (19 – 23 Sept), Cambridge Arts Theatre (25 – 30 September), Salford Lowry (3 – 7 Oct) , Edinburgh King’s Theatre (9 – 14 Oct), Sheffield Lyceum (17 – 21 Oct), Cheltenham Everyman (30 Oct – 4 Nov), Bath (6 – 11 Nov), Brighton Theatre Royal (14 – 18 Nov), Exeter Northcott Theatre (21- 25 Nov).
Further 2018 tour dates will be announced soon.
Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international best-selling novel, this haunting and powerful story has been adapted into a stunning stage production. A haunting tale of friendship which spans cultures and continents, it follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption. 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…
The Kite Runner, published in 2003, was Khaled Hosseini’s first novel. It became an instant bestseller across the globe and has since been published in 70 countries, selling 31.5 million copies in 60 languages.
The Kite Runner plays at the Playhouse Theatre 8 June – 26 August 2017. Buy tickets
Photo: Robert Workman