The Kite Runner at Wyndham's Theatre tickets
The Kite Runner at Wyndham's Theatre tickets

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About the show

The Kite Runner is the powerful and haunting tale of friendship which crosses the boundaries of both cultures and countries. This stunning new stage play based on Khaled Hosseini’s acclaimed original novel began performances at Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End on 21st December 2016.

The Kite Runner tells the tale of one’s man journey to face up to his past and find redemption, in a touching and powerful story of friendship, overshadowed by a web of guilt and betrayal.

Set in Afghanistan at a time where the country is divided and on the brink of war, The Kite Runner focuses on two childhood friends who are ripped apart. On a delightful day in Kabul, where the air is full of excitement and happiness during a kite flying tournament, neither Hassan or Amir can predict the horrible series of events that will destroy their lives forever.

The production had already mesmerised and delighted audiences across the country receiving high critical acclaim, before coming to London for a strictly limited run at Wyndham’s Theatre.

The production was adapted by American playwright Matthew Spangler, whose previous productions Albatross and Tortilla Curtain received great critical praise, including winning three Elliot Norton Awards.

The Kite Runner is based on the original book written by Khaled Hosseini, an award winning writer born in Kabul in Afghanistan. The book was first released in 2003, where in the first two years it sold over a million copies, steadily increasing in popularity and becoming a New York Times best seller in March 2005 and maintaining its place on the list for over two years.

Four years after its original publication, The Kite Runner was adapted into a film starring Khalid Abdalla, Homayoun Ershadi and Ahmad Khan Mamoodzada. The movie was directed by Marc Forster and won a range of awards, as well as being nominated for Academy and BAFTA awards.

British-Iranian actor Ben Turner returned to star in the play. Turner is best known for his work on both stage and screen, including his long running role in the BBC TV series Casualty as well as film work such as 300: Rise of an Empire and Adulthood.

Joining Turner is Emilio Doorgasingh as Baba, Nicholas Khan as Rahim Khan, Lisa Zahra as Soraya, David Ahmad as Kamal, Ezra Khan as Ali, Nicholas Karimi as Assef and Antony Bunsee as General Taheri.

This new production was a beautiful and poignant retelling of a story that has touched people around the world in its various incarnations and was not to be missed. The Kite Runner began performances at Wyndham’s Theatre on 21st December 2016 and ran until 11th March 2017.

Recommended for

Fans of Khaled Hosseini’s novels, including the A Thousand Splendid Suns, And The Mountains Echoed and of course The Kite Runner should not miss the opportunity to see his most popular story performed in a breath-taking new production, which adds new depths to the moving story.

Age Recommendations: Recommended ages 14+ contains strong language and adult themes.

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes (including interval)
Opened: 21 Dec 2016
Press night: 10 Jan 2017
Booking from: 12 Mar 2017
Booking until: 13 Mar 2017

Location and map

Wyndham's Theatre
Charing Cross Rd
London, WC2H 0DA

32 Reviews Add review

Amazing performance from everyone in this very good adaptation of the book, if it was to come back to London I would see it again.

susanclements 5ft 3, 78 reviews, 1 helpful vote

maheshgami 112 reviews, 2 helpful votes

This show was incredible and I loved every minute. The story is touching and hard hitting and the performance by all was simply breathtaking.... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 6 helpful votes

Really enjoyed this show. Superb acting and I really enjoyed how the story was told through narration as well as clever stagecraft... More

samlloyd 6"0, 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Beautiful show - very emotional. The staging/costumes/actors truly transport you to a another place.

imogenbrady 5"3, 23 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I've not yet gotten round to reading the book, but I could tell that the plot is unbelievably compelling. The play nicely develops... More

clemonylemony 5"8.5, 54 reviews, 1 helpful vote

What an amazing production. I was moved from start to finish and at just under three hours, the time completely flew by. The staging... More

joc78 5"4, 435 reviews, 7 helpful votes

The Kite Runner is a moving and powerful play telling the story of an Afghan whose childhood decisions haunt him throughout his later... More

shaun 5"10, 81 reviews, 6 helpful votes

Wasn't sure what to expect at first but this play really does get you. Amazing acting from cast! Would totally recommend.

samshonk 5"7, 286 reviews, 7 helpful votes