The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel The Kite Runner has been adapted for stage; the new show will open in the West End in December.

Described as a tale of friendship, betrayal and redemption, The Kite Runner will open at Wyndham’s Theatre on 21st December and run for a limited 12-week season until 11th March.


The Kite Runner is set in Afghanistan, a divided country on the verge of war.

The lives of two childhood friends are about to be torn apart; Amir, a young boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, and his closest friend Hassan, his father’s young Hazara servant.

Audiences will watch a kite flying tournament on a beautiful afternoon, and observe the consequences of a terrible incident that shatters the lives of Hassan and Amir.

The tale is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of Afghanistan’s monarchy through the Soviet invasion, the exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime.

The cast is headed by Ben Turner, best known for playing staff nurse Jay Faldren for three years in BBC1’s Casualty.

Turner said: “There’s something almost Shakespearian about this story, the things it deals with are so big. We all make mistakes, we can all look back and think I shouldn’t have done that. This story embodies that. On stage, the story can’t help but suck an audience in. You can hear a pin drop and weeping in the audience. People are obviously deeply affected by it.”

Booking information 

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