The Kite Runner


‘a seriously good piece of storytelling’

‘a fighting kite that will come up winning’

‘an enthralling tale beautifully told’

Giles Croft’s production of Khaled Hosseini’s award-winning novel The Kite Runner returns to London, following an acclaimed run at Wyndham’s Theatre. Flying into the Playhouse Theatre for a second West End run, the award-winning stage production originally premiered in 2013 at Nottingham Playhouse, before embarking on a successful UK tour.

Adapted for the stage by Matthew Spangler, The Kite Runner is the pertinent tale of childhood friends Hassan and Amir, who are ripped apart as a violent war engulfs Afghanistan. When the pair attend a kite flying tournament, a horrifying incident shatters their lives forever, bringing in to question their inseparable friendship.

A heart-wrenching, gritty tale that remains startlingly relevant today, The Kite Runner has had international success, becoming an A-Level studied text and selling over 31.5 million texts across the world. In 2007, the story was adapted into an award-winning film, before later becoming an award-winning play. A powerful story of human emotion, the importance of family and the detrimental effects of war, The Kite Runner plays a limited season at the Playhouse Theatre.

Cast and Creative

The Kite Runner is adapted for the stage by Matthew Spangler, from Khaled Hosseini’s award-winning novel. Previous Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse, Giles Croft, directs.

Casting includes David Ahmad as Amir, Andrei Costin as Hassan/Sohrab, Emilio Doorgasingh as Baba, Karl Seth as Rahim Khan/Dr Schneider/Omar Faisil, Lisa Zahra as Soraya/Mrs Nguyen, Umar Pasha as Kamal/Zaman, Ezra Faroque Khan as Ali/Farid, Ravi Aujla as General Taheri/Raymond Andrews and Bhavin Bhatt as Asseff, alongside Oliver Gyani, Hanif Khan, Jay Sajjid and Danielle Woodnutt.

Show Lengths and Times

The Kite Runner plays at the Playhouse Theatre London for a limited season, from June 8th to August 26th 2017. Performances are at 7:30pm every day, excluding Sundays, with matinees on Thursday and Saturday at 2:30pm.

Show running time is 2 hours and 40 minutes, including an interval.

Suitable for Children?

The Kite Runner contains unsettling scenes and is recommended for ages 14 and up.



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Have you seen The Kite Runner? If so please share your thoughts in the comments section below!


  1. The best show I have ever seen! So dramatic and full of emotions, really great piece! It really touched me, and I left the show in tears. Great story, great performance! I would definitely
    see it again!

  2. Saw ‘Kite Runner’ last night – superb!!! I have at other shows stood for a standing ovation but this truly did deserve this. Before I went I had read the book, seen the film and wonder how it would be mastered for stage – have no fear this has been achieved. Congrats to all those involved in this production.

  3. We saw the matinee performance of The Kite Runner on 29/6 and enjoyed it so much. The acting was superb and the transition from book to the stage was excellent. It was a very emotional performance, brilliantly achieved by the wonderful cast, especially the actor who played Amir. Thank you to all involved

  4. Just seen the kite runner 27/7/17 matinee performance. Read the book many years ago, but wondered how they would portray as a play. absolutely fabulous. Need to find out the name of the main actor who played Amir. Superb. Best play I have ever seen.

  5. Saw The Kite Runner last night! A Birthday treat for me. Love the book,the film and now the show!. Stunning performances by especially David Ahmed and Andrei Cost in. So moving and very powerful. Had to give the whole cast a standing ovation at the end!

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