Wyndham's Theatre Charing Cross Road, London
Public Previews: 21 December 2016
Opens: 10 January 2017
Closes: 11 March 2017
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Nearest Tube: Leicester Square
Monday at 7.30pm
Tuesday at 7.30pm
Wednesday at 7.30pm
Thursday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Friday at 7.30pm
Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Sunday no shows
Mon 26 Dec no shows
Wed 28 Dec at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Sat 31 Dec at 2.30pm only
Tue 10 Jan at 7.00pm only
Runs ? hours and ? minutes
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Premium Seats Also Available
(plus booking fees if applicable)
Giles Croft's stage production of Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner in London, adapted by Matthew Spangler
A haunting tale of friendship that spans both cultures and continents as it follows one manís journey to confront his past and find redemption.
Afghanistan - a divided country on the verge of war. But for childhood friends, Amir and Hassan, itís a beautiful afternoon in Kabul. The skies are full of the excitement and joy of a kite-flying tournament. But neither boy can foresee what will happen that afternoon - an event that is to shatter both their lives. Their experiences as they grow up reflect the country's tumultuous history, through the Soviet invasion and the rise of the Taliban.
The cast features Ben Turner as 'Amir'. Adapted for the stage by Matthew Spangler from Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel, The Kite Runner. Directed by Giles Croft. PLEASE NOTE: The age recommendation for this production is 14 and over.
When seen on tour, Sarah Hemming in The Financial Times explained that "adapting the story for stage presents a challenge. Matthew Spangler's dramatisation, worked on with Hosseini's help and blessing, rightly seizes on the potent personal story at the heart of the novel: the tale of two boys, Amir and his father's servant Hassan, brought up as near brothers in the same house... Staged with great fluidity by Giles Croft on a simple evocative set," addding that "It's beautifully performed by a versatile ensemble, and what the staging does celebrate wonderfully is the crucial relationship at the heart of the story. Ben Turner's intense mix of anguish and self-loathing as Amir is both moving and painful." Patrick Marmion in The Daily Mail said that, in "Matthew Spanglerís luminous and touching adaptation of Khaled Hosseiniís 2003 bestseller... as the hero and narrator Amir, Ben Turner is outstanding." Lyn Gardner in The Guardian highlighted that "Matthew Spangler's adaptation is certainly faithful, but the first-person narrative sometimes makes for clumsiness in the theatre... It is gripping, but obvious... Always looks good, but never evokes real blood and guts. Ben Turner's Amir sometimes looks slightly pained, but seems remarkably untouched by unfolding events, and the actor is far more believable as the adult Amir than he is as the child." Sam Marlowe in The Times described how "Matthew Spangler's dramatisation tends towards the pedestrian, with an over-reliance on direct-address, first-person narration. And Giles Croft's production sometimes feels rushed and lacking in weight... Where it captures the book's soaring hope and compassion it is exhilarating... such is the force of the story that, despite the production's dips and eddies, it flies." Dominic Cavendish in The Daily Telegraph commented that director Giles Croft "has brought Khaled Hosseiniís best-selling 2003 novel to the stage Ė using an accomplished adaptation by Matthew Spangler Ė with terrific elan... Croft has a hit on his hands that deserves to travel the country." Ben Turner's "first-person narration never lets up, and frequently leaves the rest of the cast looking oddly mute. Turner valiantly forges forward, skilfully conveying the guilt that drips from Amir's pores, all the while retaining the air of an actor sprinting towards the finish line," wrote Fiona Sturges in The Independent. "The kite-flying episodes are staged simply and beautifully, using projections on billowing sheets, the whistling of wind and an ever-present tabla player. These are the scenes that stay with you, the kites soaring and diving as the characters tread a bumpy path towards redemption. It's here that The Kite Runner really flies."
Ben Turner's West End stage credits include David Lan's production of William Shakespeare's As You Like It with Helen McCrory and Sienna Miller at the Wyndham's Theatre in 2005.
"This is the stage version of the bestselling novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini featuring two boys - Amir and his best friend, the lowcaste Hassan - who happily fly kites in Seventies Kabul. Then disaster. The Soviets invade. Amir and his proud father flee to Pakistan, then to America, where their fellow exiles flog junk in a San Francisco flea market. Behind him, Amir leaves a privileged boyhood stained with guilt at the betrayal of his great chum Hassan. In Matthew Spangler's adaptation, Ben Turner, as Amir, narrates the story, and there's too much tell and not enough show. But a strong Asian company, directed by Giles Croft, imprints its own immigrant experience from outside the book on to the stage... If you loved the novel, then this, too, is utterly absorbing from start to finish." Robert Gore-Langton, The Mail on Sunday
The Kite Runner in London at the Wyndham's Theatre has public previews from 10 December 2016, opens on 10 January 2017 and closes on 11 March 2017