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Kite Runner, The

Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel, this haunting tale of friendship which spans cultures and continents, follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption. Read more …

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 nor Amir can foresee the terrible incident which will shatter their lives forever.

The critical consensus

Emotive, informative and atmospheric, it gives a human face to a country that remains largely a mystery to the outside world. Well worth watching, but not an easy night at the theatre.

***(*)(*)Lauren Humphreys, The Reviews Hub, 12/09/2017

The Kite Runner isn't an easy watch but it is so worth it. While staying true to the novel it easily stands on its own two feet as a remarkable piece of theatre.

*****Natalie O'Donoghue, Broadway World, 12/09/2017

Uneven at times, but still retains many powerful moments from Khaled Hosseini story.

***(*)(*)Lorna Irvine, The List, 13/09/2017

All in all, The Kite Runner is a spell-binding adaptation of a particularly difficult book which sacrifices some of the meat on the storyline bones and simplifies a few characterisations, but loses none of the emotional power and punch. With a story this raw and affecting, that’s surely the main thing.

****(*)Jonny Sweet, The Wee Review, 10/10/2017

Like the falling prize kite, it is well worth catching.

****(*)Kenneth Scott, Edinburgh Guide, 10/10/2017

Where and when?

Theatre Royal, Glasgow from Monday September 11, 2017, until Saturday September 16, 2017. More info:

King's Theatre, Edinburgh from Monday October 9, 2017, until Saturday October 14, 2017. More info:

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