Theatre Preview: The Kite Runner, Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

Image Source: Everyman & Playhouse Theatre
Image Source: Everyman & Playhouse Theatre

Written By: Mark Armstrong

The Kite Runner flies home to the Playhouse following West End success

The Liverpool Playhouse welcomes home its hugely successful co-production of The Kite Runner for five nights after a second West End run at London’s Wyndham Theatre.

Based on the bestselling novel by Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner is a powerful story of two friends Amir and Hassan, and it embarks on a UK tour this year.

The co-production with Nottingham Playhouse was adapted for the stage by playwright Matthew Spangler and is directed by Giles Croft. The production has received critical acclaim since its premiere in 2013.

A haunting tale of friendship which spans cultures and continents, it follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption.

Afghanistan is a divided country on the verge of war and two childhood friends Hassan and Amir are about to be torn apart. On a beautiful afternoon in Kabul, 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.

Narrating through the voice of central character Amir is Raj Ghatak. He is joined by Jo Ben Ayed playing the role of Amir’s friend Hassan.

Gary Pillai (Baba), Sorosh Lavasin (Assef), Ravi Aujla (General Taheri), Amiera Darwish (Soraya) (Ali), Oliver Gyani, Rez Kabir, Umar Pasha, Jay Sajji, Karl Seth (Rahim Khan) and Danielle Woodnutt complete the casting for the 2018 tour.

The production of The Kite Runner features live music by Hanif Khan. An international artist, Hanif is a professional tabla player – a traditional percussion instrument used in the Middle East that provides the soundtrack for the show.

The Kite Runner visits the Playhouse from Tuesday February 27 to Saturday March 3. Tickets are available at or by calling the Everyman & Playhouse Box Office on 0151 709 4776.