Following two acclaimed West End seasons, The Kite Runner visits the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 6th to Saturday 11th November as part of a major UK tour. Epic, exhilarating and accompanied by evocative and virtuosic live drumming on stage with tabla played by musician Hanif Khan, this is a faithful adaptation of a true modern classic.
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.
This unforgettable theatrical tour-de-force, based on Khaled Hosseini’s international best-selling novel, tells a haunting tale of friendship which spans cultures and continents and follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption.
The company is led by David Ahmad, who has won universal praise as the show’s narrator, Amir; and award-winning Emilio Doorgasingh, in the pivotal role of Baba, who was named Best Actor of the Year in Eastern Eye’s Arts Culture & Theatre Awards for The Kite Runner’s West End premiere. The role of Hassan is played by Jo Ben Ayed, who also appears as Sohrab.
The cast also features Ravi Aujla as General Taheri and Raymond Andrews; Bhavin Bhatt as Assef; Ameira Darwish as Soraya and Mrs Nguyen; Ezra Faroque Khan as Ali and Farid; Umar Pasha as Kamal and Zaman; Jay Sajjid as Wali and Doctor; Karl Seth as Rahim Khan, Dr Schneider and Omar Faisil; and in the ensemble Oliver Gyani and Danielle Woodnutt.
Published in 2003, The Kite Runner was Khaled Hosseini’s first novel. It became an instant bestseller across the globe and has since been published in seventy countries, selling more than thirty-one million copies, in sixty languages.
Matthew Spangler, who has adapted The Kite Runner for the stage, is a playwright, director, and professor based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His other plays include Mozart!, a musical theatre adaptation of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s letters; adaptations of James Joyce’s Dubliners and Finnegan’s Wake; A Paradise It Seems, an adaptation of John Cheever’s short stories; as well as stage adaptations of John Steinbeck’s fiction; Ernest Hemingway’s short stories; and T.C. Boyle’s Tortilla Curtain, which was the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award.
Writer Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965. His father was a diplomat in the Afghan Foreign Ministry and his mother taught Farsi and History at a high school in Kabul. In 1976, the Foreign Ministry relocated the Hosseini family to Paris. They were ready to return to Kabul in 1980, but by then their homeland had witnessed a violent communist coup and the invasion of the Soviet Army. The Hosseinis sought and were granted political asylum in the United States, and in September 1980 moved to San Jose, California. Hosseini graduated from high school in 1984 and enrolled at Santa Clara University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology in 1988. The following year he entered the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, where he earned a medical degree in 1993. In 2001, while practicing medicine, Hosseini began writing his first novel, The Kite Runner. Published by Bloomsbury in 2003, his debut went on to become an international bestseller and beloved classic, spending over a hundred weeks on the New York Times’ Bestseller List. In 2007, his second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, debuted at number one on the New York Times’ Bestseller List, remaining in the top spot for fifteen weeks and spending nearly an entire year on the Bestseller List.
The Kite Runner appears at the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 6th to Saturday 11th November. Tickets are on sale at the Theatre Royal Box Office on 01225 448844 and online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk