Run to see this cast! The full company of The Kite Runner on Broadway has been set. Directed by Giles Croft, the stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's novel begins performances at the Hayes Theater July 6 ahead of a July 21 opening.
The Kite Runner
A stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's bestselling book The Kite Runner, which has played in the U.S. and London, debuts on Broadway for a limited engagement in summer 2022. The Kite Runner tickets will be available on New York Theatre Guide soon.
The Kite Runner play, like the novel, centers on a man named Amir, who grew up in Afghanistan. He and a boy named Hassan were childhood friends, finding fun and solace in each other and their shared love of kite-flying while Afghanistan is on the brink of war. On the otherwise joyful day of a kite-flying tournament, another boy attacks Hassan, believing Hassan's Hazara Afghan race is inferior to the Pashtun race he and Amir share. Amir witnesses the act, but is afraid to intervene, and their friendship breaks down.
Years later, Amir is living in America and has a successful writing career, but his home country is deep in the throes of war and Taliban control. He receives word that Hassan's son is in danger there, so he makes the risky decision to return to Afghanistan to save him, in an attempt at redeeming his past failures.
The Kite Runner novel, published in 2003, was Hosseini's first book. Though it was a modest success at first, the book soared in popularity in 2004 when it was printed in paperback and picked up by book clubs. The Kite Runner became a New York Times bestseller in March 2005 and remained one for two years, and seven million copies were sold as of 2013, when Hosseini published his third book. (His other works include A Thousand Splendid Suns and And the Mountains Echoed.)
Matthew Spangler's stage adaptation of The Kite Runner premiered in 2009, two years after a 2007 film adaptation of the book was released; the two are unrelated. The play premiered at California's San Jose Repertory Theatre in 2009 and, five years later, received its U.K. premiere at Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company in 2014. The Kite Runner played two engagements in the West End: one at the Wyndham's Theatre in 2016, and another at the Playhouse Theatre in 2017. Croft directed all the U.K. productions, and he returns to helm the Kite Runner Broadway premiere.
Tickets to The Kite Runner will be available soon.
The Kite Runner is a haunting tale of friendship spanning cultures and continents, that 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 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.
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The Kite Runner is taking flight across the pond! The stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s bestselling novel, which was last seen in London's West End in 2016 and 2017, will now debut on Broadway at the Hayes Theater. Performances begin July 6 ahead of a July 21 opening night, and the limited engagement of The Kite Runner will go through October 30.