Story added: 10:00am Thu Apr 25, 2013
Friendship that stands test of time
Friday 26th April, 2013 - Nottingham Playhouse
By Dawn Bond
The European premiere of Khaled Hosseini’s book, The Kite Runner, adapted by Matthew Spangler, takes place at Nottingham Playhouse from tomorrow until May 18.
Directed by Giles Croft, it is presented by the Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse.
The Kite Runner, which first hit bookshelves in 2003, was Hosseini’s first novel. It became an instant bestseller across the globe and has since been published in 70 countries.
It tells the story of Amir, a young boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, whose closest friend is Hassan, his father’s young Hazara servant.
The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of Afghanistan’s monarchy through the Soviet invasion, the exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime.
It charts a friendship that spans cultures and continents and follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption.
The ensemble cast is led by Ben Turner (Jay Faldren in BBC’s Casualty) and Farshid Rokey (Family Tree) while their tormentor, Assef, is portrayed by Nicholas Karimi (War Horse).
They are joined by Antony Bunsee, Emilio Doorgasingh, Nicholas Khan, David Ahmad, Ezra Khan, Waleed Akhtar, and Lisa Zahra.
Tabla player Hanif Khan will providing a unique musical accompaniment to the play.
Giles, the Playhouse’s artistic director, said: “I found reading The Kite Runner an immensely powerful experience, and so I was delighted to discover Matthew Spangler’s honest, imaginative and theatrical adaptation of such a timeless story of hope and redemption.
“The Kite Runner is truly a story of our time, and bringing its vivid and haunting mix of betrayal and personal salvation to the British stage for the first time is a thrilling prospect.”
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