West End and Broadway hit The Kite Runner returns to Liverpool 

Bringing Khaled Hosseini’s internationally bestselling novel to life, The Kite Runner direct from its acclaimed Broadway season is set to make a triumphant return to the Liverpool Playhouse from Tuesday, 23 April, to Saturday, 27 April.

Originally produced by Nottingham Playhouse and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, The Kite Runner first captivated Liverpool audiences in 2013 and returned as part of a UK tour in 2018.

It garnered rave reviews and deeply moved audiences with its outstanding and unforgettable performances. Following its local success, the play went on to have hit seasons in both the West End and on Broadway.

The cast of The Kite Runner features Stuart Vincent (The Kite Runner, UK tour; The Play That Goes Wrong, West End) in the role of Amir. Amir’s best friend, Hassan, and later his son Sohrab, are portrayed by Yazdan Qafouri (The Lord of The Rings and Othello, both The Watermill Theatre; The Band, West End).

Daphne Kouma (The Beekeeper of Aleppo, Liverpool Playhouse and A Christmas Carol, West End) plays Soraya, Amir’s wife and Aram Mardourian (The Beekeeper of Aleppo, Liverpool Playhouse/UK Tour; The Night of the Iguana, The Ustinov Theatre) as Kamal.

Several actors are making a return appearance in this production of The Kite Runner, including Dean Rehman (Idle They Yammer, The Other Room) brings to life the character of Baba, Amir’s father and Bhavin Bhatt (The Kite Runner, West End which saw him named Best Newcomer at the Asian Media Awards) who plays the antagonist Assef.

Along with Tiran Aakel (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Liverpool Playhouse; The Jungle, West End) take on the roles of Ali and Farid, with Ian Abeysekera (Twelfth Night, RSC; Enemy of the People, Tara Arts) appearing as General Taheri.

Stanton Wright (Everyman Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto Sleeping Beauty, Liverpool Everyman; Twelfth Night, RSC) as Wali, while Christopher Glover (Oliver!, Leeds Playhouse; The Card, New Vic) as Rahim Khan. The ensemble includes Amar Aggoun and Sulin Hasso, along with Hanif Khan, the Tabla player.

Mark Da Vanzo, CEO for the Everyman & Playhouse Theatres said, “We’re excited to welcome back The Kite Runner, a successful hit from the West End and Broadway, to the Liverpool Playhouse.

“This great stage version of Khaled Hosseini’s international bestseller, first co-produced with Nottingham Playhouse and UK Productions for its 2013 and 2018 runs, was followed by the highly acclaimed The Beekeeper of Aleppo.

“The Kite Runner tells a powerful and touching story about friendship spans cultures and continents. It’s about a man’s deep journey to face his past and seek redemption. This story will keep you engaged from the beginning to the end, and we hope you’ll join us once again for a memorable theatrical journey.”

The Kite Runner is adapted by Matthew Spangler (The Beekeeper of Aleppo, Liverpool Playhouse) and directed by Giles Croft (The Kite Runner 2013 and The Price, both Liverpool Playhouse; Tony’s Last Tape, Liverpool Everyman). Now, this powerful and moving story of friendship, betrayal, and redemption is returning to Liverpool Playhouse from Tuesday 23 April to Saturday 27 April 2024. Tickets price from £11 – £41 are available at The Kite Runner | Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse theatres

Image: Barry Rivett for Hotshot Photography 

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