THE KITE RUNNER

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Tuesday 20th – Saturday 24th February, The Hawth Crawley

The Kite Runner’s incredible stage success continues to soar to new heights!

Following two acclaimed West End seasons, when it played to over 100,000 people and received standing ovations at every performance, this unforgettable theatrical tour-de-force will now tour to 16 cities and towns across the UK and Ireland in 2018, including The Hawth Crawley from Tuesday 20th – Saturday 24th February.

Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international best-selling novel, this haunting and powerful story has been adapted into a stunning stage production. 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 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 or Amir can foresee the terrible incident which will shatter their lives forever…

The Kite Runner, published in 2003, was Khaled Hosseini’s first novel. It became an instant bestseller across the globe and has since been published in 70 countries, selling 31.5 million copies in 60 languages. The Kite Runner is adapted by Matthew Spangler and directed by Giles Croft. It is produced by Martin Dodd for UK Productions and Derek Nicol & Paul Walden for Flying Entertainment. It was originally produced by Nottingham Playhouse and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse.

The cast features:

Raj Ghatak in the central role as the show’s narrator, Amir. Raj played Sweetie in Bombay Dreams in the West End and was nominated Best Actor and Best Supporting Performance in a Musical. He recently played Miss Meena in Miss Meena and the Masala Queens (UK tour), Sandra Bollock in the world premiere of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Sheffield Crucible), The Low Road, TheSpiral/Rough Cuts, Shades, Unheard Voices, Free Outgoing (all Royal Court), Soho Sinders (Soho Theatre). His TV credits include: Tom Hardy’s Taboo, Dead Set (BAFTA winner), The 7.39 (BAFTA nominated).

Jo Ben Ayed (as Hassan), Gary Pillai (Baba), Sorosh Lavasin (Assef), Ravi Aujla (General Taheri), Amiera Darwish (Soraya), Oliver Gyani, Rez Kabir, Umar Pasha, Jay Sajji, Karl Seth (Rahim Khan), Danielle Woodnutt.

Hanif Khan playing live music onstage throughout the production.

Hanif Khan is a professional tabla player and teacher. He has performed both nationwide and internationally at major music festivals and events. He has worked with some of the leading exponents of Indian classical music such as: Hariprasad Chaurasia, Rajan and Sajan Mishra, Ronu Majumdar, Nishat Khan, amongst others. Audiences have included Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Sir Paul McCartney.

Matthew Spangler (Stage Adaptation)

Matthew Spangler is a playwright, director, and professor based in the San Francisco Bay Area other plays include one- person shows of James Joyce’s Dubliners and Finnegan’s Wake; A Paradise It Seems, an adaptation of John Cheever’s short stories; Mozart!, a musical theatre adaptation of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s letters; as well as stage adaptations of John Steinbeck’s fiction; Ernest Hemingway’s short stories; Thomas Wolfe’s The Lost Boy; Clyde Edgerton’s Where Trouble

Sleeps; and T.C. Boyle’s Tortilla Curtain (recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award).

Khaled Hosseini (Author)

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 bloody 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. He completed his residency at Cedars-Sinai medical center in Los Angeles and was a practicing internist between 1996 and 2004. In March 2001, while practicing medicine, Hosseini began writing his first novel, The Kite Runner. Published by Bloomsbury in 2003, that debut went on to become an international bestseller and beloved classic, sold in at least 70 countries and spending more than 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. In May 2007, his second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, remaining in that spot for 15 weeks and nearly an entire year on the bestseller list. Together, the two books have sold more than 10 million copies in the United States and more than 38 million copies worldwide. The Kite Runner was adapted into a graphic novel of the same name in 2011. Hosseini’s much-awaited third novel, And the Mountain Echoed, was published in 2013. In 2006, Hosseini was named a Goodwill Envoy to UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency. Inspired by a trip he made to Afghanistan with the UNHCR, he later established The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a501(c)(3) nonprofit, which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. He lives in Northern California.

Giles Croft (Director)

In 1985 Giles was appointed as Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre, London. In 1989 Giles joined the National Theatre as Literary Manager and in 1995 took up the post of Artistic Director of the Palace Theatre, Watford. Giles became Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse in 1999 where he has directed more than 50 productions. His most recent include: The Glass Menagerie; Any Means Necessary; Tony’s Last Tape; Forever Young; Arcadia; The Second Minute; Charlie Peace: His

Amazing Life And Astounding Legend. His critically acclaimed production of The Kite Runner recently played the West End (twice at Wyndham’s Theatre and the Playhouse Theatre) and is now embarking on a national tour. In 2016, Giles announced he would be stepping down from his role at Nottingham Playhouse after November 2017. His final production as Artistic Director was The Cherry Orchard.Giles is also a playwright and his work has been produced widely in the UK and Europe.

Earlier this year his latest play Channeling Jabez was produced in Scotland.

The Kite Runner runs at The Hawth from Tuesday 20th – Saturday 24th February 7.30pm

and Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm.

Tickets are available from The Hawth Box Office on 01293 553636 and www.hawth.co.uk.

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