Nottingham production set for Broadway debut

Nottingham Playhouse

In a theatrical coup for the city, Nottingham Playhouse’s hit show, The Kite Runner is to open on Broadway this Summer.

The production, which was originally created for the Nottingham Playhouse stage, received its UK premiere in 2013 and was directed by Giles Croft, the then artistic director of the theatre. Playing to over 20,000 people in Nottingham between 2013 and 2017, it has since enjoyed a runaway success across the UK where it has been performed to sell-out audiences on multiple tours and had two seasons in London’s West End where it played to over 100,000 people.

The Nottingham Playhouse production will transfer to the Helen Hayes Theatre in New York in June.

Described by the Daily Telegraph as “an enthralling tale beautifully told” The Kite Runner is based on Khaled Hosseini’s internationally best-selling novel, directed by Croft and adapted by Matthew Spangler. Originally produced by Nottingham Playhouse and The Everyman Liverpool, the show will begin its run on Broadway on July 6, with the opening night on July 21, and it will run through to October 30.

Nottingham Playhouse chief executive Stephanie Sirr said: “We’re just delighted that one of our most popular, Made in Nottingham, productions is finally being seen on Broadway. It is a testament to many years work.”

On Broadway, The Kite Runner is being produced by Victoria Lang, Ryan Bogner and Tracey McFarland of Broadway & Beyond Theatricals and Jayne Baron Sherman in association with UK Productions Ltd and Flying Entertainment Ltd/Kilimanjaro Ltd. Daryl Roth is the executive producer.

Originally published in 2003, The Kite Runner became a bestseller across the globe and has since been published in 70 countries, selling 31.5 million copies in 60 languages. Now this powerful story has been adapted into a stunning stage production.