Critically acclaimed The Kite Runner soars again in the West End!
“To sum up, The Kite Runner is a fantastic way to start the new theatrical year and has set an extremely high standard that other shows opening in 2017 will find hard to reach. Excellent writing combined with a fantastic interpretation under Director Giles Croft will ensure that only the most cold-hearted person will not shed a tear or two by the end. As I joined the ovation at the curtain call, I thanked my stars that I had been privileged enough to see this show and witness part of Amir’s story.”
Review by Terry Eastham – LondonTheatre1.com
Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international best-selling novel, this powerful story has been adapted into a stunning new 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.
Having captivated over 60,000 people at Wyndham’s Theatre and mesmerized audiences across the country, this unforgettable production will be flying high at the Playhouse Theatre for a strictly limited season from 7 June.
Derren Brown Underground
Derren Brown: Underground hits the West End for a strictly limited 35 performances only!
The multi-award winning master of mind-control and psychological illusion, Derren Brown, returns to London following his sell-out run earlier this year. Bringing together a collection of the very best of his previous stage work, Derren Brown: Underground promises a spell-binding experience of magical genius and epic showmanship.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see Derren perform some of his favourite work live on stage.
Book now as tickets will sell fast…
Running time: TBC
Age guidance: Not suitable for under 12s
From 11th September for 35 performances
The PLAYHOUSE THEATRE
The Royal Avenue Theatre had its first production on the 11th March 1882 with a revival of Offenbach’s Madame Favart. The prefix “Royal” was very soon dropped from the theatre’s name. Comic operas, burlesques and similar shows remained the main source of entertainment for several years. For much of this time, Arthur Roberts, a very popular star of music halls led the company at the Avenue Theatre.
In the early 1890s the emphasis of productions changed to drama and in 1894 Miss Horniman, the tea heiress, later a pioneer of the repertory movement, anonymously sponsored actress Florence Farr in a season of plays. Unfortunately, the first production wasn’t successful, however Miss Farr persuaded her friend, George Bernard Shaw, to complete his play, Arms and the Man, as a quick replacement which resulted in his first West End production.
It was enough to convince him to drop his music critique in favour of play writing. The theatre re-opened as The Playhouse Theatre on 28th January 1907 with a one-act play called The Drums of Oudh together with a play called Toddles, by Tristan Bernard and Andre Godferneaux. Since that time the Playhouse has hosted the likes of W S Gilbert, legendary actress-manager Gladys Cooper, the BBC, The Almeida Theatre Company, The Peter Hall Company, and Janet McTeer. In January 2003, Maidstone Productions took over the ownership of the Theatre.
Maidstone Productions, owned by London and Broadway producers Ted and Norman Tulchin, has been behind a number of hit productions on both sides of the Atlantic. In March 2003, the Ambassador Theatre Group took over the ownership of the Playhouse Theatre.