Kite Runner is ready to soar once again

The Kite Runner at Nottingham Playhouse''Photo by Robert Day

The Kite Runner at Nottingham Playhouse''Photo by Robert Day

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The Kite Runner returns to the stage at Nottingham Playhouse next week before setting out on a UK tour.

Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel and film, this haunting tale of friendship leaves a lasting impression on anyone it touches.

In 2013, Nottingham Playhouse and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse pulled off a theatrical coup and secured the rights to stage the European premiere of The Kite Runner.

The subsequent production was a theatrical tour de force and a massive hit with audiences.

Now, The Kite Runner embarks on a UK tour, beginning at Nottingham Playhouse from August 29 to September 6.

Nottingham Playhouse artistic director Giles Croft said: “I am delighted that following its success in Nottingham and Liverpool that the production will have a longer life.

“The power and relevance of The Kite Runner doesn’t diminish and I have no doubt that this will prove to be a timeless story.

He continued: “It seems to me that it has another profound connection to Britain; as we move towards a complete troop withdrawal from Afghanistan it is good, and important, to be reminded of the Afghans’ own stories and histories. We have inevitably become bound up in the tragedies and politics of this most recent Afghan war and the experiences of Western troops.

“It is easy to forget that the Afghans are a people with a complex and rich culture, with their own story to tell, and that story won’t stop, or cease to be relevant, when our troops come home.”

Ticket details to see this revival of The Kite Runner are available by calling the box office at Nottingham Playhouse on 0115 9419419.

Chart topping band Kaiser Chiefs have confirmed a UK headline tour in February, following a string of successful summer festival appearances.

They will be at Capital FM Arena Nottingham on Saturday, February 7.

The band opened Glastonbury 2014 before headlining the John Peel Stage and stormed Sunday at T in The Park, and were also on the bill for V Festival. The band will also join the Foo Fighters at the sold-out Invictus Games Closing Party on September 15, ahead of a US tour and a European tour in October.

Kaiser Chiefs burst onto the British scene in 2004 and produced a string of hit singles including number one Ruby.

They released their fifth album earlier this year and frontman Ricky Wilson has earned a whole new legion of fans for his appearances as one of the judges on the BBC1 show The Voice.

Tickets are priced at £31.36 (includes administration fee).

Tickets can be booked at www.capitalfmarena.com/online/kaiserchiefs, via 0843 373 3000 or in person at Ticketing & Customer Services, Bolero Square, The Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1LA.