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The Canterville Ghost – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Writers: Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell  from the novella by Oscar Wilde Director: Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell  Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Sir Simon de Canterville is having a hard time of it. Everyone wrongly believes he bludgeoned his beloved wife to death based on some flimsy evidence involving a bloodstained tablecloth. Even worse, he’s been dead for 300 years and unable ...

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The Three Musketeers – Williamson Park, Lancaster

Writer: Hattie Naylor Director: Sarah Punshon Reviewer: May Mellstrom The sun will certainly be shining on Williamson Park this summer; not only is it the perfect place to enjoy the rare heatwave but The Dukes' production of The Three Musketeers burns almost as brightly in what must surely be their most joyful park show yet.   Playwright Hattie Naylor adapts ...

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The Kite Runner – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Khaled Hosseini Adaptor: Matthew Spangler Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Alice Fowler Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner is a story about courage: the courage needed to fight off evil, speak the truth and, ultimately, atone for the errors of one’s past. At its heart is the friendship between two young Afghan boys, Amir (superbly played by Raj Ghatak) and Hassan ...

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The Kite Runner – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer: Khaled Hosseini Adapter: Matthew Spangler Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Lu Greer Khaled Hosseini’s debut novel The Kite Runner was a massive literary success as it tackled a multitude of complex issues including the complexities of family and friendship, love, politics, class, transnational immigration, and the struggle of the refugee. Told from the point of view of a grown Amir looking back ...

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Mother Courage and Her Children – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Bertold Brecht Director: Hannah Chissick Translator: Tony Kushner Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty   Immersing the audience in a wraparound war-camp setting from the time they enter the theatre door is highly effective - here though, it’s just another detail in a superbly thought through and well-executed play. There’s so much going on in each minute of this 185-minute play (a ...

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The Kite Runner – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Adapted by: Matthew Spangler Director: Giles Croft Adapter Matthew Spangler describes Khaled Hosseini’s novel, on which this play is based, as ‘a story about a father and son; a story about two best friends; a love story; a story about transnational immigration and refugees; a story about the relative peace in Afghanistan in the 1970s; global politics; class and ethnicity; ...

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The Kite Runner – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Khaled Hosseini Adaptor: Matthew Spangler Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Jo Beggs Khaled Hosseini’s first novel, published in 2003, was, for many, a shocking portrait of Afghanistan during the rise of the Taliban, that brought home the horrors of a country in deeply personal stories. A huge best-seller, it was later made into a film that gave Hosseini’s story a ...

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The Kite Runner – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Khaled Hosseini Adaptation: Matthew Spangler Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Just before the performance begins, the audience is greeted with percussion sounds of the taba and the atmospheric staging for The Kite Runner.   The play is based on Khaled Hosseini’s bestselling novel with adaptation from Matthew Spangler.  The Kite Runner had its world premiere in 2009 in the ...

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