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The Winter’s Tale –National Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptor:  Justin Audibert Director: Ruth Mary Johnson Reviewer: David Guest Young people know how to be hopeful and happy even when adults are acting childishly around them. That’s an oversimplification, but it’s certainly one of the themes explored in an enjoyable one hour version of The Winter’s Tale at the National Theatre. Kids aren’t bothered that it’s one ...

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The Kite Runner – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Matthew Spangler, from the book by Khaled Hosseini Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: John Kennedy ‘I came what I am today at the age of twelve on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975.’ Hassan, friend and family servant to narrator, Amir, was the best kite runner in Kabul. It was that day, through fear and cowardice Amir watched neighbourhood bully, Assef, ...

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The Kite Runner – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Khaled Hosseini Adapter: Matthew Spangler Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Charlie Senate After hours relentlessly watching the sky; drafting and looping his yellow-trimmed kite amongst numberless others; dodging and feinting, setting clever traps; yanking hard on the glass-laced kite string to cut an opponent’s kite free; his Baba, normally so disapproving, cheering him on—it has come down to this, the ...

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The Kite Runner – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: Matthew Spangler From the novel by: Khaled Hosseini Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner is a literary juggernaut, spending over two years in the New York Times best-seller list, spawning a 2007 film and this adaptation for the stage in the same year by playwright Matthew Spangler (inspired by a meeting with Hosseini a ...

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The Kite Runner – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Adapted by Matthew Spangler from the novel by Khaled Hosseini Music: Jonathan Girling Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Janet Jepson It’s often said that one small action or in this case, lack of action, can change the course of a life, and Amir in The Kite Runner certainly proves this pearl of wisdom. He crouches in the shadows as his best ...

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The Kite Runner – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Khaled Hosseini Adaptor: Matthew Spangler Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Stephanie Rowe [Rating:4.5] Khaled Hosseini’s novel gained massive critical acclaim upon it’s release, not only for its sheer honesty, but also because of the timely topics detailed within its pages, The Kite Runner is undeniably moving and epic in structure, it is filled with so many layers and detailed narrative ...

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The Kite Runner – Nottingham Playhouse

Writer: Matthew Spangler Music:Jonathan Girling Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Phil Lowe [Rating:5] From the internationally best selling novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini comes the play version by American writer, Matthew Spangler. This is the much anticipated European stage première at Nottingham Playhouse and is a Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse production directed by Giles Croft and given a stunning ...

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Margaret Catchpole – The Hush House, Bentwaters Park

Writer: Alastair Cording Director: Ivan Cutting Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4]   It sounds the stuff of some swashbuckling adventure novel. Tales of smugglers, horse theft, inter- gang rivalry, prison escape and a lucky escape from the hangman’s noose. Like all the best stories though, this one is true but with a twist as the felon here is a young woman. ...

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