THE European premiere of The Kite Runner will take place at the Liverpool Playhouse next summer as part of the theatre’s packed new season programme announced today.
The Williamson Square venue will co-produce the theatrical version of Khaled Hosseini’s 2003 international bestseller with Nottingham Playhouse.
Adapted for stage by Matthew Spangler, it was first produced by The San Jose Repertory in 2009, where it received five San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Awards.
The epic tale of Shakespearian proportions about two young boys from Kabul, which was made into a film in 2007, will arrive in Liverpool in June.
Other highlights of the spring/summer 2013 season include the premiere of Peter Nichols’s fast-paced black comedy A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, directed by Rose Theatre, Kingston artistic director Stephen Unwin.
A modern classic of British theatre, it focusses on love and the pain of a young couple raising a disabled child. The play will move to London after its Liverpool run.
Playhouse artistic director Gemma Bodinetz said: “This season includes a rich variety of premieres that will see our productions reach many audiences around the country as well as at home in Liverpool.
“We are tremendously excited about our collaborations with English Touring Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse and the Rose Theatre on some brave and courageous new work on the Playhouse main stage.”