It’s always nice when a West End hit makes its journey north as it saves us hard-working Smoggies (Teessiders for those not in the know) the headache of having to make the perilous journey south (which we all know is far worse). It gives us a chance to not only see some really good theatre and musicals, but it also supports our local creative and arts scene which is always a plus.
The show in question this time around is The Kite Runner, a show that has had audiences enthralled since 2009. The smash-hit show is coming to the Theatre Royal in Newcastle this month and I certainly feel like this is a show you really shouldn’t miss.
The Kite Runner is a story of friendship above all else. Two boys enjoy their friendship and their youth together, unaware of the terrible event that is going to split them apart. Set in Afghanistan, the country is on the verge of war, and we will follow the tale of the two boys caught in the midst of a war in which they have no part.
The show originally premiered in 2009 at the San Jose Repertory Theatre in the USA. For me, this is a very significant piece of information. Why? Mainly, because I find that the distance that a show travels says a lot about its quality.
The Kite Runner is coming to Theatre Royal in Newcastle and will be showing between April 30th and May 5th. Tickets, priced from £14.50, are available from theatreroyal.co.uk.
Just to note: There are distressing scenes and scenes of a sexual nature in the show so it’s recommended that you keep that in mind when deciding who to bring. Given the mature nature of the show, I would certainly recommend leaving the kids at home.