DIRECT from the West End, The Kite Runner is heading for the Grand Opera House, York, next month.

This imminent arrival has prompted staff members Emily Thane and Sam Rippon to give kite flying a go from a York rooftop overlooking York Minister.

Based on Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel, Matthew Spangler's stage adaptation presents a haunting tale of friendship that spans cultures and continents as it follows one man’s journey from the United States to Afghanistan to confront his past and find redemption.

The story's timeline begins with Afghanistan as a divided country on the verge of war, where two childhood friends are about to be torn apart. On a beautiful afternoon in Kabul, the skies are full of the excitement and joy of a kite flying tournament, but neither Hassan nor Amir can foresee the terrible incident that will shatter their lives forever.

Tickets for the May 8 to 12 run are on sale on 0844 871 3024 or at