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Inua Ellams’ Barber Shop Chronicles, currently playing at the National's Dorfman Theatre until 8 July 2017, will return to the same venue in November of this year, it was announced today. Exact dates and casting information will be released in the coming months.
Newsroom, political platform, local hot-spot, confession box, preacher-pulpit and football stadium - for generations, African men have gathered in barber shops to discuss the world.
This dynamic new play journeys from a barber shop in London, to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos and Accra. These are places where the banter can be barbed and the truth is always telling.
Barber Shop Chronicles is a co-production between the National Theatre, Fuel and West Yorkshire Playhouse, where the production will also play a limited engagement from 12 to 29 July 2017.
Inua Ellams first came to prominence with The 14th Tale at Battersea Arts Centre. In 2008, he met Kate McGrath, Director of Fuel, who has produced a number of the writer's plays including Untitled, Knight Watch, Long Song Goodbye, Black T-shirt Collection, The Spalding Suite, and now Barber Shop Chronicles. In addition, McGrath is also producing Ellams' show An Evening with an Immigrant, which combines extracts from his plays with poems and stories which tell about his own life through the lens of immigration.
The creative team behind Barber Shop Chronicles also features set design by Rae Smith, lighting design by Jack Knowles, movement direction by Aline David and sound design by Gareth Fry.
Tickets for the current run are on sale now.