Following critically acclaimed seasons at the National Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse, Inua Ellams’ dynamic new play Barber Shop Chronicles returns to the Southbank venue this November.

A mix of comedy, drama and intimacy, Barber Shop Chronicles features characters from across the globe as the action 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.

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.

Following a sell-out run of Barber Shop Chronicles at the National Theatre earlier in 2017, the autumn performances will see the same twelve actors returning to the production to reprise their roles, bringing to life their intertwining stories as they explore the topic of black masculinity: Fisayo Akinade, Hammed Animashaun, Peter Bankolé, Maynard Eziashi, Simon Manyonda, Patrice Naiambana, Cyril Nri, Kwami Odoom, Sule Rimi, Abdul Salis, David Webber, and Anthony Welsh. The play is directed by Bijan Sheibani.

Barber Shop Chronicles opens on 20 November and plays in repertoire until 9 January 2018.


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