What’s On In November: Inua Ellams’ Barber Shop Chronicles to return to the Dorfman Theatre this Autumn

Following the sell out run at the National Theatre in summer, extra dates have now been added for the return of Inua Ellams’ play Barber Shop Chronicles to the Dorfman this autumn, now opening on 20 November and in repertoire until the 9 January.

The autumn performances will see the same twelve actors returning to the production to reprise their roles; Fisayo Akinade,Hammed AnimashaunPeter BankoléMaynard EziashiSimon ManyondaPatrice NaiambanaCyril NriKwami OdoomSule RimiAbdul SalisDavid Webber, and Anthony Welsh.

Ellams’ dynamic play 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.


Speaking about the play’s return to the National Theatre Inua Ellams said ‘I’m delighted to see Barber Shop Chronicles returning to the Dorfman Theatre this autumn. Bijan’s production perfectly captures the mixture of

The Barber Shop Chronicles. Photo credit: Marc Brenner

comedy, intimacy and drama of the different characters from around the globe, bringing to life their intertwining stories as they explore the topic of black masculinity. To have the same cast returning for the autumn is really exciting, they brought so much energy and enthusiasm to the play in the summer, I can’t wait to work with the whole team again.’

The play is directed by Bijan Sheibani, with design by Rae Smith, lighting design by Jack Knowles, movement direction byAline David and sound design by Gareth Fry.

Barber Shop Chronicles is co-commissioned by Fuel and the National Theatre.  Development funded by Arts Council England with the support of Fuel, National Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Binks Trust, British Council ZA, Òran Mór and A Play, a Pie and a Pint.

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