NEWS: Full Cast and Extra Dates Confirmed for Barber Shop Chronicles

Returning to the National Theatre from the 20th November, full casting and extra dates have been confirmed for Bijan Sheibani’s production. 



Following on from the sell out run at the National Theatre the autumn performances of Inua Ellams’ play will see the same twelve actors returning to the production to reprise their roles for the new run of the production.

The cast includes: 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.

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 leaps 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.

Talking 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 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 production is directed by Bijan Sheibani, with design by Rae Smith, lighting design by Jack Knowles, movement direction by Aline David and sound design by Gareth Fry.

The Barber Shop Chronicles will play at the National Theatre from the 20th November until the 9th January 2018. For more information visit:


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