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Full casting announced for the first leg of Inua Ellams’ Barber Shop Chronicles UK tour

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for the first leg of Inua Ellams’ Barber Shop Chronicles UK tour.

Maynard Eziashi, Mohammed Mansaray, Anthony Ofoegbu, Jo Servi and David Webber continue in their roles following the hugely successful tours of Australia, New Zealand, the United States of America and Canada.

Michael Balogun, Tobi Bamtefa, Adé Dee Haastrup, Emmanuel Ighodaro, Demmy Ladipo, Rudolphe Mdlongwa, and Elander Moore join the production which opens at the Royal Exchange, Manchester, in partnership with Contact, on March 7, 2019.

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. These are places where the banter can be barbed and the truth is always telling.

Directed by Bijan Sheibani and designed by Rae Smith, Barber Shop Chronicles is a heart-warming, hilarious and insightful new play that leaps from a barber shop in Peckham to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, and Accra over the course of a single day.

Barber Shop Chronicles is a Fuel, National Theatre and Leeds Playhouse co-production.

Following the Manchester dates, the tour will visit Leicester, Bristol, Sheffield, Roundhouse, London (July 18 to August 24), Leeds, Oxford and Southampton, with further venues to be announced.

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Image: Cyril Nri as Emmanuel and Kwami Odoom as Ethan in Barber Shop Chronicles at the National Theatre. Photo credit: Marc Brenner.