National Theatre: Exclusive Rehearsal Pics- Barber Shop Chronicles A new play by Inua Ellams Previews from 30 May, in repertoire until 8 July

Barber Shop Chronicles rehearsing at the National Theatre REH-644 (c) Marc Brenner
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 Inua Ellams’ third play at the National, following the exhilarating. The 14th Tale and Black T-shirt Collection.
The cast includes Fisayo Akinade, Hammed Animashaun,Peter Bankole, Maynard Eziashi, Simon Manyonda, Patrice Naiambana, Cyril Nri, Kwami Odoom
Sule Rimi, Abdul Salis, David Webber and Anthony Welsh.
The production is designed by Rae Smith with lighting design by Jack Knowles, movement direction by Aline David and sound design by Gareth Fry. Directed by Bijan Sheibani.
Barber Shop Chronicles in rehearsal at the National Theatre REH-651 (c) Marc Brenner
images right from top left Barber Shop Chronicles in rehearsal at the National Theatre REH-651 (c) Marc Brenner
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