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Inua Ellam’s Barber Shop Chronicles to tour the UK

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The National Theatre’s production of Barber Shop Chronicles has announced a UK tour.

Inua Ellam’s play, which leaps between barber shops in Peckham, Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos and Accra, begins the tour at Manchester’s Royal Exchange on March 7, 2019.

It is to visit Leicester, Scarborough, Bristol, Sheffield, Leeds, Oxford and Southampton, where it is booking until November 17, with further dates to be announced.

The tour follows two runs at the National Theatre, performances at Leeds Playhouse and a tour of Australia and New Zealand. The production also has an upcoming tour of America and Canada.

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

Fuel has formed a national partnership to support the tour with Leeds Playhouse, Birmingham Rep, Bristol Old Vic and the Royal Exchange Theatre and Contact in Manchester, and the tour is supported with a grant from Arts Council England.

Fuel artistic director Kate McGrath said: “We are hugely proud of this joyous and soulful production of Inua’s important and life-affirming play.

“We are particularly excited, given Fuel’s deep and longstanding dedication to national touring, to be working in partnership with a really strong range of venues and partners across the UK to bring this show to the widest possible audience around the country.”

Casting is to be announced.

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

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