Casting and Dates Announced For The US Tour Of Inua Ellam's BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES

Casting and venue information was announced today for the US tour of Inua Ellams' celebrated play Barber Shop Chronicles. The full cast is:

Wallace / Timothy / Mohammed / Tinashe Tuwaine Barrett
Tanaka / Fiifi Elliot Edusah
Musa / Andile / Mensah Maynard Eziashi
Ethan Alhaji Fofana
Samuel Bayo Gbadomsi
Winston / Shoni Solomon Israel
Tokunbo / Paul / Simphiwe Patrice Naiambana
Emmanuel Anthony Ofoegbu
Kwame / Fabrice / Brian Kenneth Omole
Olawale / Wole / Kwabena / Simon Ekow Quartey
Elnathan / Benjamin / Dwain Jo Servi
Abram / Ohene / Sizwe David Webber

The runaway success of Inua Ellams' highly acclaimed play Barber Shop Chronicles continues with the tour of the United States and Canada this autumn. Full touring dates are now on sale, with the production visiting Gammage Theatre at Arizona State University, CAP UCLA at Freud Playhouse, Zellerbach Hall at Cal Performances at University of Berkeley California, The Moore Theatre in Seattle, Roble Studio Theater at Stanford University, The Grand Theatre in London Canada, Kennedy Center in Washington, the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA and The Moore Theatre at Dartmouth College Hanover. Full listings information is below.

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 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.

Kate McGrath, Director of Fuel, and Inua Ellams met in 2008, after Kate saw what became Inua's first theatre show, The 14th Tale, at BAC. Fuel helped Inua develop his debut play and produced it, premiering it at the Edinburgh Festival, winning a Fringe First, touring it in the UK and internationally and presenting it at the National Theatre. Since that first meeting, Fuel has worked closely with Inua, producing Untitled, Knight Watch, Long Song Goodbye, Black T-shirt Collection, The Spalding Suite, An Evening with an Immigrant, and Barber Shop Chronicles. Fuel is also currently co-producing Inua's latest play, The Half God of Rainfall with Kiln Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

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

Co-commissioned by Fuel and the National Theatre. Development funded by Arts Council England with the support of Fuel, National Theatre, Leeds Playhouse, The Binks Trust, British Council ZA, Òran Mór and A Play, a Pie and a Pint. The tour to the US and Canada has been made possible with support from the British Council.

Dates:

Gammage Theatre at Arizona State University,
October 13th 2018
https://www.asugammage.com/

CAP UCLA at Freud Playhouse,
October 18th - 20th 2018
https://cap.ucla.edu/calendar/details/barber_shop_chronicles_3

Zellerbach Hall at Cal Performances at the University of Berkley California,
October 26th - 28th 2018
http://calperformances.org/performances/2018-19/theater/barber-shop-chronicles-a-fuel-national-theatre-and-west-yorkshire-playhouse.php

The Moore Theatre in Seattle,
November 1st - 3rd 2018
https://www.stgpresents.org/tickets/eventdetail/4143/-/barber-shop-chronicles

Roble Studio Theater at Stanford University,
November 8th - 10th 2018
https://live.stanford.edu/calendar/november-2018/barber-shop-chronicles

The Grand Theatre in London Canada,
November 15th - 24th 2018
https://www.grandtheatre.com/event/barber-shop-chronicles

Kennedy Center in Washington,
November 28th - December 1st 2018
http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/XTWSH

American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA,
December 5th 2018 - January 5th 2019
https://americanrepertorytheater.org/shows-events/barber-shop-chronicles/

The Moore Theatre at Dartmouth College Hanover, New Hampshire,
January 17th - 19th 2019
https://hop.dartmouth.edu/online/national-theatre-barber-shop-chronicles

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