Barber Shop Chronicles is selected for National Theatre At Home

Inua Ellam’s play Barber Shop Chronicles was a co-production with Leeds Playhouse and Fuel. It was captures at the National Theatre during its second sold-out run at the Dorfman theatre before going on tour internationally.

Now you can enjoy the show from the comfort of your own sofa, as it’s being streamed by the National Theatre on Thursday 14th May.

The show is part of National Theatre at Home; the new initiative to bring content to the public in their homes during the Coronavirus outbreak. The show is free, and will be available for seven days. It serves as a reminder that theatre will always be here for us, and will always act as a beacon of positivity in dark times.

Despite this being a trying time for all theatres, the National Theatre has, in agreement with Equity, committed to pay all artists and creatives involved with productions streamed as part of National Theatre at Home. What a staggeringly positive bit of news! Once again the theatre industry proves itself to be a supportive, community-focussed industry.

The play tells the interwoven stories of black men from across the world who, for generations, have gathered in barber shops to tell their tales. Directed by Bijan Sheibani the cast includes Fisayo Akinade, Hammed Animashaun, Cyril Nri and Sule Rimi.

Robin Hawkes, Executive Director of Leeds Playhouse said, “We’re really pleased that Barber Shop Chronicles, which we brought back to Leeds last year after it was a huge hit with audiences here at the Playhouse previously, is going to be one of the first partner theatre performances accessible to such a wide audience through NT at Home.”

Lisa Burger, Executive Director & Joint Chief Executive of National Theatre said, “I’m delighted that in this next collection of titles to be streamed as part of National Theatre at Home we are including productions from our NT Live partner theatres. When we launched National Theatre at Home last month, we wanted to offer audiences the opportunity to engage with theatre during this time of isolation while we were unable to welcome them to the South Bank or into cinemas. This initiative wouldn’t have been possible without the support of a great number of artists for which we are incredibly grateful. We have been absolutely thrilled by the response from viewers enjoying the productions from right across the globe, and we have also been surprised and delighted at the generous donations we’ve received since closure. Whilst the National Theatre continues to face a precarious financial future, we now feel able to make a payment to all artists involved, as we recognise a great many are also experiencing a particularly challenging time at this moment. While theatres across the world remain closed, we’re pleased that we can continue to bring the best of British theatre directly into people’s homes every Thursday evenings.”

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