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The National Theatre At Home to show The Barber Shop Chronicles, about the tales of black men who gathered at barber shops, live

The smash-hit play the Barber Shop Chronicles will be screened for the first time as part of the National Theatre Live's lockdown schedule.

The never-before-seen archive recording of Inua Ellams’ play, a co-production with Fuel and Leeds Playhouse, was recorded in 2018 during its second sold-out run at the Dorfman Theatre, before touring to New York and London's Roundhouse, but as never been shown before.

Barber Shop Chronicles will be shown by the National Theatre At Home Picture: Marc Brenner
Barber Shop Chronicles will be shown by the National Theatre At Home Picture: Marc Brenner

Directed by Bijan Sheibani, the cast includes Fisayo Akinade, Hammed Animashaun, Cyril Nri and Sule Rimi.

The play tells the interwoven tales of black men from across the globe who, for generations, have gathered in barber shops where the banter can be barbed and the truth is always telling.

It will be shown on Thursday, May 14 on the National Theatre's YouTube at 7pm.

Sule Rimi (Elnathan) Picture: Marc Brennan
Sule Rimi (Elnathan) Picture: Marc Brennan

It is the latest in the programme which the theatre company has been screening while many stay at home, which have been streamed some 8m times, including Treasure Island and Benedict Cumberbatch in Frankenstein.

The schedule also includes the Tennessee Williams timeless masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire on Thursday, May 21 with Gillian Anderson as Blanche and This House by Quiz writer James Graham on Thursday, May 28.

All productions are available free and screened live at 7pm and will then be available on demand for seven days.

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