Barber Shop Chronicles

13 November, 2019 - 16 November, 2019

  • wheelchair access
  • hearing enhancement
  • assistance dogs

A Fuel, National Theatre and Leeds Playhouse co-production 

Barber Shop Chronicles 

13 - 16 November NST Campus 

By Inua Ellams

Director Bijan Sheibani 

Post-show Q&A: 14 Nov

BSL Interpreted & Audio Described: 16 Nov 14.30 

One day. Six cities. A thousand stories.

For generations, African men have gathered in barber shops. Sometimes they have haircuts, sometimes they listen, more often than not they talk. Barber shops are confession boxes, political platforms, preacher-pulpits and football pitches... places to go for unofficial advice, and to keep in touch with the world.

Fuel has produced Inua Ellams’ work for theatre since his debut play nine years ago. Barber Shop Chronicles is a heart-warming, hilarious and insightful play, set in Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, Accra and London. The play invites the audience into a uniquely masculine environment where the banter may be barbed, but the truth always telling. The barbers of these tales are sages, role models and father figures, they are the glue that keeps men together.


"Joyous piece of theatre"



The Stage