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Barber Shop Chronicles

A co-production with Fuel & West Yorkshire Playhouse

a new play by Inua Ellams

20 November 2017 to 9 January 2018
Running Time: about 1 hour 45 minutes, no interval.

Barber Shop Chronicles

This dynamic new play leaps from a barber shop in Peckham to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos and Accra.

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. These are places where the banter can be barbed and the truth is always telling.

Following critically acclaimed seasons at the National Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse, Barber Shop Chronicles returned to the National Theatre from November 2017.

 

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Co-commissioned by Fuel and the National Theatre. Development funded by Arts Council England with the support of Fuel, National Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Binks Trust, British Council ZA, Òran Mór and A Play, a Pie and a Pint.

     

      West Yorkshire Playhouse

5 star rating

Joyous. Brilliantly acted. Life-affirming. Go.

Independent
5 star rating

Rich and exhilarating. A fascinating peek into the barber shop.

The Stage
4 star rating

Throbs with energy and heat. Full of sadness and great joy.

Daily Telegraph
4 star rating

This wonderful new play is a revelation.

The Times
4 star rating

Exuberant. Invigorating. First-rate acting. A debating chamber where you shed your locks but regain your identity.

Guardian
4 star rating

Funny, fast, thoughtful, moving. An absolute cracker.

Financial Times
4 star rating

Vivid and energetic. Take a seat at a revolutionary barber’s shop.'

Evening Standard
4 star rating

Warmth, wisdom and global reach.

Sunday Times
4 star rating

Remarkable. Terrific. A cut above the rest.

Observer
4 star rating

Sharp-edged. Hugely fun.

Time Out
4 star rating

Energetic. Rousing. Authentic.

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Barber Shop Chronicles | Audience Reactions

What do audiences think of Barber Shop Chronicles, our new play by Inua Ellams?

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Barber Shop Chronicles | In the rehearsal room

See into the rehearsal room and hear from the actors about the music and movement in the production.

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Barber Shop Chronicles | Improv Scene

The Barber Shop Chronicles company improvise a scene about a quite literally age-old question: is the earth flat or round?

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Barber Shop Chronicles | Question Time: Part Two

The second of two chats with the Barber Shop Chronicles cast inside the barber shop that inspired the production.

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Barber Shop Chronicles | What's it all about?

We sat down with playwright Inua Ellams, and some of the actors, during rehearsals to hear their thoughts on Barber Shop Chronicles.

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Barber Shop Chronicles | Question Time: Part One

The first of two chats with the Barber Shop Chronicles cast inside the barber shop that inspired the production.

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Barber Shop Production Gallery

Barber Shop Chronicles | Cyril Nri at Peter's barber shop

Barber Shop writer Inua Ellams and cast member Cyril Nri have the same barber, Peter. Conversations in his shop inspired the play, so here he is doing what barbers do best: cutting hair and having a chat.

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Barber Shop Chronicles Rehearsal Gallery

Cast

Production team

Barbershop artwork photography by Dean Chalkley

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