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Barber Shop Chronicles

A co-production with Fuel & West Yorkshire Playhouse

a new play by Inua Ellams

Opens 30 May
Running Time: tbc

Barber Shop Chronicles

One day. Six cities. A thousand stories.

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 new play leaps 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.

Barber Shop Chronicles is Inua Ellams’ third play at the National, following the exhilarating The 14th Tale and Black T-shirt Collection.


Also playing at West Yorkshire Playhouse 12 – 29 July (link opens in a new window)


Talks and events

In Depth – Working as a Producer Fri 19 May, 10.30am – 4.30pm

In Context – Spoken Word and Monologues in Black Theatre Sat 10 June

Inua Ellams on Barber Shop Chronicles Mon 19 June, 6.30pm

Men and Mental Health Tue 20 June, 6pm


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.


The Dorfman Partner
The Dorfman Partner: Neptune Investment Management     




Production team

Ticket prices and Access performances

Mon – Thu evenings & all matinees
£35, £30, £25, £15
Fri & Sat evening
£40, £35, £25, £18
Ways to save:
Previews 30 May & 31 May
£30, £25, £20, £15


Access performances
Captioned performances, for deaf or hard-of-hearing people:
Thursday 22 June,  2pm
Thursday 6 July, 8pm

Audio-described performances, for blind and visually imparied people:
Friday 7 July,  8pm
Saturday 8 July 2pm (Touch Tour 12.45pm)

Photography by Dean Chalkley

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