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National Theatre at Home: Barber Shop Chronicles

A co-production with Fuel and Leeds Playhouse

by Inua Ellams

From 14 to 21 May 2020
Running Time: 1 hour 45 minutes, no interval.

5 star rating

Joyous. Brilliantly acted. Life-affirming.

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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National Theatre at Home: Barber Shop Chronicles

One day. Six cities. A thousand stories.

Following two sell-out runs at the National Theatre, a world tour, and a hugely successful summer residency at London's Roundhouse, Inua Ellams’ acclaimed Barber Shop Chronicles is now available to watch through National Theatre at Home.

Newsroom, political platform, local hotspot, 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.

Directed by Olivier award-winning director Bijan SheibaniBarber Shop Chronicles is a heart-warming, hilarious and insightful new play that leaps from a barber shop in Peckham to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos and Accra over the course of a single day.

This enhanced archive recording was captured by the National Theatre in January 2018 and features the original cast.

We’re all about experiencing theatre together.

At a time when many theatre fans around the world aren’t able to visit National Theatre Live venues or local theatres, we’re excited to bring you National Theatre at Home.

Barber Shop Chronicles streamed from 7pm UK time on 14 May, until 7pm on Thursday 21 May.

Some of the best British theatre was free to watch from the comfort of your living room, via YouTube, with each title available for one week.

Thank you to all the amazing artists who have allowed us to share Barber Shop Chronicles in this way, during a time when many theatre fans aren’t able to visit their local theatre. 

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

     

      Leeds Playhouse

 

Click here to support the Roundhouse, our partners on the 2019 London production of Barber Shop Chronicles.

Official Trailer | Barber Shop Chronicles | National Theatre at Home

‘Take a seat at a revolutionary barber’s shop.’ Evening Standard. Watch the trailer to see what audiences had to say about Inua Ellams’ smash-hit play, Barber Shop Chronicles.

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Barber Shop Chronicles | Rehearsal Room Diaries #1 | National Theatre at Home

One day. Six cities. A thousand stories. Head into the rehearsal room with the company of Barber Shop Chronicles.

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Barber Shop Chronicles | Rehearsal Room Diaries #2 | National Theatre at Home

One day. Six cities. A thousand stories. Head into the rehearsal room with the company of Barber Shop Chronicles.

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Barber Shop Chronicles | Vocal Transitions with Michael Henry | National Theatre

Musical Director Michael Henry assembles the cast of Barber Shop Chronicles to demonstrate the vocal techniques used in the National Theatre's 2017 production.

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Barbershop artwork photography by Dean Chalkley