Barber Shop Chronicles, Manchester, TotalNtertainment, Theatre, Leeds

Barber Shop Chronicles kicks off its tour in Manchester

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.

Fuel have today announced the cast for the UK tour of Inua Ellams’ critically acclaimed BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES. Returning to the stage by popular demand the UK tour opens at the Royal Exchange Theatre in partnership with Contact and runs from 7 – 23 March.

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.

Directed by Bijan Sheibani and designed by Rae Smith, BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES is a heart warming, hilarious and insightful new play with music that leaps from a barber shop in Peckham to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, and Accra over the course of a single day.


Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, in partnership with Contact
7 – 23 March 2019