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Barber Shop Chronicles

By Innua Ellams
Directed by Bijan Sheibani

“One day. Six cities. A thousand stories.”

Following two sell-out runs at the National Theatre in London and a world tour, Inua Ellams’ acclaimed Barber Shop Chronicles comes to The Lyceum this October.

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 Sheibani and designed by Rae Smith (War Horse), Barber 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.

Don’t miss this “joyous and life-affirming” (The Independent) smash-hit.


Barber Shop Chronicles is a co-production between Fuel, National Theatre of Great Britain and Leeds Playhouse.

Supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland. Production supported by Brenda Rennie.

Age guidance 12+

Cast and Credits


Emmanuel Ighodaro Tokunbo/Paul/Simphiwe
David Webber Abram/Ohene/Sizwe
Maynard Eziashi Musa/Andile/Mensah
Anthony Ofoegbu Emmanuel
Tom Moutchi Olawale/Kwame/Fabrice/Brian
Okorie Chukwu Elnathan
Eric Shango Tanaka/Fifi
Ade Dee Haastrup Wole/Kwabena/Simon
Micah Balfour Winston/Shoni
Demmy Ladipo Wallace/Timothy/Mohammed/Tinashe
Mohammed Mansaray Samuel
Elmi Rashid Elmi Ethan


Writer Inua Ellams
Director Bijan Sheibani
Designer Rae Smith
Lighting Designer Jack Knowles
Movement Director Aline David
Sound Designer Gareth Fry
Music Director Michael Henry
Associate Directors Lekan Lawal & Stella Odunlami
Tour Casting Director Louis Hammond CDG
Design Associate Catherine Morgan
Costume Supervisor Lydia Crimp
WHAM Supervisor Andrew Whiteoak
Fight Director Kev McCurdy
Barber Consultant Peter Atakpo
Company Voice Work Charmian Hoare
Dialect Coach Hazel Holder 


The Audience Reviews

Hear what our audiences have thought of Barber Shop Chronicles and why it's 'a must-see' this Autumn.

Dates, Times & Prices

23 October - 9 November 2019

EVENINGS, 7.30pm
Tuesday - Saturday
£16 - £33

MATINEES from 26 October, 2pm
Wednesday and Saturday
£14 - £29

Running time: 1hr 45 minutes, no interval


Saturday 2 November, 2pm
Touch Tour at 12.45pm

Wednesday 6 November, 7.30pm
Interpreters: Rachel Amey and Yvonne Waddell

Thursday 7 November, 7.30pm
Touch Tour at 6.15pm

Read The Lyceum's Access Statement here

Take Part

Free events tailored to the show

LYT Curtain Raiser
Friday 1 November

Talk Show
Monday 4 November

Post-Show Discussion
Tuesday 5 November


Press Coverage


"Joyous. Life affirming. Go!"
The Independent

"a masterpiece"
The Londonist

“Vibrant with life, hope, truth and humanity"
The Scotsman

"As sharp as a buzz-cut”
The Herald

“A cut above the rest - truly joyous"
Edinburgh Evening News

“Exuberant... an undeniably beautiful thing”
The Guardian

“leaves all audience members with a buzz”
The Skinny

“Funny, fast, thoughtful, moving. An absolute cracker”
Financial Times

“Throbs with energy and heat”
Daily Telegraph

“brilliantly vivid, funny, moving"
Time Out

"a vital play"
Sunday Times

"A must see show"
Arts Desk


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