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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.


Barber Shop Chronicles

Writer Inua Ellams and the original cast from the National Theatre production of Barber Shop tell us why a trip to Barber can be about more than just a haircut.

Dates, Times & Prices

23 October - 9 November 2019

£10 PREVIEW, 7.30pm
Wednesday 23 October
Preview tickets on sale from 23 September

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

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

Running time: to be confirmed during rehearsals


Saturday 2 November, 2pm
Touch Tour at 12.45pm

Wednesday 6 November, 7.30pm

Thursday 7 November, 7.30pm
Touch Tour at 6.15pm

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Creative Learning Events

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


“Exuberant. A debating chamber where you shed your locks but gain your identity”
The Guardian

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

“Throbs with energy and heat”
Daily Telegraph