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By Inua Ellams. A Fuel, National Theatre and Leeds Playhouse co-production.

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. These are places where the banter can be barbed and the truth is always telling.

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.

fueltheatre.com

Joyous. Brilliantly acted. Life-affirming. Go

The Independent

Throbs with energy and heat

Daily Telegraph

Exuberant. A debating chamber where you shed your locks but regain your identity

The Guardian

Funny, fast, thoughtful, moving. An absolute cracker

Financial Times

Hugely fun

Time Out

Booking Info

Post Show Discussion – Tue 12 Mar (after 7.30pm show)
BSL Interpreted performance – Fri 15 Mar, 7.30pm
Relaxed performance – Tue 19 Mar, 2.30pm
Captioned performance – Fri 22 Mar, 7.30pm
Audio Described performance – Sat 23 Mar, 2.30pm

Thu 7 Mar – Mon 11 Mar available via Royal Exchange box office only.

This event takes place at Royal Exchange Theatre

Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, Manchester M2 7DH

Credits

Written by Inua Ellams.
Directed by Olivier award-winning director Bijan Sheibani.
Designed by Rae Smith (War Horse).

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.

Lead image credit: Dean Chalkley.
Original National Theatre Production images: Marc Brenner.

  • Price
    Various prices.
  • Venue

    Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, Manchester M2 7DH

  • Ages
    Over 12s.
  • Booking info

    If you or anyone in your party have any specific access requirements please contact the venue directly on 0161 833 9833.

  • Genre
Date Time
Tuesday 12 March 7:30pm Sold out
Wednesday 13 March 7:30pm Sold out
Thursday 14 March 2:30pm Sold out
Thursday 14 March 7:30pm Sold out
Friday 15 March 7:30pm Sold out
Saturday 16 March 2:30pm Sold out
Saturday 16 March 7:30pm Sold out
Monday 18 March 7:30pm Sold out
Tuesday 19 March
Accessible performance
2:30pm Sold out
Wednesday 20 March 7:30pm Sold out
Thursday 21 March 2:30pm Sold out
Thursday 21 March 7:30pm Sold out
Friday 22 March 7:30pm Sold out
Saturday 23 March 2:30pm Sold out
Saturday 23 March 7:30pm Sold out
  • Barber Shop Chronicles original National Theatre cast
  • Barber Shop Chronicles original National Theatre cast
  • Barber Shop Chronicles original National Theatre cast
  • Barber Shop Chronicles original National Theatre cast