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Barber Shop Chronicles


Barber Shop Chronicles
A Fuel, National Theatre and West Yorkshire
Playhouse co-production
Written by Inua Ellams

African men find community—and grooming—across two continents in this life-affirming blockbuster from the UK’s top theater.

On Stage Seating:
Get close to the drama—for less! $30 on-stage seating is available for all performances ($25 for ages 12-18).

The Moore Theater




“Joyous. Brilliantly acted. Life-affirming. Go.” The Independent

This touring blockbuster from the UK’s top theater zips between London and four African cities to capture the barber shop as place for African men to gather and talk—with some grooming on the side. With a punchy, truth-telling script by Nigerian-born poet/playwright Inua Ellams, the barbers and their customers joke, squabble, tell tall tales and (of course) discuss soccer—all the while raising profound issues of migration, race, masculinity and fatherhood. The 12 bustling actors use bursts of song, chant and movement to transition from one country and character to another.

Contains adult language.


Funded in part by the Wetzel Family Fund for the Arts.

Co-commissioned by Fuel and the National Theatre. Development funded by Arts Council England with the support of Fuel, National Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Binks Trust, British Council ZA, Òran Mór and A Play, a Pie and a Pint. This event was made possible by support from the British Council.