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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).

Enrichment Events
Free events before each performance explore the play’s themes and artistry. See all of the events below

Join the Discussion
What ways do you relate Barber Shop Chronicles to your life or those of people you are close to? Join the discussion below

The Moore Theater

The Top of the Hop Bar will be open
prior to each show. Bring your ticket
for $1 off any drink.




“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.


Download Playbill: Barber Shop Chronicles


Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Artworks, with additional funding 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.

Enrichment Events

All events are free and open to the public.

Opening Night Pre-Show Event and Panel Discussion
Thu • Jan 17 • 5:30–7 pm
Top of the Hop • Free

This celebration includes art and performance by Dartmouth students as well as a panel discussion on creating community on and off campus when hailing from other cultures. Student and staff panelists to include Ramatoulie Gassama, Vincent Wilson, Sandile Dube, and Ijeoma Nwuke, moderated by AAAS Professor Derrick White.

Panel Discussion: Building Community Through Arts and Culture
Fri • Jan 18 • 7–8 pm
Top of the Hop • Free

This wide-ranging discussion among members of the Upper Valley community will be moderated by the Tucker Center’s Khalil Abdullah and will include Brian Cook, Board Chair of JAG Productions, Charles Mhlauri, Director of Coaching from Lightning Soccer, and others.

Post-Show Q&A
Fri • Jan 18
The Moore Theater

AAAS professor Clifford Campbell leads a discussion with members of the Barber Shop Chronicles acting company

Pre-Show Discussion with Assistant Director Stella Odunlami
Sat • Jan 19 • 7–7:45 pm
Top of the Hop • Free

A conversation between Barber Shop Chronicles assistant director Stella Odunlami and African & African-American Studies professor Clifford Campbell offering context for the show and its themes.


Join the Discussion

In an interview in the Valley News, Barber Shop Chronicles cast member Jo Servi said audiences relate the show to their own lives in diverse ways. “After one of the shows in L.A., I had a couple come up to me, one from Lebanon (the country) and one from the Dominican Republic. They saw their own experiences as members of a diaspora represented in a play.”

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“Barber Shop Chronicles”: 1-2, photos by Tim Trumble; 3–5, photos by Ryan Hartford