The Royal Exchange Theatre and Contact present a co-production between Fuel, the National Theatre and Leeds Playhouse

Barber Shop Chronicles

  • Written by Inua Ellams. Directed by Bijan Sheibani
  • 7 March 2019 - 23 March 2019
  • The Theatre
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One day. Six cities. A thousand stories.

For generations, African men have gathered in barber shops. Sometimes they have haircuts, sometimes they listen, more often than not they talk. Barber shops are confession boxes, political platforms, preacher-pulpits and football pitches... places to go for unofficial advice, and to keep in touch with the world.

Fuel has produced Inua Ellams’ work for theatre since his debut play nine years ago. Barber Shop Chronicles is a heart-warming, hilarious and insightful play, set in Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, Accra and London. The play invites the audience into a uniquely masculine environment where the banter may be barbed, but the truth always telling.

The barbers of these tales are sages, role models and father figures, they are the glue that keeps men together.

★★★★'This wonderful new play is a revelation' The Times (National Theatre 2017)

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.

  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Theatre

    PERFORMANCE DATES: Thursday 7 March - Saturday 23 March 2019

    PERFORMANCE TIMES: Matinees, 2.30pm / Evenings, 7.30pm
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    TICKET INFORMATION: Standard Tickets from £18.50
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    AGE RECOMMENDATION: 12+

    RUNNING TIME: 1 hours and 45 minutes, no interval.

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    Groups Priority Booking: 10am, Wednesday 14 November. Book via phone on 0161 833 0483 or email group.bookings@royalexchange.co.uk

    Schools Priority Booking: 10am, Friday 16 November. Book via phone on 0161 833 9833 or email schools@royalexchange.co.uk

    Public Booking: 10am, Tuesday 20 November. Book Online or call the Box Office on 0161 833 9833 

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  • Creative Team
  • WRITER Inua Ellams

    DIRECTOR Bijan Sheibani

    DESIGNER Rae Smith

    SOUND DESIGNER Gareth Fry

    LIGHTING DESIGNER Jack Knowles

    CHOREOGRAPHER Aline David

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  • MEMBERS Q&A
    Join the cast of BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES in a Q&A

    Thursday 14 March, 12.30pm - 1.30pm 
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    POST-SHOW DISCUSSION 
    Tuesday 12 March, following 7.30pm show. 
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    THEATRE CLUB
    Like an informal, friendly book club, but for plays
    Saturday 23 March, 5.00pm - 7.30pm 
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    INTRODUCING...
    Pre-show introduction to the play, led from the stage and featuring company members.
    Thursday 21 March, 10.30am - 12 noon. Tickets £6 / Concessions £4
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  • Accessible Performances
  • AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE: Saturday 23 March, 2.30pm BOOK TICKETS

    BSL PERFORMANCE: Friday 15 March 27, 7.30pm BOOK TICKETS

    CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE: Friday 22 March, 7.30pm BOOK TICKETS

    RELAXED PERFORMANCE: Tuesday 19 March, 2.30pm BOOK TICKETS

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