- Venue: Courtyard Theatre
- Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes (no interval)
- Age Guidance: 12+
More Information on Barber Shop Chronicles
One day. Six cities. A thousand stories.
Following two sell-out runs at the National Theatre and a world tour, Inua Ellams’ acclaimed Barber Shop Chronicles returns to Leeds Playhouse this November.
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-winner Bijan Sheibani (The Brothers Size) and designed by Olivier, Tony and OBIE award-winner 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.
Co-commissioned by Fuel and the National Theatre. Development funded by Arts Council England with the support of Fuel, National Theatre Studio, Leeds Playhouse, The Binks Trust, British Council ZA, Oran Mor and A Play, a Pie and a Pint.
‘Funny, fast, thoughtful, moving. An absolute cracker’
★★★★ Financial Times
‘Remarkable. A cut above the rest’
A FUEL, NATIONAL THEATRE AND LEEDS PLAYHOUSE CO-PRODUCTION
Cast & Credits
Writer Inua Ellams / Director Bijan Sheibani / Designer Rae Smith / Lighting Designer Jack Knowles / Movement Director Aline David / Sound Designer Gareth Fry / Musical Director Michael Henry / Associate Director Lekan Lawal / Assistant Choreographer Kwami Odoom / Casting Director Louis Hammond CDG / Associate Designer Catherine Morgan / Costume Supervisor Lydia Crimp /
A Fuel, National Theatre and Leeds Playhouse co-production
“ Funny, fast, thoughtful, moving. An absolute cracker”
“ Remarkable. A cut above the rest”
“ Throbs with energy and heat”
“ Exuberant. A debating chamber where you shed your locks but regain your identity”
“ Vivid and energetic. Take a seat at a revolutionary barber’s shop”
“ Warmth, wisdom and global reach”
“ Hugely fun”
A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.Audio Described
Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.Relaxed Performance
A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.Dementia-Friendly Performance
A relaxed performance with adaptations to technical aspects of the show, flexible seating options and a relaxed attitude to audience responses and movement in the auditorium. In our front of house space we will have a quiet room, clearer visual markers and signage, and additional staff and volunteers trained to sensitively and respectfully welcome people living with dementia and their supporters to this show.Sing Along
Sing along with the cast in this exclusive performance. Lyrics will be on screen, so you can join in as loud as you like. Open to all, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.Post Show Discussion
Parent & Baby Performance
A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.
*A transaction fee of £2.50 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.
- - Captioned
- - Signed
- - Audio Description
- - Relaxed Performance
- - Dementia Friendly Performance
- - Post Show Discussion
- - Sing Along
- - Parent & Baby Performance