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Inua Ellams’ BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES opens at the National Theatre, Dorfman

Inua Ellams’ brand new play, Barber Shop Chronicles directed by Bijan Sheibani opens at the National Theatre, Dorfman, 30th May to 8th July in a co-production with Fuel and West Yorkshire Playhouse.

The run then transfers to West Yorkshire Playhouse from 12th – 29th July.

Barber Shop Chronicles is Inua Ellams’ third play at the National, following the exhilarating The 14th Tale and Black T-shirt Collection.


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.

This dynamic new play leaps from a barber shop in London to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos and Accra. These are places where the banter can be barbed and the truth is always telling.


Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is a cross art form practitioner, poet, playwright and performer. His previous works include Untitled (Soho Theatre), An Evening with an Immigrant (Soho Theatre), Black T-shirt Collection (National Theatre), Swipe Slow (BBC iplayer).

Tickets are available below…

Dorfman Theatre

West Yorkshire Playhouse