Barber Shop Chronicles

National Theatre

Barber Shop Chronicles

28 Nov 2017 - 09 Jan 2018

£15.00 - £40.00

Pro reviewers rating
16 reviews

4.2 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

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 dissect 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.

Back at the NT after a run at West Yorkshire Playhouse. (Most reviews from May 2017)


To follow the work of anyone in this show, click a name and select Follow. Any new work will show up in your personalised Feed and Notifications.

“Rich, exhilarating theatre... both a fascinating peek into a world of men and a wider act of celebration.”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Joyous... Sharp insight... Laugh-out-loud humour... Exhilarating dynamism... Brilliantly acted... Animashaun's hilarious... Go.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Returns to the National with a bang... Political, heartwarming and humorous - all in equal measure.”

Alistair Wilkinson (Broadway World)

“Roving play... Makes its points through acting, and a dynamic ensemble swap characters with relish... Moving.”

Matt Trueman (What's On Stage, Time Out)

“Bounces with brio... Hefty topics ripple and re-echo... Vivid and energetic... Make an appointment.”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“Ellams has an instinctive feel for the polyphonous rhythms of dialogue... He skilfully maintains control of his sprawling cast.”

Claire Allfree (Metro, Telegraph)

“Joyful... Humorous... Sends pulses of electricity through your veins, and delights you with its joy of life.”

Aleks Sierz (Arts Desk, The Stage)

“Invigorating... The acting is first-rate and Sheibani skilfully uses music and dance... Richly enjoyable.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Wonderful... a revelation... Ellams’s interest in language and the power of it pervades this play... Joyous, surprising, moving.”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“Bright and spirited new play... Sheibani’s production is irresistibly joyful... Animashaun bringing oodles of personality.”

Patrick Marmion (Time Out, Daily Mail)

“An absolute cracker... Funny, fast, laced with music and dance, and performed with irresistible good humour and style.”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“Brilliant new play... Sharp-edged insight... What really lingers is the warmth of a community that’s ready to heal itself.”

Alice Saville (Time Out, Independent)

“It is the stretch of the talk and material that is remarkable: anecdotal and argumentative... Intimacy and resonance.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Sly linking themes... Wonderful one-liners... Fast-moving direction. ”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Colour, force and boundlessness of intellectual inquiry... makes much contemporary British new playwriting look dully parochial.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Like a symphony... Ellams turns patois into poetry and subtly teases out the plot through his vividly drawn characters. ”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

Reviews (0)