Latest News From Nuffield Southampton Theatres: Inua Ellams’ critically-acclaimed play comes to Southampton!

November 7, 2019

Barber Shop Chronicles At Nuffield Southampton Theatres City 13 – 16 November 2019 Inua Ellams’ critically-acclaimed play comes to Southampton

 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.

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.

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.

These are places where the banter can be barbed and the truth is always telling.

Barber Shop Chronicles is written by Inua EllamsNuffield Southampton Theatres’ Spoken Word Associate.

Directed by Bijan Sheibani and designed by Rae SmithBarber 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.

Barber Shop Chronicles has already had two sell out runs at the National Theatre and has toured Australia and New Zealand as well as around the UK. It is a Fuel, National Theatre and Leeds Playhouse co-production.

Tickets are available from the Box Office 023 8067 1771 or online at