Barber Shop Chronicles

23 October to 9 November 2019

“One day. Six cities. A thousand stories.”

Following two sell-out runs at the National Theatre in London and a world tour, Inua Ellams’ acclaimed Barber Shop Chronicles comes to The Lyceum this October.

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-winning director Bijan Sheibani and designed by 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.


“Exuberant. A debating chamber where you shed your locks but gain your identity”
The Guardian

“Funny, fast, thoughtful, moving. An absolute cracker”
Financial Times

“Throbs with energy and heat”
Daily Telegraph

Barber Shop Chronicles is a co-production between Fuel, National Theatre of Great Britain and Leeds Playhouse.

Supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland. Production supported by Brenda Rennie.

More Edinburgh Listings MORE

Edinburgh Thursday 14th December

Alexis Ffrench

One of today’s most popular classical musicians; pianist, composer & producer Alexis Ffrench is indisputably one of the world’s…

Edinburgh Tuesday 30th April- Saturday 4th May

The Drifters Girl

Nominated for Best New Musical at the 2022 Olivier Awards, this smash-hit show has a phenomenal soundtrack packed…