Following two sell-out runs at the National Theatre and a world tour, Inua Ellams’ acclaimed Barber Shop Chronicles comes to the Roundhouse this summer.
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’ (Independent) smash-hit, beginning 18 July for strictly limited season here in our main space.
Age Recommendation: 12+
Barbershop Chronicles is a triumph. Buy your ticket
A stimulating discussion rising from multiple conversations, an upbeat dialogue born from empathetic, real-life stories
Riotous theatre at its best
Inua Ellams’s brilliant drama stages a joyous takeover of the Roundhouse
Inua Ellams’ play barely hurtles between London and Africa, so full is it of authentic male dialogue and connections
Genuine Comedy And Brilliantly Rich Characters
A witty and celebratory study of black masculinity
This play remains as important now as it did when it first opened. It's a must-see piece of theatre