Barber Shop Chronicles

Barber Shop Chronicles

One day. Six cities. A thousand stories.

Lyn Gardner avatar
18 July 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Set in different barbershops in six different cities over a single day, Inua Ellams’ brilliantly enjoyable show whisks us from Peckham to Johannesburg and beyond to give us a vivid snapshot of the lives of a clutch of African men. It is a show that throbs with life and music, packed with heroes and villains, philosophers and poseurs as it interrogates masculinity and fatherhood with both thoughtfulness and exuberance.”
“This ground-breaking piece from Inua Ellams has been touring all over the world since it wowed London audiences with two sell-out runs at the National Theatre. If you didn’t catch it the first time around, you should definitely check it out now that it’s back in town. Set in different barber shops around the world, from Peckham to Johannesburg, this is a hugely entertaining piece of storytelling.”


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+

Critic reviews

Barbershop Chronicles is a triumph. Buy your ticket

London Box Office

A stimulating discussion rising from multiple conversations, an upbeat dialogue born from empathetic, real-life stories

The Upcoming

Riotous theatre at its best

The Arts Desk

Inua Ellams’s brilliant drama stages a joyous takeover of the Roundhouse

Time Out

Inua Ellams’ play barely hurtles between London and Africa, so full is it of authentic male dialogue and connections

The Guardian

Genuine Comedy And Brilliantly Rich Characters


A witty and celebratory study of black masculinity

Evening Standard

This play remains as important now as it did when it first opened. It's a must-see piece of theatre

Broadway World

Date & time

Show ended
Thu 18 Jul - Sat 24 Aug, 3pm & 8pm
Runtime: 1 hr 45 mins


Chalk Farm Road NW1 8EH London, UK · Get Directions

Presented by

out of 5 stars
6 user reviews
Loading user reviews…

Seen the show? Add your review now!

Open in app