One day. Six cities. A thousand stories.

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.

‘Joyous. Brilliantly acted. Life-affirming. Go.’

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Independent

‘Exuberant. A debating chamber where you shed your locks but regain your identity’

★ ★ ★ ★ Guardian

‘Vivid and energetic. Take a seat at a revolutionary barber’s shop’

★ ★ ★ ★ Evening Standard

‘Funny, fast, thoughtful, moving. An absolute cracker’

★ ★ ★ ★ Financial Times

‘Remarkable. A cut above the rest’

★ ★ ★ ★ The Observer

For more like this, check out Fades, Braids & Identity – a series of theatre, photography, film and spoken word championing Black and Brown artists exploring race, gender and identity.

Roundhouse turned my world around. It’s a really special place and I wouldn’t be where I am now without it.


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