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.’
‘Exuberant. A debating chamber where you shed your locks but regain your identity’
‘Vivid and energetic. Take a seat at a revolutionary barber’s shop’
‘Funny, fast, thoughtful, moving. An absolute cracker’
‘Remarkable. A cut above the rest’
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.Elise
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*Fees are £2.20 per transaction
Age guidance: 12+
Running time: about 1 hour 45 minutes, no interval
If you select e-tickets, your tickets will be emailed to you on the day of the performance.
Doors open early, come soak up the pre-show vibes. You might even find yourself dancing with the cast onstage.
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Audio Described Performance:
Saturday 24 August at 3pm with Touch Tour at 2pm
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Groups of 10+ receive a discount on bands B, C, and D*
Groups of 6+ receive a discount on band B for matinees, bands B and C for evening performances*
*Mon – Thu & matinees only
Offer automatically applies when eligible number of tickets are added to basket
Food and Drink
Grab a bite to eat before the show as we are joined by some of London’s most exciting African-influenced street food pop-ups
Co-commissioned by Fuel and the National Theatre. Development funded by Arts Council England with the support of Fuel, National Theatre Studio, Leeds Playhouse, The Binks Trust, British Council ZA, Oran Mor and A Play, a Pie and a Pint.