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
Latecomers will be admitted at a suitable break in the performance.
If you select e-tickets, your tickets will be emailed to you on the day of the performance.
The Roundhouse welcomes everyone to Barber Shop Chronicles, no matter who you are, what theatre experience you’ve had, or what your individual requirements may be. We believe theatre and stories should be experienced by everyone together and want everyone to know they are welcome at the Barber Shop.
All performances will be relaxed in attitude. This means that you will be free to move about and come and go during the show if you need to. If you want to take a break at any point staff will be on hand to direct you to an appropriate place.
If you have any specific access requirements, or if we can assist you with your visit in any other way, please do let us know in advance by calling 0300 6789 2222, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 10 August at 3pm
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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.