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Barber Shop Chronicles at Roundhouse

a National Theatre, Fuel and Leeds Playhouse
co-production in association with the Roundhouse

a new play by Inua Ellams

18 July to 24 August 2019
Running Time: about 1 hour 45 minutes, no interval


Barber Shop Chronicles at Roundhouse

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, London’s most iconic in-the-round performance space.

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.


Performances take place at:
Chalk Farm Road
London NW1 8EH

Please note: Age guidance for this production is for 12yrs+

Barber Shop Chronicles went on the road on a UK Tour

Manchester Royal Exchange
7 - 23 March 2019

Leicester Curve
3 - 06 April 2019

Bristol Old Vic
2 - 18 May 2019 

Sheffield Crucible
22 May - 01 June 2019

Birmingham Repertory Theatre
26 - 28 September 2019

Oxford Playhouse
9 – 12 October 2019

Eden Court, Inverness
16 – 19 October 2019

Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST) Campus
13 – 16 November 2019

Leeds Playhouse
20 – 23 November 2019

Edinburgh Lyceum
23 October – 9 November 2019

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Access Performances: at the Roundhouse:

Audio-described performance, for blind and visually impaired people: Saturday 24 August, 3pm, preceded by a Touch Tour at 2pm

Captioned performance, for deaf or hard-of-hearing people: Saturday 10 August, 3pm

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.


      Leeds Playhouse      Roundhouse


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5 star rating

Barber Shop Chronicles Is A Masterpiece

The Londonist
5 star rating

drop whatever you are doing and watch this play

4 star rating

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

Time Out
4 star rating

Inua Ellams’ beautifully observed work is a pulsing and poetic delight

4 star rating

Inua Ellams’s enlightening and lively play

The Sunday Times
4 star rating

Bijan Sheibani directs with fizzing humour

Mail on Sunday
4 star rating

Riotous theatre at its best

The Arts Desk
4 star rating

an upbeat dialogue born from empathetic, real-life stories

The UpComing

Barber Shop Chronicles at the Roundhouse Trailer

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Barber Shop Chronicles | Introducing the play

The cast took a quick trip to Slider Cuts in Hackney for a fresh trim ahead of the run at the Roundhouse; find out what they have to say about the play.

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