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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 a strictly limited season.
★★★★★ “Barber Shop Chronicles is a masterpiece” The Londonist
★★★★ “Inua Ellams’s brilliant drama stages a joyous takeover of the Roundhouse… brilliantly vivid, funny, moving drama” Time Out
★★★★ “Inua Ellams’ beautifully observed work is a pulsing and poetic delight” The Guardian
★★★★ “Inua Ellams’s enlightening and lively play” The Sunday Times
★★★★ “A thrilling piece of work” Evening Standard
★★★★ “Riotous theatre at its best” The Arts Desk
★★★★ “It’s a stimulating discussion rising from multiple conversations, an upbeat dialogue born from empathetic, real-life stories.” The Upcoming
What to expect:Acting
Recommended for:Anyone (0%)
Reviewed on 20 August 2019 by Funmilayo, Luton, United Kingdom
by Monty Leigh | Thursday, July 25 2019, 10:39
by Nastazja Domaradzka | Wednesday, July 24 2019, 09:48
Following two sell out runs at The National Theatre and a world tour Inua Ellam’s epic multi-continental story Barbershop Chronicles arrives at The Roundhouse and if there ever was such a thing as ‘the hottest ticket in town’ this is it.Second Look: The National Theatre’s BARBERSHOP CHRONICLES, now at The Roundhouse
by Hugh Wooldridge | Monday, November 27 2017, 09:33
Fifteen years ago, Trevor Nunn, the then Artistic Director of the National Theatre, was condemned for mounting productions of popular musicals such as Oklahoma!, Anything Goes and My Fair Lady. But, he protested, the National Theatre is for all people - why should not we who fund the National Theatre and like musicals, not see the best musicals there?Review: BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES at the National Theatre (Dorfman)
by Stuart King | Saturday, June 17 2017, 08:10
BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES which enjoyed its world premiere at the Dorfman on 7th June, is Inua Ellams’ third play at the National. Perhaps unsurprisingly given the title, the action - or more accurately, the barbed dialogue exchanges - all take place within the backdrop of a barber shop and (on the basis that differing parts of the world may be home to differing opinions), we are treated to six establishments, located in London, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, Accra and Johannesburg.Review: BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES at the National Theatre