NEWS: Barber Shop Chronicles to Return to London

Inua Ellams’ acclaimed play will return to London to play at the  Roundhouse from the 18th July.

 Following on from two sold out runs at the National Theatre in 2017, acclaimed performances at Leeds Playhouse and hugely successful tours of Australia, New Zealand, the United States of America and Canada, Barber Shop Chronicles will play a six week run at the Roundhouse.

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.

The production is co-produced by National Theatre, Fuel and Leeds Playhouse and is a story that leaps from a barber shop in Peckham to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, and Accra over the course of a single day.

Talking about the news, Kate McGrath, Director of Fuel said: “We are hugely proud of this joyous and soulful production. Having now played 195 performances across the globe, it is incredible to see audiences’ continually growing appetite for Inua’s important and life-affirming play. Barber Shop Chronicles’ two runs at the National Theatre in 2017 saw Fuel and the NT build young and diverse audiences, giving the auditorium a palpable buzz. We’re thrilled to be moving to the Roundhouse, another trailblazing London venue, and can’t wait to welcome more audiences to experience this special production.”

Barber Shop Chronicles is directed by by Olivier Award-winning Bijan Sheibani, designed by Rae Smith (War Horse) with lighting design by Jack Knowles, movement direction by Aline David and sound design by Gareth Fry.

Barber Shop Chronicles will play at the Roundhouse from the 18th July until the 24th August.

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