Following two sell-out runs at the National Theatre and a world tour, Inua Ellams’ acclaimed Barber Shop Chronicles returns for a 2019 UK tour including a strictly limited summer season at the Roundhouse, 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-winner Bijan Sheibani (The Brothers Size) and designed by Olivier, Tony and OBIE award-winner 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.

Age Guidance: 12+
Running Time: 1 hour 45 minutes (no interval)

2019 Tour Cast

Michael Balogan headshot

Michael Balogan

Winston / Shoni

Tobi Bamtefa headshot

Tobi Bamtefa

Kwame / Fabrice / Brian

Maynard Eziashi headshot

Maynard Eziashi

Musa / Andile / Mensah

Adé Dee Haastrup headshot

Adé Dee Haastrup

Olawale / Wole / Kwabena / Simon

Emmanuel Ighodaro headshot

Emmanuel Ighodaro

Tokunbo / Paul / Simphiwe

Demmy Ladipo headshot

Demmy Ladipo

Wallace / Timothy / Mohammed / Tinashe

Mohammed Mansaray headshot

Mohammed Mansaray


Rudolphe Mdlongwa headshot

Rudolphe Mdlongwa

Tanaka / Fifi

Elander Moore headshot

Elander Moore


Anthony Ofoegbu headshot

Anthony Ofoegbu


Jo Servi headshot

Jo Servi

Elnathan, Benjamin & Dwain

David Webber headshot

David Webber

Abram / Ohene / Sizwe


Inua Ellams


Bijan Sheibani


Rae Smith


Jack Knowles

Lighting Designer

Aline David

Movement Director

Gareth Fry

Sound Designer

Michael Henry

Music Director

Lekan Lawal

Associate Director

Kwami Odoom

Assistant Choreographer

Louis Hammond CDG

Tour Casting Director

Catherine Morgan

Design Associate

Lydia Crimp

Costume Supervisor

India Chadwick

WHAM Supervisor

Kev McCurdy

Fight Director

Peter Atakpo

Barber Consultant

Charmian Hoare

Company Voice Work

Hazel Holder

Dialect Coach


Mekel Edwards

Production Manager

Julia Reid

Company Stage Manager

Emma Rangel

Deputy Stage Manager

Stefania Procter

Assistant Stage Manager

Rachel Bowen

Lighting Associate & Production Electrician

Francesca Duvall

Touring Wardrobe Supervisor