It’s been announced that the National Theatre productions of WAR HORSE and BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES are to return to London next year in new venues.
Inua Ellams’ BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES will play a stint at Camden’s iconic Roundhouse over Summer 2019 as part of its UK tour. The production, directed by Bijan Sheibani, is currently concluding a tour of the US and will return to the UK with venues scheduled in Manchester, Leicester, Bristol and Sheffield before London.
BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES is a play spanning six cities over the course of one day, visiting barber shops from Peckham to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, and Accra. It premiered to critical acclaim in the National Theatre’s Dorfman Theatre in Summer 2017 inciting a return to the venue in early 2018. BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES has since performed internationally in Australia and the USA.
Commissioned by Fuel and the National Theatre, the production is directed by Bijan Sheibani with design by Rae Smith, lighting by Jack Knowles, movement by Aline David and sound by Gareth Fry. Full casting and further details for the Roundhouse run are still to be announced.
BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES runs at Camden’s Roundhouse from 18th July to 24th August. Tickets go on sale from 14th February.
In related transfer news, the National Theatre’s smash-hit WAR HORSE will return to London following its UK tour.
WAR HORSE recently returned to the National Theatre in November 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. The production has now embarked on a UK tour with additional international dates in Ireland, Hong Kong and New Zealand. WAR HORSE will then arrive back in London performing at the new Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre.
Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre is a brand new venue currently being created in the former Fountain Studios. The theatre will be a fully-flexible 1000-2000 seat capacity venue with design by the team behind the temporary Kings Cross Theatre, and will feature a bat, restauraunt and open-air terrace. The theatre is set to open in Summer 2019 with details of the inaugural production still to be announced.
WAR HORSE is based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, charting the powerful story between a boy and his horse over the course of World War One. WAR HORSE premiered at the National Theatre’s Olivier Theatre in 2007 and has since played the West End, Broadway and toured internationally.
The production is co-directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris with design by Rae Smith, and puppet direction, design and fabrication by Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler for Handspring Puppet Company. WAR HORSE features lighting by Paule Constable, movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick, video design by Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer for 59 Productions, original songs by John Tams, original compositions by Adrian Sutton and sound by Christopher Shutt.
WAR HORSE runs at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre from 18th October to 23rd November. Tickets go on sale from 15th February.