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  • The Barbican

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    The Barbican
  • The Barbican hall

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    The Barbican hall
  • Barbican stairs

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    Barbican stairs
  • Barbican theatre's stage

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    Barbican theatre's stage
  • The Barbican

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    The Barbican
  • The Barican's view

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    The Barican's view
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    The Barbican fountains

The Barbican

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  • Address:

    Barbican Centre Silk St
    London
    EC2Y 8DS

  • Venue phone:

    020 7638 8891

  • Venue website:

    www.barbican.org.uk

  • Opening hours:

    Centre Mon-Sat 9am-11pm; Sun noon-11pm. Art Gallery Mon-Wed, Sat, Sun 10am-6pm; Thu–Fri 10am–9pm. The Curve Mon-Wed, Sat, Sun 11am–8pm; Thu–Fri 11am–9pm.

  • Transport:

    Tube: Barbican

  • Price:

    Exhibitions £12, concs £8-£10; The Curve exhibitions free.

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All That Jazz: The Golden Age Of British Popular Music 1919-1950

Jazz and experimental, Photography

  • Free

Material from the National Jazz Archive, providing an insight into the sociocultural impact of jazz in Britain during the forgotten age of British popular music.

  1. Thu Apr 17 – Tue Apr 29
  2. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  3. free
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A Midsummer Night's Dream (As You Like It)

West End, Drama, Shakespeare

Russian director Dmitry Krymov brings his unique take on Shakespeare's fairy comedy to London. Commissioned by the RSC for the World Shakespeare Festival in 2012, the piece focuses solely on the amateur actors in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' trying to...

  1. Wed Nov 12 – Sat Nov 15
  2. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  3. £16-£35
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The Sea

Rating: 3/5

Impeccable acting does the heavy lifting in this low-key version of a John Banville novel – adapted by the writer himself. Ciarán Hinds is Max, an art historian who, when his wife dies, visits the British seaside town where he spent summers as a kid,...

  • Thu Apr 24:

    • 20:00

The Double

Rating: 3/5

Jesse Eisenberg’s office drone Simon, faced with the sudden appearance of his super-cocky mirror image James (also Eisenberg), isn’t the only thing being facsimiled in this second film from ‘Submarine’ director Richard Ayoade. ‘The Double’ is itself...

  • Thu Apr 17:

    • 18:20
    • 20:30

Beasts Of The Southern Wild + Live Soundtrack Featuring Dan Romer And Benh Zeitlin

A poetic and grimly compelling portrait of shattered lives in a fictional bayou where six-year-old Hushpuppy lives off the sodden land with her father Wink. He practices tough love so his little girl can survive the unforgiving elements but like all...

  • Wed Jul 30:

    • 19:30
  • Thu Jul 31:

    • 19:30
  • Thu Apr 17:

    • 18:20
    • 20:45
  • Sat Apr 19:

    • 14:10
  • Sun Apr 20:

    • 16:00
  • Wed Apr 23:

    • 20:45

Calvary

Rating: 4/5

What do you say to a priest you plan to shoot pointblank between the eyes? ‘Say your prayers,’ of course. Part ‘Father Ted’, part Tarantino, John Michael McDonagh follows up 2011’s ‘The Guard’ with this wickedly funny black comedy, all fatalism and g...

  • Tue Apr 22:

    • 20:30
  • Sat Apr 19:

    • 16:00

La Jetee + Sans Soleil (Sunless)

The short film that inspired Terry Gilliam's 'Twelve Monkeys'.

  • Wed Apr 23:

    • 20:00

Locke

Rating: 4/5

British screenwriter Steven Knight has always shown a keen eye for real life, with his London-set scripts for ‘Dirty Pretty Things’ and ‘Eastern Promises’. But he’s often tended to lay on the plot a bit thick – not least in his recent debut as a dire...

  • Thu Apr 17:

    • 18:30
  • Fri Apr 18:

    • 18:15
    • 20:30
  • Sat Apr 19:

    • 16:20
    • 18:15
    • 20:30
  • Sun Apr 20:

    • 14:00
    • 18:15
    • 20:30
  • Mon Apr 21:

    • 15:15
    • 18:15
    • 20:30

The Sea

Art historian Max Morden is devastated by the death of his wife Anna. He seeks refuge in the coastal community of his childhood, where he looks back fondly to the summer of 1955 when he met Carlo and Connie Grace and their bohemian family including t...

  • Tue Apr 22:

    • 18:15
  • Wed Apr 23:

    • 18:00
  • Thu Apr 24:

    • 18:00

We Are the Best!

Rating: 4/5

After more than a decade of misfires, arthouse oddities and bleak personal projects, Swedish writer-director Lukas Moodysson finally (and perhaps grudgingly?) returns to the sparky, indie-comic tone of his best-loved films ‘Show Me Love’ and ‘Togethe...

  • Fri Apr 18:

    • 18:30
    • 20:45
  • Sat Apr 19:

    • 14:00
    • 18:30
    • 20:45
  • Sun Apr 20:

    • 14:00
    • 16:15
    • 18:30
    • 20:45
  • Mon Apr 21:

    • 15:30
    • 18:30
    • 20:45
  • Tue Apr 22:

    • 18:30
    • 20:45
  • Wed Apr 23:

    • 18:30
  • Thu Apr 24:

    • 18:30
    • 20:45

BBC Symphony Orchestra: Debussy, Dusapin + more

Orchestral music

Sakari Oramo conducts Debussy's Prelude A L'apres Midi D'un Faune, Pascal Dusapin's Violin Concerto, Honegger's Rugby and Elgar's Enigma Variations. With violinist Renaud Capucon.

  1. Sat May 3
  2. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  3. £10-£32
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Britten Sinfonia/Britten Sinfonia Voices

Chamber, Choral

The ensemble performs Bach's St John Passion, featuring soprano Julia Doyle, countertenor Iestyn Davies, tenor Jeremy Budd and bass Matthew Brook.

  1. Fri Apr 18
  2. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  3. £10-£35
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Camera Lucida

West End, Cabaret, Drama, Contemporary theatre

Pioneering drag, mime and cabaret act and winner of this year's Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award Dickie Beau stages his directorial debut at the Barbican. Dickie Beau uses salvaged audio recordings to lip synch to onstage, recreating a strange,...

  1. Tue Oct 28 – Sat Nov 8
  2. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  3. £18
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Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age

Photography

From New York’s first skyscrapers to recent urban sprawls in Asia, this show includes 18 photographers’ who have influenced our understanding of the built environment.

Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age
  1. Thu Sep 25 – Sun Jan 11 2015
  2. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  3. £8-12
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Digital Revolution

Design, Installation, Mixed media, Performance art

This immersive exhibition will explore and celebrate the transformation of the arts through digital technology, bringing together artists, filmmakers, architects, designers, musicians and game developers. The exhibition includes new commissions from artists...

Digital Revolution
  1. Thu Jul 3 – Sun Sep 14
  2. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  3. £12.50, child aged 12-17 & NUS £8.50, ch...
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The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

Categories, Shopping

The first major exhibition devoted to Jean Paul Gaultier, France’s most rebellious designer and he of Madonna’s conical corset fame. Gaultier, who has had a fashion label since 1976, is known for witty, revealing outfits inspired by low and high culture...

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
  1. Thu Apr 17 – Sun Aug 17
  2. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
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Henry IV Part I

West End, Drama, Shakespeare

As part of the RSC and the Barbican Theatre's ongoing London-Stratford relationship, Gregory Doran's productions of Shakespeare's history plays 'Henry IV' Parts I and II transfer to the capital. Antony Sher stars as the unwieldy drunken knight Falstaff,...

Henry IV Part I
  1. Sat Nov 29 – Sat Jan 24 2015
  2. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  3. £10-£55
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Henry IV Part II

West End, Drama, Shakespeare

As part of the RSC and the Barbican Theatre's ongoing London-Stratford relationship, Gregory Doran's productions of Shakespeare's history plays 'Henry IV' Parts I and II transfer to the capital. Antony Sher stars as the unwieldy drunken knight Falstaff,...

  1. Tue Dec 2 – Sat Jan 24 2015
  2. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  3. £10-£55
More info

Hertfordshire Chorus/London Orchestra Da Camera

Choral, Orchestral music

David Temple conducts Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture 'Fingal's Cave', Vaughan Williams' Towards The Unknown Region, Beethoven's Meeresstille Und Gluckliche Fahrt and the world premiere of James McCarthy's Codebreaker. With soprano Naomi Harvey.

  1. Sat Apr 26
  2. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  3. £12.50-£25
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Howie the Rookie

West End, Drama

Mark O'Rowe's award-winning play explores the Dublin underworld through the eyes of Howie, then Rookie, who, one after the other, tell a tale of casual sex, violence and drinking. Tom Vaughan-Lawlor performs the piece, which was originally a duologue,...

  1. Wed Nov 19 – Sat Nov 29
  2. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  3. £18
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Hugh Masekela

Jazz and experimental

Among the earliest prominent figures in what would later become known as world music, South African pop-jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela is an international treasure who's worked with The Byrds, Paul Simon, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and countless others.

Hugh Masekela
  1. Mon Oct 27
  2. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  3. £10-£37.50
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bigsands

I would love to do a gig here as this is London's answer to Carnegie hall on 7th Avenue. It is however sad to read the comments from the dissatisfied bride below. So anyone getting married in London should have a look at recommended venues: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIB4nvvLkNk Notwitstanding, the Barbican does other things very well and is worth a visit.

PS

I love going to shows, the art gallery and cinema here. Really cool 60s building.

dissatisfied bride

I had a lovely wedding, the location was spectacular and I had a fantastic day as did all my guests. It ended rather abruptly though with the music being turned off at 11 on the dot. I can hardly complain, but I do have some serious complaints regarding the service. The food at the wedding was a much lower quality than what I was served at my tasting. The appetiser, which had been lovely at the tasting, held no resemblance to what I was served at my wedding and the creme brulée instead of being luscious and creamy as it had been at the tasting, was a stiff gelatine. After the wedding the staff didn't pack up my crockery hire correctly which made me lose my deposit and they were completely unremorseful about it, ignoring my emails and not helpful at all. The cherry on top of the cake, 2 months after the wedding, after we had settle all accounts the wedding planner started bothering us for another 600 pounds. We had spent the budget, the invoices had all been settled and he was haggling us for more money. Quite unprofessional.