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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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    Barbican Centre Silk St
    London
    EC2Y 8DS

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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
  3. £16-£35
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Antigone

West End, Drama

French film star Juliette Binoche last hit the Barbican stage in a disappointing production of Strindberg's 'Miss Julie' in 2012. There should be no such worries on her return, though: the visionary Belgian director Ivo van Hove – the man responsible...

  1. Wed Mar 4 2015 – Sat Mar 28 2015
  2. Barbican Centre
  3. £16-£55. Runs 1hr 40mins (no interval)
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The Rover

Rating: 3/5

Is there something in the water in Australia? The country that gave us the post-apocalyptic motorway games of ‘Mad Max’ now offers a variation on the theme, only drier and dirtier. David Michôd (‘Animal Kingdom’) efficiently sets up a vague global ‘c...

  • Thu Aug 21:

    • 18:15
    • 20:45

Welcome to New York

Rating: 4/5

The arrest in New York in 2011 of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the IMF and a possible future French president, for sexually assaulting a hotel maid, provoked a storm of comment: observers saw everything in it from the ultimate indictment of male a...

  • Thu Aug 21:

    • 20:30

Art Party

Rating: 3/5

In 2011, the artist Patrick Brill (who works under the name Bob and Roberta Smith) wrote to the then education secretary Michael Gove in the form of a giant painted letter attacking the government’s policy of sidelining art in schools. Now comes a cl...

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Hector and the Search for Happiness

Rating: 2/5

Simon Pegg plays the world’s most unconvincing psychiatrist in this fluffy, irritating Brit comedy. He’s Hector, who leaves his successful London practice and hot girlfriend (Rosamund Pike) to travel around the world searching for the secret of happi...

  • Sat Aug 23:

    • 14:00
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    • 14:00

Lilting

Rating: 3/5

This is a quiet, thoughtful London-set study of love, grief and cultural differences from Cambodian-born, British-based filmmaker Hong Khaou. Ben Whishaw (see interview, p21) plays Richard, a fragile young man mourning the recent death of his partner...

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    • 14:00
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Two Days, One Night

Rating: 5/5

Belgium's Dardenne brothers, Jean-Pierre and Luc, make punchy, contemporary, socially aware films – simple on the surface but alive with compassion and wisdom. As filmmakers the Dardennes are never less than reliable, yet still 'Two Days, One Night'...

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    • 16:20
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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.

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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.