Barbican Centre

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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
  • The Barbican fountains

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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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LIFT 2014: Opus No 7

West End, Drama

Influential Russian director Dmitry Krymov puts the audience on stage in this beguiling sounding performance art piece which uses giant puppets, duelling pianos, blizzards and newsprint and more to reflect upon the oppression of Jews and the role of artists...

  1. Wed Jun 4 – Sun Jun 8
  2. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  3. £30. Runs 2hrs 30mins
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LIFT 2014: The Shipment

West End, Experimental theatre

For her latest show, gloriously controversial Korean-American theatre maker Young Jean Lee set herself the most uncomfortable task she could think of: researching and making a play about African-American identity and politics. Ages 16-plus.

  1. Tue Jun 10 – Sat Jun 14
  2. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  3. £18
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London Schools Symphony Orchestra: Dukas, Ravel

Orchestral music

Dominic Wheeler conducts Dukas's L'Apprenti Sorcier and Ravel's Concerto For Piano And Orchestra In G and L'enfant Et Les Sortileges.

  1. Tue Apr 29
  2. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  3. £8-£24
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London Symphony Orchestra: Mahler

Orchestral music

Daniele Gatti conducts Mahler's Symphony No 7.

  1. Sun Apr 27
  2. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  3. £10-£37
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London Symphony Orchestra: Part, Youssef

Orchestral music

Kristjan Jarvi conducts Arvo Part's Symphony No 3 and works by Dhafer Youssef.

  1. Thu Apr 24
  2. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  3. £10-£37
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London Symphony Orchestra: Strauss, Brahms

Orchestral music

Nikolaj Znaider conducts Strauss's Don Juan and Also Sprach Zarathustra and Brahms's Double Concerto. With violinist Roman Simovic and cellist Tim Hugh.

  1. Thu May 1
  2. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  3. £10-£37
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London Symphony Orchestra: Strauss, Mozart

Orchestral music

Sir Mark Elder conducts Strauss's Wind Serenade, Macbeth and Til Eulenbspiegel and Mozart's Piano Concerto No 22. With pianist Imogen Cooper.

  1. Sun May 4
  2. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  3. £10-£37
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Sun Ra Arkestra/Marshall Allen

Big band

  • Critics' choice

The space-age big band is kept alive by altoist Marshall Allen, a cohort of Afrofuturist avant-jazz genius Sun Ra for several decades. Don't expect the psychedelic Moogish world of 'Space Is The Place' – the current Arkestra line-up is more like a traditional...

  1. Sat May 31
  2. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  3. £15-£25
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The Testament of Mary

West End, Drama

After its Tony nominated Broadway run, Fiona Shaw and Deborah Warner's new production of Colm Toibin's own stage adaptation of his Booker-nominated short story about the Virgin Mary arrives in the UK. Shaw stars as the lady Madonna herself, as she struggles...

The Testament of Mary
  1. Thu May 1 – Sun May 25
  2. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  3. £16-£35
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The Von Trapps

Classical and opera, Jazz and experimental, Pop

Yes, these are the actual Von Trapps from 'The Sound of Music'… or as close as you'll get. August, Amanda, Melanie, and Sofia Von Trapp are the grandchildren of Werner ('Kurt' in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical), and began their singing career with...

The Von Trapps
  1. Sat May 10
  2. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  3. £25-£27.50
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'Tis Pity She's a Whore

West End, Drama

  • Rating: 4/5

Two years since it last hit a London stage, Cheek By Jowl’s rich and raucous production of John Ford's Jacobean splatter-fest is back. It’s a smart and sexy interpretation, slicing the tragedy back to a lean two hours and ramming it home with a queasy...

'Tis Pity She's a Whore
  1. Sat Apr 19 – Sat Apr 26
  2. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  3. £21-£26. Runs 1hr 50mins (no interval)
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Ubu Roi

West End, Drama

  • Rating: 4/5

This review is of the show's run in 2013. In the centenary year of Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring’, London is witnessing revivals of several works that caused riots. Now, as part of its excellent Dancing around Duchamp season, the Barbican presents...

  1. Wed Jun 18 – Sun Jun 22
  2. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  3. £16-£30
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United Visual Artists: Momentum

Digital and interactive, Installation

  • Rating: 4/5
  • Free

The Barbican’s slinky Curve gallery demands a special kind of art but, as we find out, United Visual Artists are up to the challenge If you were one of the thousands who queued (sometimes for hours) for Random International’s ‘Rain Room’ in 2012, you’ll...

United Visual Artists: Momentum
  1. Sat Apr 19 – Sun Jun 1
  2. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
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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.