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  • The Barbican

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    The Barbican
  • The Barbican hall

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    The Barbican hall
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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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    Barbican Centre Silk St
    London
    EC2Y 8DS

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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
  3. £10-£55
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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
  3. £18
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Hugh Masekela

Jazz and experimental

  • Critics' choice

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
  3. £10-£37.50
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Just Jam

House music, Techno music, Clubs, Grime

  • Critics' choice

Earlier this year, music photographers Tim and Barry were meant to bring their grime-focused streaming event Just Jam to the Barbican, allowing it to poke its head out from the underground and give some artists worthwhile exposure. Much to the frustration...

Just Jam
  1. Sat Dec 13
  2. Barbican Centre
  3. £12.50-£15 adv
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Macbeth

Opera, Shakespeare, Drama, West End

  • Rating: 4/5

Who would have thought that the highlands of eleventh-century Scotland and modern-day Democratic Republic of Congo were interchangeable? South African theatre director Brett Bailey clearly did: in his new, modernised version of Verdi’s opera ‘Macbeth’,...

Macbeth
  1. Fri Sep 19 – Sat Sep 20
  2. Barbican Centre
  3. £16-£35
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Peer Gynt

West End, Drama

A modern re-imagining of 'Peer Gynt', Henrik Ibsen's surreal fairy tale about a wandering man, where the protagonist is a boisterous rock star. There are rock star credentials behind the show too, as the piece came from the imagination of Peter Brook's...

Peer Gynt
  1. Wed Oct 8 – Sat Oct 11
  2. Barbican Centre
  3. £16-£38
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Psst! Secrets of a White Rabbit

West End, Drama, Kids' theatre

German performers Melanie Florschutz and Michael Dohnert bring their puppet and physical theatre kids show to the Barbican. It follows a wayward rabbit that can balance on a tightrope and travel to far away fantasy lands.  

Psst! Secrets of a White Rabbit
  1. Tue Oct 28 – Tue Nov 4
  2. Barbican Centre
  3. £8
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Rocio Molina

Dance, West End

  • Critics' choice

Probably the most exciting young dancer in flamenco today, Rocio Molina has developed a singular style combining flamenco with Spanish classical dance, traditional bolera and a contemporary, theatrical mindset. This is a UK premiere of 'Bosque Ardora'...

Rocio Molina
  1. Thu Oct 16 – Sat Oct 18
  2. Barbican Centre
  3. £16-£28
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Roddy Frame

Pop, Indie rock, Rock 'n' roll

  • Critics' choice

The founder of Glaswegian indie group Aztec Camera performs his sparkling, jangly, new wave-informed pop with a backing band. After playing his old group's album 'High Land, Hard Rain' in full last year, he'll be well versed in fan favourites including...

Roddy Frame
  1. Thu Dec 4
  2. Barbican Centre
  3. £19.50-£29.50
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Sparks

Classic rock

  • Critics' choice

Having treated London to all 21 albums over 21 nights a few years back, the beautiful Mael brothers continue to twist the live experience. Their LA glam rock project returns, this time with the tantilising promise of a full performance of classic leftfield...

Sparks
  1. Fri Dec 19 – Sat Dec 20
  2. Barbican Centre
  3. £22.50-£30 adv
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Tavener: Flood Of Beauty

Classical and opera

  • Critics' choice

Britten Sinfonia and Voices give the world premiere of the last completed concert work by the late Sir John Tavener, in what would have been his 70th year. A Hindu-inspired piece, it sets a Sanskrit poem celebrating the Divine Being as feminine beaut...

  1. Sun Sep 28
  2. Barbican Centre
  3. £15-£25
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The Kamkars

Music

The Iranian Kurdish family band – one sister and seven brothers – perform traditional Kurdish and Persian music, returning to the Barbican at last after a sold out performance four years ago.

  1. Wed Oct 1
  2. Barbican Centre
  3. £17.50-£30
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The Possible Impossible House

West End, Drama, Kids' theatre

Subversive experimental theatre company Forced Entertainment team up with visual artist Vlatka Horvat on its first show for young people. 'The Possible Impossible House' has constantly shifting rooms containing complaining beds, singing plumbing and talking...

The Possible Impossible House
  1. Wed Dec 17 – Sun Dec 28
  2. Barbican Centre
  3. £12
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The Wild Duck

West End, Drama

Promising young Australian director and writer Simon Stone brings his modern interpretation of Ibsen's 'The Wild Duck' to London following its premiere in 2011. Stone's new script won awards in Australia and has the family drama play out in a flat, where...

The Wild Duck
  1. Thu Oct 23 – Sat Nov 1
  2. Barbican Centre
  3. £16-£35
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Other cinemas nearby

  1. Barbican Cinema 1

    Silk St
    City of London
    EC2Y 8DS
    6.8yd
  2. The Dutch Centre

    Austin Friars
    London
    EC2N 2HA
    827.2yd
  3. Broadgate

    Finsbury Avenue Square
    London
    EC2M 2PG
    854.1yd
  4. The European Bank For Reconstruction And Development (EBRD)

    Exchange Square, Primrose Street
    London
    EC2A 2JN
    1065.2yd

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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.