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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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    Barbican Centre Silk St
    London
    EC2Y 8DS

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Utopia - 5th UK Portuguese Film Festival

Filmville's Utopia - UK Portuguese Film Festival celebrates its 5th edition with an exceptional programme: 5 contemporary films from Portugal and Brazil united by the theme of freedom 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the Carnation revolution.

  • Sat Dec 6:

    • 14:30
  • Sun Dec 7:

    • 11:00

Ida

Rating: 4/5

Tragedy hangs like smoke over this spectral, startling return to form for Polish-born, British-based writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski. First and foremost, there’s the historical tragedy of The Holocaust which drives the story. But there’s also, it s...

  • Sat Nov 29:

    • 14:10
  • Wed Nov 26:

    • 17:40
    • 20:45
  • Thu Nov 27:

    • 20:45
  • Fri Nov 28:

    • 18:15
    • 20:45
  • Sat Nov 29:

    • 18:15
    • 20:45
  • Sun Nov 30:

    • 18:15
    • 20:45
  • Mon Dec 1:

    • 15:30
    • 18:10
    • 20:45
  • Tue Dec 2:

    • 18:10
    • 20:45
  • Wed Dec 3:

    • 18:10
    • 20:45

Interstellar

Rating: 5/5

Christopher Nolan’s overwhelming, immersive and time-bending space epic ‘Interstellar’ makes Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Gravity’ feel like a palate cleanser for the big meal to come. Where ‘Gravity’ was brief, contained and left the further bounds of the univ...

  • Wed Nov 26:

    • 20:00
  • Mon Dec 1:

    • 14:50

Leviathan

Rating: 4/5

This is a whale of a movie, grotesque and a little bloated but impossible to ignore. Its power and its horrors sneak up on you. It's a contemporary Russian tale, set on the shores of the Barents Sea, about the unholy powers of the state and the churc...

  • Mon Dec 1:

    • 18:00
  • Tue Dec 2:

    • 18:00
  • Wed Dec 3:

    • 18:00

Winter Sleep

Rating: 4/5

Like his last film ‘Once Upon a Time in Anatolia’, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s ‘Winter Sleep’ unfolds before the epic backdrop of Turkey’s rural steppes, an already unforgiving landscape now made even more alienating by snow, ice and wind. But while that fil...

  • Thu Nov 27:

    • 19:15
  • Sun Nov 30:

    • 14:00

Barbican Christmas Market

Fashion, Gifts and souvenirs, Art, craft and hobbies, Books

The Barbican hosts 10 days of seasonal shopping, with 35 independent designers, makers and artisans setting up shop in the foyers. With vintage and designer clothes, arts and crafts, jewellery, books and toys all available, it’s a great option for cultural...

Barbican Christmas Market
  1. Fri Dec 12 – Mon Dec 22
  2. Barbican Centre
  3. Free
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Between Worlds

Twentieth-century opera, West End

English National Opera team up with Barbican Artistic Associate Deborah Warner on the premiere of this new opera based on the events of 9/11. Written by Tansy Davies, with a libretto by Nick Drake, 'Between Worlds' focuses on the emotions of the people...

  1. Sat Apr 11 2015 – Sat Apr 25 2015
  2. Barbican Centre
  3. TBC
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Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age

Photography

  • Rating: 5/5

‘The long exposure time required by the first cameras favoured the static attributes of buildings, making them a far more reliable subject than the human figure,’ reads the dry introductory text to this extensive and actually quite moving show of photography...

Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age
  1. Wed Nov 26 – Sun Jan 11 2015
  2. Barbican Centre
  3. £8-12
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Dogugaeshi

Drama, Puppetry, West End

New York puppeteer Basil Twist (who worked on Kate Bush's 'Before the Dawn' concerts) draws on traditional Japanese puppet practices in this piece 'Dogugaeshi' where hand painted gilt and paper panels shift and revolve to create strange scenes of foxes,...

Dogugaeshi
  1. Wed Jan 28 2015 – Sat Jan 31 2015
  2. Barbican Centre
  3. £20
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Eugene Onegin

Drama, West End

Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre returns to London following their last visit in 2012 with 'Uncle Vanya'. Now the company stage Alexander Pushkin's 'Eugene Onegin', about the egotistic St Petersburg dandy who denies the affection of a young beautiful...

  1. Wed Feb 18 2015 – Sat Feb 21 2015
  2. Barbican Centre
  3. £10-£55
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Eugene Onegin

West End, Drama, Foreign-language performance

Though it's well known as an opera, this is reportedly the first ever stage adaptation of Alexander Pushkin's story of the timeless Russian dandy. Lithuanian theatre director Rimas Tuminas created this version of 'Eugene Onegin' for Moscow's Vakhtangov...

  1. Wed Feb 18 2015 – Sat Feb 21 2015
  2. Barbican Centre
  3. £10-£55
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Hamlet

Shakespeare, Drama, Foreign-language performance, West End

Great Japanese director Yukio Ninagawa, who turns 80 next year, arrives in London with his production of 'Hamlet', starring Tatsuya Fujiwara in his UK premiere. Ninagawa's productions tend to be extraordinarily beautiful and draw heavily on the many varied...

  1. Thu May 21 2015 – Sun May 24 2015
  2. Barbican Centre
  3. £16-£50
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Hamlet

West End, Drama, Shakespeare

It’s been an open secret in theatre circles for some time that Benedict Cumberbatch would be teaming up with genius director Lyndsey Turner to take on Shakespeare's most tragic ponderer Hamlet, but the question was where? And when? Well we almost have...

Hamlet
  1. Wed Aug 5 2015 – Sat Oct 31 2015
  2. Barbican Centre
  3. £30–£62.50
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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
  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
  3. £10-£55
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Howie the Rookie

Drama, West End

  • Rating: 4/5
  • Critics' choice

Howie Lee and Rookie Lee – no relation – share a surname and a city, Dublin. In Mark O’Rowe’s revival of his own cult classic, both men are played by a single actor, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, and they seem to share much more besides: a Neanderthal gait, empty...

Howie the Rookie
  1. Wed Nov 26 – Sat Nov 29
  2. Barbican Centre
  3. £18
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Julia Holter

Electronica, Folk

  • Critics' choice

It’s Holter’s innocently beautiful voice, and commitment to strange and intrepid musical adventures, that make her our favourite experimental folk artist. She’s over from LA from showcase some of her smart, subtly humorous and, often overwhelmingly gorgeous...

Julia Holter
  1. Sat Nov 29
  2. Barbican Centre
  3. £13.50
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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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Kafka on the Shore

Drama, West End

Best-selling Japanese novelist and one-time Jazz club owner Haruki Murakami's book 'Kafka on the Shore' is a firm favourite among the legions of Murakami fans over here (and everywhere else). Now, Japanese director Yukio Ninagawa stages the epic, multi-layered...

  1. Thu May 28 2015 – Sat May 30 2015
  2. Barbican Centre
  3. £16-£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.

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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.