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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
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    Barbican theatre's stage
  • The Barbican

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    The Barbican
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    The Barican's view
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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. Wed Apr 23 – 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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Transcendence

Rating: 2/5

Shouldn’t a future America ruled by the brain of Johnny Depp be more wacky than this dull-as-computer-code thriller? You wonder why Depp signed on to play the staid role of Will Caster, a Berkeley genius with an Einstein-shaggy hairdo. Before Will is...

  • Fri Apr 25:

    • 18:10
    • 20:40
  • Sun Apr 27:

    • 15:30
    • 18:10
    • 20:40
  • Tue Apr 29:

    • 18:10
    • 20:40
  • Wed Apr 30:

    • 18:10
    • 20:40
  • Thu May 1:

    • 18:10
    • 20:40
  • Wed Apr 23:

    • 20:45
  • Fri Apr 25:

    • 20:30
  • Sun Apr 27:

    • 20:30
  • Tue Apr 29:

    • 20:30

Exhibition

Rating: 4/5

The English director Joanna Hogg has a knack for making us squirm. Her new film, ‘Exhibition’, is an experimental at-home-with drama about two London artists, D (Viv Albertine) and H (Liam Gillick) who have lived together in a modernist house for 18...

  • Fri Apr 25:

    • 18:20
    • 20:50
  • Sat Apr 26:

    • 18:20
    • 20:50
  • Sun Apr 27:

    • 16:00
    • 18:20
    • 20:50
  • Mon Apr 28:

    • 16:00
    • 18:20
    • 20:50
  • Tue Apr 29:

    • 18:20
    • 20:50
  • Wed Apr 30:

    • 18:20
    • 20:50
  • Thu May 1:

    • 18:20
    • 20:50

The Lunchbox

Rating: 3/5

It’s ‘84 Charing Cross Road’ with extra chutney in this enormously likeable Indian romantic comedy-drama. Irrfan Khan plays the grouchy, widowed claims adjuster who discovers that his lunch has been accidentally switched with a co-worker’s. Instead o...

  • Fri Apr 25:

    • 18:10
  • Sun Apr 27:

    • 18:10
  • Tue Apr 29:

    • 18:10

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...

  • Wed Apr 23:

    • 18:00
  • Thu Apr 24:

    • 18:00
  • Sat Apr 26:

    • 13:45
  • Sun Apr 27:

    • 16:10

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...

  • Wed Apr 23:

    • 18:30
  • Thu Apr 24:

    • 18:30
    • 20:45
  • Sat Apr 26:

    • 13:45
  • Sun Apr 27:

    • 14:00

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

La Jetee + Sans Soleil (Sunless)

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

  • Wed Apr 23:

    • 20:00

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 Metropolitan Opera Live: Cosi Fan Tutte

James Levine conducts a live performance of Mozart's opera about testing the bonds of love from The Metropolitan Opera House in New York. Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard sing the roles of sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella opposite Matthew Polenzan...

  • Sat Apr 26:

    • 17:55

Royal Ballet Live: The Winter's Tale

David Briskin conducts a live broadcast of the world premiere staging of Christopher Wheeldon's full-length ballet based on Shakespeare's enduring tale of love, loss and reconciliation set to music by Joby Talbot. Performed at the Royal Opera House i...

  • Mon Apr 28:

    • 19:15

The Lego Movie

Rating: 4/5

With one obvious exception, toy stories do not have the luckiest big-screen pedigree: the results are often either sugary cartoons for undemanding kids or noisy blockbusters for brain-dead teens. If the producers of ‘The LEGO Movie’ had taken either...

  • Sat Apr 26:

    • 11:00
    • 11:15

Submarine

Rating: 4/5

This is a spirited and warm film debut from TV comic Richard Ayoade, best known as an actor on ‘The IT Crowd’ and a little less as a one-time writer and director of ‘Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace’ for Channel 4 – as well as a maker of music videos for t...

  • Sat Apr 26:

    • 15:45

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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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. Wed Apr 23 – 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
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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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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.