Opened in 1982, the Barbican Centre is a collection of multi-purpose performing arts venues, housed within an imposingly designed network of brutalist buildings. Recent years have seen the Barbican become one of London’s most important cultural cornerstones, with events like the Rain Room and spring 2015 blockbuster Magnificent Obsessions generating huge interest in London and beyond. Home to the London Symphony Orchestra since it opened, the Barbican also became the London base of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2013, adding further weight to its reputation as the city’s go-to destination for both highbrow and popular arts. Read on to find out what’s happening at the Barbican right now.
For a full list of events happening at the Barbican, check out the venue page.
The Barbican's greatest hits
We pick ten landmark events that have established the Barbican as one of London’s most diverse destinations for arts and culture
Twelve things you didn't know about the Barbican
It’s played host to some fascinating exhibitions, but the warren-like venue is intriguing in itself
What's on at the Barbican
The Love of Fireflies
Despite being inspired by American road movies, this irreverent comedy from Alejandro Ricano - one of Mexico's most revered playwrights - has a very Mexican...
I'll Melt the Snow Off a Volcano with a Match
Using archive video footage, statistics, historical sound and the imagined account of writer Natalia Valdez, playwright Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol looks at...
Jeff Mills: Light from the Outside World
A bona fide legend of dance music, Detroit techno don Jeff Mills transitions from the club to the concert hall for the UK premiere of his project ‘Light from...
The RSC's cycle of history plays - with the overall title 'King and Country' - is completed by this new production of Shakespeare's 'Henry V'. Following...
As well as being a Berlin-based techno DJ, Sascha ‘Apparat’ Ring is the creator of some smouldering, epic soundscapes without a repetitive beat in earshot....
Shunt founders Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari stage this exploration of the body with a cast of dolls, live sound design and video. As is usually the case...
Eating and drinking at the Barbican
Nestled in the heart of the city with stunning views over the lakeside, relax in the Barbican Lounge. Our seasonal tapas style menu will tempt you with truffle and Osso Buco gnocchi, with curly kale and wild mushroom cream, or slow cooked shoulder of lamb tagine with fresh herb cous cous. All accomponied by an extensive wine and cocktail list.