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
John Adams: Harmonium
David Temple conducts John Adams's Harmonium, Vaughan Williams's Serenade To Music and Poulenc's Gloria, with Erica Eloff, soprano.
Kings of War
Superb director Ivo van Hove wowed us with his production of 'A View From the Bridge' and then brought an intriguing, if somewhat slow version of 'Antigone'...
Guildhall Jazz Showcase: Iain Ballamy's Anorak
The saxophonist and his accompanying musicians perform contemporary jazz originals.
The Gold Medal
The Guildhall School's most prestigious prize for musicians. This year is the turn of the instrumentalists, who will perform a concerto with the Guildhall...
The Dark Mirror – Zender's Winterreise
Schubert's stark, haunting song cycle 'Winterreise' is given a colourful reinterpretation from Hans Zenderand multimedia director Netia Jones to evoke the...
The Dark Mirror: Zender’s Winterreise
Tenor Ian Bostridge joins the Britten Sinfonia under conductor Baldur Bronnimann, for a performance of Hans Zender's orchestral re-imagining of Schubert's...
A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Play For the Nation
The RSC's deputy artistic director Erica Whyman takes on this intensely ambitious project to mark the 400th year of the anniversary of Shakespeare's death....
The Forbidden Zone
After being screened live at the Barbican last year, auteur director Katie Mitchell and the Schaubühne Berlin's 'The Forbidden Zone' call in t the venue...
Isabelle Huppert returns to the stage in this radical take on the Greek myth of a lust-filled stepmother
Greek collective Blitz Theatre Group call in at the Barbican with an otherworldly piece set in a dilapidated ballroom, as six performers dance endlessly in a...
Academy of Ancient Music: The Bach Family
Internationally acclaimed soprano Lucy Crowe joins conductor Reinhard Goebel for a celebration of the Bach family's diverse musical legacy.
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.