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The largest performing arts centre of its kind in Europe, the Barbican is a gift to the UK from the City of London Corporation and was opened by the Queen in 1982. Known for its striking, brutalist architecture, the Centre is once again the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company, which returned after a 12-year absence in 2013. It is also home to both the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the concert hall.

Barbican Theatre

Opens June 30

Simon Russell Beale is set to reprise his acclaimed role as Prospero when Royal Shakespeare Company's production of The Tempest transfers to the Barbican in 2017. Despite only having been open for a week in November before a London transfer was announced, the Gregory Doran-helmed show has already won critical praise in the press. A joint enterprise between RSC and Intel, the computer company provides state-of-the-art projections to recreate the island wasteland that Prospero rules over.

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