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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.
Opens Nov 06
Opens Nov 24
Antony and Cleopatra
Opens Nov 30
Opens Dec 07
Opens Mar 29, 2018
November 6-18, 2017
Coriolanus, a fearsome warrior but a reluctant leader. Pressured by his ambitious mother Coriolanus' path into parliament is forged for him. Coriolanus can't seem to shake his ruthless, soldier persona in order to become the leader he dreams to be. His search for power leads him into dangerous allegiances which result in his ultimate demise.
November 24, 2017-January 20, 2018
Who will win the race to claim the empire? Julius Caesar returns from war, the all-victorious emperor of Rome but mutiny is rumbling through the corridors of power. This Shakespeare classic is full of spin and betrayal, who will come out alive?
November 30, 2017-January 20, 2018
Picking up where Julius Caesar ended, Mark Antony is at the hight of his power following Caesar's assassination. However, he leaves his empire for a life of seduction and decadence with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Mark Antony becomes torn between love and duty, as his military brilliant deserts him his relationship with Cleopatra is thrown into danger.
December 7, 2017-January 19, 2018
Blanche McIntyre brings this classic into the modern day, providing a chilling and contemporary outlook onto 2017. Titus Andronicus returns from a 10-year war where he lost 21 sons. Feeling betrayed by his nation and his family in tatters Titus embarks on a violent cycle of revenge with Tamora, Queen of the Goths. Rape, cannibalism, mutilation and murder ensue making it one of Shakespeare's bloodiest plays.
March 29-April 7, 2018
Avant-garde opera creator Mark-Anthony Turnage returns next March with a world premiere new work, based on the beloved and creepy story by award-winning novellist Neil Gaiman. Having previously brought us eyebrow-raising opera titles including Greek, The Silver Tassie and Anna Nicole, Coraline marks his first collaboration with The Royal Opera. So grab your yellow rain macs and star-patterned tops, when it heads to the Barbican next spring!
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