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Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

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Barbican Theatre is part of the Barbican Centre complex.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Year opened: 1982
Capacity: 1,156

  • Concession stands
  • Merchandise booths
  • Air conditioning
  • In-house bar
  • Coat check

The Barbican Theatre is part of the Barbican Centre in the City of London. The Barbican centre was opened in 1982 as a gift to the nation, hosting a wide range of productions and arts events, including classical and contemporary concerts, film screenings and art exhibitions. The venue is home to the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Shakespeare Company. The Barbican Theatre was designed solely for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Upcoming Highlights

  • Cymbeline

    Booking until Dec 22

  • King Lear

    Booking until Dec 23

  • Roman Tragedies

    Opens Mar 17, 2017

  • Obsession

    Opens Apr 19, 2017

  • The Tempest

    Opens Jun 30, 2017


Until December 22, 2016

Whilst originally pegged as one of the Bard's tragedies, Cymbeline is far more complex than that, with shades of romance and comedy in this tale of innocence and envy, grasps for power and eventual reconciliation for a dysfunctional royal family, led by an incompetent Queen. Usually set in Ancient Britain, the RSC has updated the play for the 21st century, placing it in a strange dystopian Britain on the brink of disaster, where the powerplay is just as bloody and relevant.

King Lear

Until December 23, 2016

Antony Sher takes on Shakespeare's most iconic King as plays the part of King Lear - Shakespeare's infamous 'mad king' who tests his three daughters' love for him, giving away portions of his kingdom as a prize, but learns to his detriment that flattery is not the same as loyalty or devotion.

Roman Tragedies

March 17-19, 2017

Dutch stage master Ivo van Hove's innovative production splices three of Shakespeare's epic classical tragedies into an epic modern setting, with you, the audience free to move about. Staged as a live political event with non-stop news coverage projected upon the walls, be prepared to be sucked into the action as you watch tightly edited versions of Coriolanus, Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra play out before you. It's Shakespeare as you've never expected.


April 19-May 20, 2017

Sought out director Ivo Van Hove returns to London with this brand new adaptation of Visconti's 1943 film masterpiece, after scooping a slew of Tony nominations for his recent, searing productions of The View From The Bridge and The Crucible. Starring Jude Law as charismatic vagrant Gino, who falls deeply and passionately for bored, married Giovanna and begins an affair that spirals into horrifying, chilling circumstances.

The Tempest

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June 30-August 18, 2017

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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