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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

  • Henry IV Part I

    Opens Dec 12

  • Henry IV Part I

    Opens Dec 14

  • Richard II

    Opens Jan 07, 2016

  • Phaedra

    Opens Jun 09, 2016

Henry IV Part I

December 12-29, 2015

The highly acclaimed Henry IV plays once again returns to London's Barbican starring Antony Sher as notorious libertine and fixer Sir John Falstaff. The creator of the five-star production Richard II, RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran explores Shakespeare's "history" plays at the Barbican with Henry IV Parts I and II, which portray an epic, comic and thrilling vision of a nation in turmoil.

Henry IV Part I

December 14-29, 2015

Antony Sher returns with the RSC to London's Barbican to restage the hit Kings and Country's series of Shakespeare's plays. Henry IV has been split once again into two separate productions, with this, Part II providing an uproarious and chaotic conclusion to the story. Part II carries on where we left off, with Hal facing the imminent death of his father, and the prospect of choosing between his royal duty and loyalty to a corrupt Falstaff. Sher is joined by Jasper Britton as Henry IV and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal, also returning to reprise their roles.

Richard II

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January 7-22, 2016

The first in Shakespeare's four great plays about the tumultuous fortunes of the Houses of York and Lancaster, Richard II is once again led by David Tennant and directed by Gregory Doran following a successful run in 2013. The cycle of plays is part of the 400th anniversary commemorations of Shakespeare's death, and will be one of the biggest events to hit the Barbican following Benedict Cumberbatch's critically acclaimed turn in Hamlet.


June 9-18, 2016

Celebrated French actress Isabelle Huppert makes a welcome return to the London stage after more than 20 years when she stars as the titular queen originally of Greek myth next year at the Barbican. With the play being relocated to the modern world, it will be directed by radical Polish artistic director Krzysztof Warlikowski of Warsaw's Nowy Teatr, who is recognised for his controversial work in revigorating ancient plays for modern European audiences. Using the provocative text from the late Sarah Kane's play Phaedra's Love, and inserting extracts from J M Coetzee's novel Elizabeth Costello, the desires of the ancient anti-heroine will be brought to stark, heartbreaking life.

November '15

Until Dec 30, 2015

December '15

Until Dec 30, 2015

January '16

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