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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

  • Phaedra

    Opens Jun 09

  • The Alchemist

    Opens Sep 02

  • Doctor Faustus

    Opens Sep 07

  • Cymbeline

    Opens Oct 31

  • Roman Tragedies

    Opens Mar 17, 2017


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.

The Alchemist

September 2-October 1, 2016

The Royal Shakespeare Company bring their new production of Ben Jonson's landmark satire The Alchemist to London this autumn. The story of a duplicitous butler who takes advantage of his master's absence from London to run his own nefarious crime ring from his house, alongside a circle of down and outs who are happy to help prey on the desperate souls that stumble into their paths.

Doctor Faustus

September 7-October 1, 2016

Direct from The Swan Theatre in Stratford the RSC present their newest iteration of Marlowe's classic tale of greed, vanity and eternal damnation. The story of an academic who, upon reaching the limits of learning, summons a demon from the depths of hell and brokers a deal with the devil; All the magical powers he desires for four and twenty years, in return for his most precious commodity, his soul...


October 31-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.

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.

July '16

Jul 15, 2016

September '16

Sep 2-Oct 1, 2016

Sep 26, 2016

October '16

Sep 2-Oct 1, 2016

Oct 31-Dec 22, 2016

November '16

Oct 31-Dec 22, 2016

Nov 10-Dec 23, 2016

December '16

Nov 10-Dec 23, 2016

Oct 31-Dec 22, 2016

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