Sarah Hemming learns why Richard II resonates with audiences today and reveals details of an exciting new partnership between the Barbican and the RSC.
‘It’s a dangerous play,’ says Gregory Doran, artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. ‘People in power have always found it disconcerting, because they don’t like to see how power corrupts and how power fails.’
Doran is not talking about a tough piece of contemporary drama, but about Richard II, one of Shakespeare’s most lyrically beautiful plays, which the RSC brings to the Barbican in December, with David Tennant in the lead. Though it is known for its eloquent, elegiac descriptions of England, Doran suggests that the power struggle it depicts could not be more topical for today’s audiences.
In suitably colourful and vibrant style, our Pop inspired animation introduces Pop Art Design, sparking the exploration of the exciting exchange of ideas between art and design to be discovered in this comprehensive exhibition.
Animation by Alice Dunseath, Alice Loveday Dupre, Milo Targett and James Turzynski.
Pop Art Design is open until 9 February 2014.
Explore key works from Pop Art Design and hear from the leading voices of Pop by downloading the free exhibition app: www.barbican.org.uk/apps
In a fitting tribute to Benjamin Britten’s dynamic works, his famed church parable, Curlew River was brought to life in three special performances at St Giles, Cripplegate as part of our two-week Barbican Britten celebration.
Under the direction of multimedia artist Netia Jones with live music by Britten Sinfonia and an outstanding British cast led by tenor, Ian Bostridge, Curlew River offered a unique way to experience Britten’s powerful music in such an intimate space.
We capture some of this haunting production and speak to director Netia Jones and the ‘Madwoman’ Ian Bostridge in this short film:
Curlew River took place at St Giles, Cripplegate on Thu 14 - Sat 16 November 2013 as part of Barbican Britten: www.barbican.org.uk/britten