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Theatre and Dance Season Launch 2017

Welcoming back artists and companies to the Barbican Theatre and The Pit, this new ambitious dance programme features two Olivier-nominees: Artistic Associate Michael Clark Company who returns with new material and choreography set to a soundtrack by Patti Smith and David Bowie, as well as Rocío Molina, whose newest piece explores womanhood as part of Dance Umbrella.

Paying tribute to the late Japanese theatre director Yukio Ninagawa, we bring his epoch-making Macbeth to the Theatre this October, a production that introduced the UK to the Ninagawa Company 30 years ago. The Barbican’s co-commission of Landmark Productions and the Galway International Arts Festival Woyzeck in Winter, makes its UK premiere in the Theatre, interweaving songs from Schubert’s Winterreise with Büchner’s dramatic masterpiece Woyzeck.

Taking inspiration from the Barbican Art Gallery’s exhibition around the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat this September, nitroBEAT returns to The Pit with Suckerpunch Boom Suite, a new performance responding to some of the themes of Basquiat’s wide-ranging work.

The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein, returns to The Pit in November with her newest work Notorious, blurring the lines between live art, theatre and fine art. To coincide with Notorious, The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein leads a practical weekend for young adults, exploring pop feminism in response to the production. Following Notorious in The Pit, we present the second run of CN Lester’s Transpose: Barbican, a theatrical journey with artists from the queer and trans communities who share stories in a multi-disciplinary form.

Winners of this year’s Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award, Mars.tarrab perform the world premiere of ROLLER  in The Pit, a co-production investigating female competition, ageing and power in roller derby.

This winter the Royal Shakespeare Company returns to the Barbican with a thrilling London season, Rome MMXVII, comprising four of Shakespeare’s most gripping plays. Exploring the decadence, politics and corruption of Ancient Rome, Coriolanus and Julius Caesar are followed by Antony & Cleopatra and Titus Andronicus in the Theatre. To coincide with the season, RSC director Iqbal Khan runs an intensive practical weekend in response to his production of Antony & Cleopatra at the Barbican.

And at Christmas-time, we bring the egg theatre and Travelling Light Theatre Company’s festive production of Snow Mouse for babies and the very young, a tale of an endearing puppet and performer who embark on an adventure in a magical forest.


Read the full theatre press release in our newsroom.