The latest content and news from the Barbican. Book tickets at barbican.org.uk
The latest content and news from the Barbican. Book tickets at barbican.org.uk

Theatre

Meet the directors, makers and actors who help us produce and present our rich programme of international theatre, creating dance, theatre and music that hovers on the very edge of classification as we push the boundaries of what theatre could be.

Watch Complicite’s The Encounter

Miss it the first time? Experience Simon McBurney's thrilling performance of The Encounter. Don't forget your headphones
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Making The Tempest

We hear from the creative team behind the RSC's fantastical production, The Tempest
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Livestream: Cheek By Jowl’s The Winter’s Tale

Watch a live performance of Cheek By Jowl's performance of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale from our theatre
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Barbican Meets: Mars.tarrab

Roller derby, gender trouble and female relationships - we meet the creative pair behind ROLLER
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On Female Choreographers

We look towards mould-breaking choreographer, Rocio Molina, performing as part of this year’s Dance Umbrella
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Barbican Meets: Camille O’Sullivan

Ahead of performing in 'Woyzeck in Winter', we learn more about O’Sullivan’s reputation for storytelling through song
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Livestream: Complicite & Schaubühne Berlin’s ‘Beware of Pity’

Watch two of Europe's most imaginative theatre companies collaborate for the first time in the sold out, Beware of Pity
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At the Schaubühne

We visit the home of Schaubühne to learn more about how the space, the audience and the ensemble create a performance
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Inside Toneelgroep Amsterdam’s Barbican Box

We look inside Toneelgroep Amsterdam's first Barbican Box, currently inspiring students around London to create theatre
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In His Words: Valentijn Dhaenens on SmallWaR

'I felt compelled to explore the strongholds and laws of theatre in contrast to the other arts'
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In Her Words: Melly Still on Cymbeline

Director Melly Still discusses gender, time travel and staging Shakespeare's rarely performed play with the RSC.
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An Afrofuturistic Trip with nitroBEAT

Meet the artists who will be leading us on our trip in to the worlds of music, mixed-media, spoken word and theatre.
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Into Australia’s Heartland – The Shadow King

Malthouse Theatre's Jason Tamiru introduces the play that transforms King Lear into a leader of an indigenous community
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In Their Words: Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker

Part pop concert, part controlled chaos - we meet the rigorous director of the riotous Japanese theatre company...
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In Her Words: Katie Mitchell on The Forbidden Zone

‘The challenge is to find a form with which to look at the war anew’
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Reflections on The Dark Mirror

Netia Jones shares some of the creative process behind this exhilarating live performance of Schubert's 'Winterreise'
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Inside the War Room

We learn how our stage will be transformed into the labyrinthine war rooms of Shakespeare's Kings by Jan Versweyveld
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Best of BE Festival: Darragh McLoughlin

'A whole sort of different experience emerged when people closed their eyes. Their imagination flared...'
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Ivo van Hove on ‘Kings of War’

Imagine if Shakespeare's kings were modern-day political leaders. Director Ivo van Hove explores their dark appeal...
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Best of BE Festival: TIDA

'This show really can't be done without the audience. It is a job that we have to figure out together'
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Meet the Mechanicals: Tower Theatre Company

We meet the amateur company who will be our Mechanicals for the London leg of the RSC's 'A Play for a Nation' production
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Best of BE Festival: Carlota Gaviño

'I have a love for Shakespeare and the brutal, sexy words of Romeo and Juliet...'
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Your Complete Works

Your twit makes wise things foolish...But it's all in the name of Shakespeare's 400th birthday
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Directing A Play for the Nation

Director Erica Whyman introduces the RSC’s touring production of 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream'
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Live Stream: Complicite’s The Encounter

Experience storytelling as never before in this live stream of Complicite's sold-out performance, 'The Encounter'
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Getting Personal with Circa

Circa’s Artistic Director, Yaron Lifschitz shares some of the influences behind their brand new performance, The Return
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The Maker of An Extraordinary Theatre

As we prepare to enter the cabinet of curiosities, we meet Figurentheater Tübingen’s master puppeteer, Frank Soehnle.
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Becoming Henry V

Alex Hassell discusses his experience transforming from Prince to King in The RSC’s King & Country season
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Building The Body

Meet the new inhabitants of The Pit... Set designer Myriddin Wannell explains he brought 'The Body' to life.
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Battle of Ideas: why does Shakespeare matter?

Ahead of Battle of Ideas, Kiernan Ryan argues that it’s time to reclaim the idea of Shakespeare’s universality...
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A Visit to Elsinore

Who's there? Enter a world of guilt, betrayal and revenge as Shakespeare's greatest tragedy arrives on our stage.
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#emptybarbican

Before the crowds arrive, before the audiences take their seats, a group of Instagrammers go exploring...
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The Making of ‘Intrusion’

We follow the Boy Blue Entertainment dancers as they take over our empty foyers in their short film, 'Intrusion'.
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Boy Blue Entertainment: Intrusion

Along the deserted highwalks, down into our empty foyers, a strange presence follows a group of dancers after hours...
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On The Possible Impossible House

Forced Entertainment's TIm Etchells shares his experiences creating their first theatre show for young children
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Discovering Ibsen

From candid paparazzi photography to cartoons and sketches, we try to piece together a picture of Henrik Ibsen.
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Ibsen: the unlikely radical

Forbiddingly complex and even more forbiddingly bearded, Andrew Dickson explores the life of Ibsen, our contemporary
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In His Words: Brett Bailey

Director Brett Bailey talks about his new version of Verdi’s Macbeth, set in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Choreographing Kiss & Cry

Choreographer Michele Anne de Mey and writer and filmmaker Jaco Van Dormael discuss the origins of their new show
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Exploring the Barbican Box

21 schools, 555 young people, 9 mentors – 1 Box: we speak to the curators of this year's Barbican Box, Complicite
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Fiona Shaw on ‘The Testament of Mary’

'The story of this woman is as individual as the story of everyone in the audience' - Fiona Shaw on being Mary
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Toni Servillo on ‘Inner Voices’

Multi-award winning actor, Toni Servillo talks to us about his upcoming performance in Eduardo de Filippo's dark comedy
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What is a ‘theatre concert’?

Defying categorisation at all costs, Danish director Nikolaj Cederholm introduces his pioneering ‘theatre concert’ genre
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Compagnie 111: What’s Become of You?

French theatre director Aurélien Bory speaks to Jasper Rees about his beautiful and powerful new production.
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The Magic Makers

We talk to Tom Morris and Handspring Puppet Company about their new puppetry adaptation of Shakespeare's classic play
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The Return of the RSC

We explore why 'Richard II' resonates with audiences today and celebrate the return of The Royal Shakespeare Company.
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Celebrating 30 Years of Complicite

Director of Arts, Louise Jeffreys talks to Complicite about their impact on theatre in the UK and internationally
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In Their Words: Best of BE Festival

'It felt natural to make space for audiences and performers to eat together' - BE introduce this unique theatre festival
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A Gallery ‘Event’: Richard Alston Dance Company

Richard Alston Dance Company bring Merce Cunningham's dynamic work to life amidst 'The Bride and the Bachelors'.
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Unleashed at the Barbican

In a special showcase and celebration of young talent, we look back at the making of the ambitious 'Unleashed'
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Opening the Barbican Box

What stories lie within a battered old suitcase? We talk to curators of this year's Barbican Box, Complicite
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Barbican Portraits: The Theatre

A quiet applause for the hidden beauty that takes place on the other side of the stage as we raise the curtain.
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Cunningham’s RainForest Reimagined

Rambert Dance Company bring new life to Merce Cunningham's iconic choreography in a one night performance in our gallery
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Wayne McGregor|Random Dance in Rain Room

As the rain fell in rAndom International's Rain Room, Wayne McGregor|Random Dance performed their unique choreography
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Simon McBurney and The Master

We talk to director Simon McBurney and actor Paul Rhys about the upcoming return of 'The Master and the Margarita'
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Festive havoc with ’59 Minutes To Save Christmas’

Mischievous elves? Roving Christmas trees? Something strange is afoot in our Foyers...We meet our new festive friends
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In Rain Room – Wayne McGregor|Random Dance

Choreographer Wayne McGregor discusses the making of Random Dance's unique Rain Room performances
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