2017-2018 | Barbican Centre Directed by Iqbal Khan
Following Caesar’s assassination, Mark Antony has reached the heights of power. Now he has neglected his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Torn between love and duty, Antony’s military brilliance deserts him, and his passion leads the lovers to their tragic end.Read more
2016-2016 | Barbican Centre Directed by Yoann Bourgeois
A vast wooden platform has been suspended from the ceiling. Six performers stand on top of it as it spins and tilts, often at great speed. It shakes, it quakes, it pivots, while they struggle to stay upright, while they skid and tumble and collide. Sometimes their movements are graceful and precise, like a dance, at other times it’s all they can do to keep their footing.
Yoann Bourgeois’ He Who Falls – part of the boldly programmed London International Mime Festival –is an exhilarating piece of theatre. Watching it is often an intensely physical experience. Your heart would leap into your mouth were your stomach not already there. The timing is impeccable, the sense of risk real. When the platform swings across the stage like a galleon it misses them by millimetres.
For all its physical daring, there’s delicacy and beauty here too, the breath-stealing sequences interspersed with gentler moments. Bourgeois has created a kind of body poem. While the platform often feels like a plaything, to be danced upon and dangled from, like a giant seesaw or a climbing wall, a game of human Buckaroo, there’s also eloquence to the way the performers behave when the ground shifts beneath their feet, when they can no longer trust the thing they’re standing on. There’s something aching in the way they flock together and support one another. But there’s also a wry sense of humour in evidence, a bit of necessary wit. All in all it’s quite an experience, tender and terrifying in equal measure, exquisitely dizzying.Read more
2015-2015 | Barbican Centre Directed by Paul Hunter
Enter a world of artfully controlled chaos.
There’s a mysterious bag that drops from a height.
Shoes have magical powers.
And the strangest egg sandwich is made in front of your eyes.
Physical comedy, live music, acrobatics, silly dancing and audience interaction all feature in this 'madcap little gem'(Time Out) - a Christmas show for kids and adults of all ages. Told by an Idiot has looked to the work of Charlie Chaplin, Dr Seuss and Pina Bausch to fashion an unexpected variety performance, bursting with quirky playfulness and off-the-wall humour.
2015-2016 | Barbican Centre Directed by Gregory Doran
Gregory Doran’s production of Shakespeare’s most famous history play debuted at Stratford-upon-Avon in 2015, the 600th anniversary year of the Battle of Agincourt, upon which Henry V turns. It then transferred to the Barbican in London, where it became part of the RSC’s season of plays marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016. Alex Hassell, fresh from playing Prince Hal in the RSC’s Henry IV Part I and Part II, reprised his role, this time as the newly crowned King Henry. Running against a backdrop of great international unrest, Doran’s interpretation was studiously neutral on the subject of war, focusing instead on the hesitant young king’s gradual assumption of statesmanship. Stephen Brimson Lewis’s stripped-back set and Tim Mitchell’s subtle lighting complemented the sense that this production was less about victory and patriotism than about the psychological evolution of a great man in the making.Read more
2015-2015 | Barbican Centre Directed by Timothy Sheader
Acclaimed as ‘dramatic gold’ by The Times and starring Robert Sean Leonard, this enthralling stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel returns to London, following two sell-out seasons at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
Set in the Deep South, To Kill a Mockingbird sees racial injustice envelop a small-town community. Through courage and compassion, lawyer Atticus Finch seeks the truth while his feisty daughter Scout – a girl on the cusp of adulthood – brings new hope to a neighbourhood in turmoil.
Capturing the warmth and poignancy of Lee’s 20th-century classic – a universal story about the corruption of innocence – the production premiered in 2013. The award-winning revival now comes to the Barbican at the conclusion of its UK tour, with popular American screen and stage actor Leonard reprising the role of Finch exclusively for our Barbican season.Read more
2011-2011 | Barbican Centre Directed by Bartlett Sher
Set during World War II, South Pacific is the sweeping romantic story of two couples, threatened by the realities of war. The classic and timeless score includes Some Enchanted Evening, I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair and There is Nothin’ Like a Dame. With a cast of 40 and a live orchestra of 25, this international hit landmark production makes its European premiere at the Barbican for a strictly limited 7 week London season.Read more
2011-2011 | Barbican Centre Directed by Deborah Warner
The London gossip scene is buzzing. Masquerading behind the veneer of polite society, malicious prattlers trade gossip like gamblers and ruin reputations for sport. In The School for Scandal one thing is certain- no-one is safe. Sheridan’s most popular comedy is revived by Jessica Swale (Evening Standard Award nominee) in this sparkling period production.
But let’s be honest, what could be more fun than an evening with these devilish double dealers? After all, who doesn’t love a good scandal?Read more
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