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Dead Man Walking starring Joyce DiDonatoDead Man Walking starring Joyce DiDonatoThe Grammy award winning mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato leads a magnificent cast as Sister Helen Prejean in a concert of the UK premiere of Jake Heggie's opera exploring the US justice system and capital punishment. Written in 2000 to a libretto by Terrence McNally, Dead Man Walking is based on the real-life story of Sister Helen Prejean, a nun who b2018-02-20T00:00:00+00002018-02-20T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Barbican Hall,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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event > Concerts > Classical
PRICING  £30, £40, £55
DATES  Tuesday 20th February 2018
VENUE  Barbican Hall 
The Grammy award winning mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato leads a magnificent cast as Sister Helen Prejean in a concert of the UK premiere of Jake Heggie's opera e... More about this event
 
Nils FrahmNils FrahmThe minimalist pianist and composer from Germany performs his latest works.2018-02-21T19:30:00+00002018-02-24T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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Nils Frahm
 
Smile Upon Us, LordSmile Upon Us, LordSmile Upon Us, LordStarring a 40-plus cast, Smile Upon Us, Lord is staged at the Barbican by Russia's Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre, led by esteemed Artistic Director Rimas Tuminas whose "tableaus of striking beauty and grace are a hallmark" (New York Times). Adapted from two novels by Lithuanian-born writer Grigory Kanovich, the story illuminates the Jewish expe2018-02-28T00:00:00+00002018-03-03T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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event > Theatre > Adaptations
PRICING  £16-£100
DATES  28th Feb, 1st Mar, 2nd Mar and 3rd Mar 2018
Starring a 40-plus cast, Smile Upon Us, Lord is staged at the Barbican by Russia's Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre, led by esteemed Artistic Director Rimas T... More about this event
 
Another Kind Of Life: Photography On The MarginsAnother Kind Of Life: Photography On The MarginsAnother Kind Of Life: Photography On The MarginsPart of 2018 season The Art of Change, Another Kind of Life at the Barbican explores how photographers and artists take inspiration from those on the margins of society. Through a display of more than 300 works by 20 photographers, taken between 1950 and the present day, it will look at how some of the most powerful images of the 20th and 21st cent2018-02-28T10:00:00+00002018-05-27T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Photography
PRICING  £13.50, concs £9-£11
DATES  28th February to 27th May 2018
Part of 2018 season The Art of Change, Another Kind of Life at the Barbican explores how photographers and artists take inspiration from those on the margins o... More about this event
 
Rickie Lee Jones And Her BandRickie Lee Jones And Her BandGrammy Award-winning, American pop singer-songwriter, known for her experimental approach to her sound and persona.2018-03-02T19:00:00+00002018-03-02T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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Rickie Lee Jones And Her Band
 
Guildhall Symphony OrchestraGuildhall Symphony OrchestraBen Gernon conducts the ensemble and violinist Ionel Manciu in a performance of Anna Clyne's This Midnight Hour, Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No 1 and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 6 In B Minor 'Pateticheskaia'.2018-03-14T19:30:00+00002018-03-14T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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Guildhall Symphony Orchestra
 
Ballet Black: Double BillBallet Black: Double BillBallet Black: Double BillCassa Pancho's Ballet Black appears twice at the Barbican this spring/summer season as the company returns for the third consecutive year following previous sell-out shows. Their first appearance is this Double Bill which features Cathy Marston who choreographs a stage version of The Suit inspired by Can Themba's novel. Completing the evening, Port2018-03-15T00:00:00+00002018-03-17T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Barbican Theatre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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event > Dance > Traditional dance - Mixed Programme
DATES  15th, 16th and 17th March 2018
VENUE  Barbican Theatre 
Cassa Pancho's Ballet Black appears twice at the Barbican this spring/summer season as the company returns for the third consecutive year following previous se... More about this event
 
Field MusicField MusicThe duo, formed of brothers Peter and David Brewis, perform their rock material.2018-03-25T19:30:00+01002018-03-25T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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Field Music
 
CoralineCoralineCoralineThe Barbican stages the world premiere of the Royal Opera's new production, Coraline, created by British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage, who gave us the controversial modern opera of 'Anna Nicole' Smith. Neil Gaiman's story, about a girl who finds a secret door in her house, was made into a film voiced by Dakota Fanning in 2009. Now as an opera for 2018-03-29T00:00:00+01002018-04-07T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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event > Concerts > Opera
PRICING  £10, £25, £37.50, £40
DATES  29th March to 7th April 2018
The Barbican stages the world premiere of the Royal Opera's new production, Coraline, created by British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage, who gave us the controv... More about this event
 
Cheek by Jowl: PericlesCheek by Jowl: PericlesCheek by Jowl: PericlesRenowned French ensemble Cheek By Jowl presents its first Shakespeare production in the French language, performed with English surtitles:Pericles. Last seen here at the Barbican in the explosive Ubu Roi in 2014, Cheek by Jowl gives Pericles an arresting interpretation as the leader of Athens navigates stormy seas, pirates, brothels, incest, shipwr2018-04-06T00:00:00+01002018-04-21T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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event > Theatre > Comedies
PRICING  £16-£30
DATES  6th to 21st April 2018
Renowned French ensemble Cheek By Jowl presents its first Shakespeare production in the French language, performed with English surtitles:Pericles. Last seen h... More about this event
 
The EncounterThe EncounterThe EncounterFirst performed here at the Barbican in 2016 and following a hit Broadway run and international tour, The Encounter, by Complicite Theatre Company returns this spring. In a fusion of noise and narrative, the solo show combines traditional story telling with cutting-edge technology. Inspired by the book Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu, it sees Simon2018-04-14T00:00:00+01002018-05-05T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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event > Theatre > Solo
PRICING  £42
DATES  14th April to 5th May 2018
First performed here at the Barbican in 2016 and following a hit Broadway run and international tour, The Encounter, by Complicite Theatre Company returns this... More about this event
 
Viviana Durante Company - Kenneth MacMillan: Steps Back in TimeViviana Durante Company - Kenneth MacMillan: Steps Back in TimeViviana Durante Company - Kenneth MacMillan: Steps Back in TimeItalian ballerina Viviana Durante directs a programme ofKenneth MacMillan's earliest works at the Barbican's Pit. Having worked with MacMillan at The Royal Ballet, Durante has both danced and revived his creations. To celebrate his legacy and to mark 25 years since his death, she selects extracts from House of Birds and Danses Concertantes and pres2018-04-18T00:00:00+01002018-04-21T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican The Pit,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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event > Dance > Modern Dance - Ballet
DATES  18th, 19th, 20th and 21st Apr 2018
VENUE  Barbican The Pit 
Italian ballerina Viviana Durante directs a programme ofKenneth MacMillan's earliest works at the Barbican's Pit. Having worked with MacMillan at The Royal Bal... More about this event
 
Julie Cunningham & Company: CraveJulie Cunningham & Company: CraveJulie Cunningham & Company: CraveAn enigmatic new dance piece choreographed by Julie Cunningham who made her move into choreography with the double bill, To Be Me, seen here at the Barbican last year. WithCrave she combines dance and spoken word based on Sarah Kane's harrowing play. In her penultimate work, the playwright investigates dark and potent themes including rape, incest,2018-05-10T00:00:00+01002018-05-13T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican The Pit,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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event > Dance > Traditional dance - Modern
DATES  10th, 11th, 12th and 13th May 2018
VENUE  Barbican The Pit 
An enigmatic new dance piece choreographed by Julie Cunningham who made her move into choreography with the double bill, To Be Me, seen here at the Barbican la... More about this event
 
The Royal Ballet: ElizabethThe Royal Ballet: ElizabethThe Royal Ballet: ElizabethFormer Principal of The Royal Ballet Zenaida Yanowsky is Elizabeth I in this dynamic exploration of her life and loves. Covering key moments in the queen's reign, choreographer Will Tuckett and playwright Alasdair Middleton have created a chamber work that weaves together dance, music, text and song. Taking inspiration from letters, diaries, poetry2018-05-16T00:00:00+01002018-05-19T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican Theatre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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event > Dance > Traditional dance - Ballet
DATES  16th, 17th, 18th and 19th May 2018
VENUE  Barbican Theatre 
Former Principal of The Royal Ballet Zenaida Yanowsky is Elizabeth I in this dynamic exploration of her life and loves. Covering key moments in the queen's rei... More about this event
 
Susanne SundforSusanne SundforThe Norwegian singer-songwriter performs her electro-pop works.2018-05-21T19:30:00+01002018-05-21T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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Susanne Sundfor
 
Ben FoldsBen FoldsThe Ben Folds Five frontman-turned-classical artist performs with just a grand piano for company.2018-05-27T19:30:00+01002018-05-27T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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Ben Folds
 
Boy Blue Entertainment: A Night with Boy BlueBoy Blue Entertainment: A Night with Boy BlueBoy Blue Entertainment: A Night with Boy BlueOver fifty performers trained under the award-winning hip-hop dance group, Boy Blue, present an empowering showcase at the Barbican. Under the guidance of Boy Blue's founders Kenrick 'H2O' Sandy and Michael 'Mikey J' Asante, the next generation of dancers perform their groundbreaking choreography and original compositions. Stay on after the Saturda2018-06-01T00:00:00+01002018-06-02T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican Theatre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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event > Clubbing and Nightlife > Dance - Hip Hop
DATES  Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd June 2018
VENUE  Barbican Theatre 
Over fifty performers trained under the award-winning hip-hop dance group, Boy Blue, present an empowering showcase at the Barbican. Under the guidance of Boy ... More about this event
 
The Town Hall Affair: The Wooster GroupThe Town Hall Affair: The Wooster GroupThe Town Hall Affair: The Wooster GroupThe New York-based theatre company The Wooster Group presents a timely look at how the struggle for gender equality has evolved. The Town Hall Affair is a mixed-media piece featuring clips from Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker's documentary Town Bloody Hall. It documents a raucous 1971 debate on women's liberation between American novelist Norman 2018-06-21T00:00:00+01002018-06-24T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican Theatre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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event > Theatre > Shakespearean productions
PRICING  £35
DATES  21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th Jun 2018
VENUE  Barbican Theatre 
The New York-based theatre company The Wooster Group presents a timely look at how the struggle for gender equality has evolved. The Town Hall Affair is a mixe... More about this event
 
Barry Humphries: Weimar CabaretBarry Humphries: Weimar CabaretBarry Humphries: Weimar CabaretLast seen in London in July 2016, Weimar Cabaret is a celebration of Barry Humphries' lifelong passion and fascination with the music of the Weimar Republic. The legendary entertainer, best known for as Dame Edna Everage, sets aside his alter ego to share witty anecdotes and irreverent asides as he narrates in his own inimitable style. He's joined 2018-07-11T00:00:00+01002018-07-29T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican Theatre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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event > Theatre > Comedies
PRICING  From £19
DATES  11th to 29th July 2018
VENUE  Barbican Theatre 
Last seen in London in July 2016, Weimar Cabaret is a celebration of Barry Humphries' lifelong passion and fascination with the music of the Weimar Republic. T... More about this event
 
Barry Humphries' Weimar CabaretBarry Humphries' Weimar CabaretHumphries hosts a seductive evening dedicated to the jazz-infused music of the Weimar Republic, performed in both English and German by cabaret diva and fellow Australian, Meow Meow, accompanied live on stage by the Aurora Orchestra.2018-07-11T19:45:00+01002018-07-29T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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Barry Humphries' Weimar Cabaret
 
The Second ViolinistThe Second ViolinistThe Second ViolinistThe latest collaboration between Irish playwright Enda Walsh and composer Donnacha Dennehy, The Second Violinist is a modern opera that tells the foreboding story of a life falling apart. The drama at the Barbican unfolds as Martin, an orchestral violinist, is consumed by social media platforms, morbid fantasies and violent video games. Seeking sol2018-09-06T00:00:00+01002018-09-08T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican Theatre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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event > Concerts > Opera - Contemporary opera
PRICING  £16-£40
DATES  6th, 7th and 8th September 2018
VENUE  Barbican Theatre 
The latest collaboration between Irish playwright Enda Walsh and composer Donnacha Dennehy, The Second Violinist is a modern opera that tells the foreboding st... More about this event
 
Boy Blue Entertainment: Blak Whyte GrayBoy Blue Entertainment: Blak Whyte GrayBoy Blue's critically acclaimed Blak Whyte Gray returns to the Barbican, following its Olivier Award nomination in 2017. Created by Boy Blue's founders Kenrick 'H2O' Sandy and Michael 'Mikey J' Asante, the piece pairs hip-hop dance with the rhythmical groove of music and moves evoking Africa. Giving expression to experiences of contemporary life in2018-09-12T00:00:00+01002018-09-15T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican Theatre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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event > Dance > Traditional dance - Modern
DATES  12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Sep 2018
VENUE  Barbican Theatre 
Boy Blue's critically acclaimed Blak Whyte Gray returns to the Barbican, following its Olivier Award nomination in 2017. Created by Boy Blue's founders Kenrick... More about this event
 
Joan ArmatradingJoan ArmatradingThe blues-rock singer-songwriter performs a mix of new material and old classics.2018-09-13T19:30:00+01002018-09-13T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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Joan Armatrading
 
Professor Brian Cox presents The PlanetsProfessor Brian Cox presents The PlanetsOpening the BBC Symphony Orchestra's 2018-19 season at the Barbicanwith a big bang, the orchestra joins forces with Professor Brian Cox and conductor Ben Gernon to take a fresh musical and visual look at Holst's The Planets, 100 years to the day since the celebrated work received its premiere. Music meets science in a fascinating visual and aural e2018-09-29T00:00:00+01002018-09-29T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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event > Concerts > Classical
DATES  Saturday 29th September 2018
Opening the BBC Symphony Orchestra's 2018-19 season at the Barbicanwith a big bang, the orchestra joins forces with Professor Brian Cox and conductor Ben Gerno... More about this event
 
They Might Be GiantsThey Might Be GiantsAmerican musicians John Flansburgh, John Linnell and crew present their experimental indie-rock tunes from the album, I Like Fun.2018-10-03T19:30:00+01002018-10-03T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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They Might Be Giants
 
Modern CouplesModern Couples2018-10-10T10:00:00+01002019-01-27T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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Modern Couples
 
 
 

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Exhibitions | From 23rd February 

House of Illustration

This February, The House of Illustration presents the UK's first ever exhibition of graphic design from North Korea. Made in North Korea: Everyday Graphics from the DPRK draws ...More

Friday Late: Future of Dating
Exhibitions | On 23rd February 

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum

The latest Friday Late at the V&A looks at the Future of Dating. The free event looks at how the onslaught of dating apps has led to the ...More

DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes
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Exhibitions | From 23rd February 

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London Sinfonietta
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