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Please check with the theatre for information on the recommended age groups for this performance Genre - Drama
Sizwe Banzi is Dead
On from 09 May 2007 to 26 May 2007
Barbican
by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona

Internationally renowned director Peter Brook presents Sizwe Banzi is Dead; an engaging and humorous production based on the life of the urban black community in South Africa during Apartheid.

In French with English surtitles.

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Moving Africa 3 - Two Double Bills of Contemporary African Dance
On from 04 Jun 2007 to 16 Jun 2007
Barbican
by Musa Hlatshwayo - Mhayise Productions, Andreya Ouamba - Companie 1er Temps, Neliswe Xaba and Seydou Boro - Compagnie Salia ni Seydou

The first double bill contrasts duets by emerging African choreographers. Umthombi poignantly tells the story of a boy’s coming of age, while Impro-Visé_2 stirs up a vivid sense of life on the streets. The second features performances by celebrated African dancer-choreographers. Plasticization is a light hearted solo by Neliswe Xaba and Seydou Boro performs a confessional monologue in C’est à Dire.

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Please check with the theatre for information on the recommended age groups for this performance Genre - Drama Genre - Classic
Cymbeline
On from 24 May 2007 to 23 Jun 2007
Barbican
by William Shakespeare a Cheek by Jowl Production

Written at the height of Shakespeare’s powers, Cymbeline has been described as his most surprising, anarchic and moving play.

Cheek by Jowl is celebrated across six continents for its groundbreaking productions of British and European classics. Known for its distinctive style, the company is a master at the art of vivid storytelling, through the explosive fusion of text with movement and music.

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AfroReggae -From the Favela to the World
On from 28 Jun 2007 to 29 Jun 2007
Barbican
by AfroReggae

Established in the favela of Vigário Geral, AfroReggae work within the poorest and most violent communities in Rio de Janeiro. Their musical militancy is a forceful alternative to gunfire.

From the Favela to the World brings to the Barbican stage a base-line experience of Brazilian culture: the beat of the favela, the shanty-town sound. Their multi-style performance is a skilful combination of the most vital movements in Brazilian culture, from Tropicalismo to mangue beat, from Paulista rap to samba-reggae, from capoeira to carioca funk.

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama Genre - Comedy
Floating
On from 19 May 2007 to 30 Jun 2007
Barbican
by Hoipolloi a Hugh Hughes production

It is a surprisingly little known fact that on 1 April 1982 the Isle of Anglesey broke free from the Welsh mainland and drifted into the North Atlantic. Trapped on board, and desperate to escape, was Hugh Hughes.

Colourful, playful and energetic, Edinburgh Festival Award winner Hoipolloi tells the extraordinary story of an island’s journey across the Atlantic.

Beautifully comic and illuminating, Floating amuses and delights whilst asking: are we defined by where we come from?

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Genre - New Writing
The Terrific Electric
On from 04 Sep 2007 to 15 Sep 2007
Barbican
by Boileroom

Boileroom investigates technology using a theatre of moving images, absurd humour and vivid tableaux to evoke the shock and wonder of the dawning electrical era.

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Genre - Classic
The Burial at Thebes - translated by Seamus Heaney
On from 18 Sep 2007 to 29 Sep 2007
Barbican
by Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company

This dramatic tale of conflict between personal loyalties and responsibility to the state translated by Heaney has a remarkably epic and lyrical quality.

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Genre - Classic
A Disappearing Number
On from 05 Sep 2007 to 06 Oct 2007
Barbican
by Complicite

A story about connections between ideas, cultures and times, as English mathematician GH Hardy seeks to comprehend the ideas of the Indian prodigy Srinivasa Ramanujan.

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Gilgamesh
On from 03 Oct 2007 to 13 Oct 2007
Barbican
by Uncle Semolina (& Friends)

This radical reinterpretation of Gilgamesh, the oldest story in the world, is high-energy, brutal and multi-layered theatre. Epic theatre, played out on a tiny scale, with a thrash metal soundtrack.

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Genre - Musical Genre - Comedy
Heard It On The Wireless
On from 16 Oct 2007 to 20 Oct 2007
Barbican
by The Kransky Sisters

Venturing out from the intensely private world of their old family home in rural Queensland, The Kransky Sisters arrive with stories of their travels and some very unique home-spun renditions of popular tunes.

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Connect Transfer
On from 17 Oct 2007 to 20 Oct 2007
Barbican
by Shen Wei Dance Arts

Creating striking architectural and sculptural shapes, Shen Wei’s dancers paint their own movements onto a giant white canvas, bringing the stage alive with another dimension.

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Rider Spoke
On from 11 Oct 2007 to 21 Oct 2007
Barbican
by Blast Theory

Take a cycle ride in the streets around the Barbican. A games console mounted on your handlebars will guide you as you roll through the City of London.

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Genre - Drama
Roadkill
On from 30 Oct 2007 to 10 Nov 2007
Barbican
by Splintergroup

A couple are stranded in the Australian outback, with a car that won't start, next to a phone box that doesn't work, and their water is running out. They only have each other. Then someone quite unwelcome arrives...

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Stravinsky Project
On from 31 Oct 2007 to 10 Nov 2007
Barbican
by Michael Clark Company

Michael Clark’s three year Stravinsky Project culminates with a new work, I do, presented alongside O and Mmm… in one highly charged evening.

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Small Metal Objects
On from 31 Oct 2007 to 10 Nov 2007
Barbican
by Back to Back Theatre

This ingenious theatrical gem unfolds amidst the commuter rush at Stratford Station. Sitting above the main concourse with you own set of headphones, you'll be wired into a secret and intensely personal drama as it unfolds somewhere in the crowd.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
Honour Bound
On from 14 Nov 2007 to 17 Nov 2007
Barbican
by Sydney Opera House and Malthouse Theatre

Set inside a towering metal cage, Honour Bound uses spectacular aerial acrobatics, theatre, dance and film to tell the story of Australian David Hicks and his incarceration in Guantanamo Bay.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Comedy Genre - New Writing
Office Party 2007
On from 13 Dec 2007 to 29 Dec 2007
Barbican
by Christopher Green and Ursula Martinez

It's party time! Dig out your flashing snowman earrings and your musical Santa ties, spice up your suit with a touch of tinsel, and get ready for the most unavoidable event in the festive calendar – the work Christmas bash.

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This play is ideal for families and children under 12 Genre - Comedy Genre - Musical Genre - Kids Theatre
Jack and the Beanstalk
On from 01 Dec 2007 to 12 Jan 2008
Barbican
by bite

Fee Fi Fo Fum I smell the blood of an Englishman… Once again the Barbican presents a seasonal panto for all the family. Join our hero Jack on an adventure that starts when he swaps his mother's cow for a handful of magic beans.

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Triple Bill: Duo, Montevideoaki and while going to a condition
On from 15 Jan 2008 to 19 Jan 2008
Barbican
by Hiroaki Umeda/S20

Three ultra-contemporary pieces which flash between the sublime and the violent. Street dance and Japanese Butoh combine in a radically minimalist aesthetic, featuring fluid elegance and sudden shock waves of movement.

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12 and above - recommended age group
Paso Doble
On from 16 Jan 2008 to 19 Jan 2008
Barbican
by Miquel Barceló and Josef Nadj

Ten tons of wet clay become a playground for an artist and a choreographer in this adventurous collaboration. With startling physicality the two performers axe, sling, slap, shape and reshape the soft clay, using giant tools and their own bodies to produce amazing shapes and structures.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - New Writing
Dead Wedding
On from 22 Jan 2008 to 26 Jan 2008
Barbican
by Faulty Optic and Mira Calix

This reinvention of the Orpheus myth is a macabre mix of puppetry, film and opera. The story unfolds in Hades, the land of the dead – a surreal landscape populated by desperate souls and corroding memories.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Comedy Genre - Musical
James son of James
On from 05 Feb 2008 to 09 Feb 2008
Barbican
by Fabulous Beast

James son of James is a story of accidental heroism, hero worship, sadness, love, power, betrayal and revenge, told through dance, song and comedy.

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Genre - Drama Genre - Classic
Hedda Gabler
On from 27 Feb 2008 to 01 Mar 2008
Barbican
by Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin

This audacious production brings Ibsen's drama into a contemporary German city. As rain pours down outside a sleek, modern apartment, the tense relationship between newlyweds Hedda and Tesman periodically erupts in bursts of violence that shatter the suburban calm.

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Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama
Tough time, nice time
On from 13 Feb 2008 to 15 Mar 2008
Barbican
by Ridiculusmus

A secret, a spa in Bangkok and two naked Germans… Martin, an ex-rent boy drug-dealing lawyer, offers to share his tales of misfortune with Stefan, a jaded hack writer on a junket.

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Musical
The Harder They Come
On from 06 Mar 2008 to 05 Apr 2008
Barbican
by Perry Henzel

Following two sell out runs at Theatre Royal Stratford East, the musical magic of The Harder They Come hits the Barbican.

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Genre - New Writing Genre - Musical
Instructions for Modern Living
On from 01 Apr 2008 to 05 Apr 2008
Barbican
by Duncan Sarkies and Nic McGowan

This comic-tragic multimedia collage is a time capsule of urban life in the small hours of the night. Music, dialogue, and huge video images of nocturnal surveillance footage create an eerie, hypnotic atmosphere, setting the scene for some captivating tales of people who find it hard to sleep.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - New Writing
Molora
On from 09 Apr 2008 to 19 Apr 2008
Barbican
by Yael Farber

In this reworking of the ancient Greek Oresteia Trilogy, Klytemnestra and Elektra, mother and daughter, face one another in a dramatic confrontation. Their attempts to come to terms with their violent past echo the testimonies delivered in the wake of apartheid all over South Africa as part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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Please check with the theatre for information on the recommended age groups for this performance Genre - Musical Genre - New Writing
Vula
On from 23 Apr 2008 to 03 May 2008
Barbican
by The Conch

Performed on a stage flooded with water, Vula (Fijian for ‘moon’) combines magic and illusion with traditional song and dance.

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Genre - Musical
Homeland
On from 30 Apr 2008 to 03 May 2008
Barbican
by Laurie Anderson

Using the synthetic language of technology and the sensuous language of song writing, Homeland explores 21st century America and its obsessions with security and information, the relationship between fear and freedom, and the persistent new vocabulary of war.

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Genre - New Writing
In Spitting Distance
On from 07 May 2008 to 17 May 2008
Barbican
by Taher Najib

A penetrative look, laced with black humour, at life in the midst of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the experience of being an Arabic traveller since the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre.

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Genre - Drama
Boris Godunov
On from 13 May 2008 to 17 May 2008
Barbican
by Cheek by Jowl

Pushkin’s lyrical masterpiece is a gripping exposé of the seductive appeal of power and the terrible price that must be paid for it. Money, corruption, sex and blood thicken this sinuous and radical play, which was inspired by Shakespeare’s histories.

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Genre - Drama Genre - Classic
Troilus and Cressida
On from 22 May 2008 to 14 Jun 2008
Barbican
by Cheek by Jowl

The Trojan War, the defining legend of western literature, is stripped to its raw heart in Shakespeare’s scathing satire on glory, chivalry and doomed love. After seven years of fighting, the Greeks and the Trojans have reached a stalemate. As each renews its thirst for bloodshed, they discover that heroes and heroines do not only fall in battle.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama
Hysteria
On from 04 Jun 2008 to 14 Jun 2008
Barbican
by Grupo XIX de Teatro

This performance takes place in the evocative surroundings of The Great Hall at St Bart’s Hospital. It explores the lives of 19th century women interred in mental institutions and looks at the connections between their experiences and those of women today.

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Genre - Comedy Genre - New Writing
Story of a Rabbit
On from 11 Jun 2008 to 21 Jun 2008
Barbican
by Hugh Hughes

When Hugh finds his neighbour’s rabbit lying dead in his garden, the only sensible thing to do is to put it in a box. But it doesn’t fit. As he puzzles over what to do with the body he starts to wonder how much of life disappears when we die...

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Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
Running the Silk Road
On from 24 Jun 2008 to 28 Jun 2008
Barbican
by Yellow Earth Theatre

In 2008, the year of the Beijing Olympics, a group of friends from London set off on an epic journey along the ancient Silk Road trading route to China. They cross the isolated terrain of central Asia, carrying with them an alternative Olympic flame to represent the dangers of global warming.

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Genre - Drama
Black Watch
On from 20 Jun 2008 to 26 Jul 2008
Barbican
by National Theatre of Scotland

Viewed through the eyes of those on the ground, Black Watch reveals what it means to be part of the legendary Scottish regiment, what it means to be part of the war on terror, and what it means to make the journey home again.

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Lipsynch
On from 06 Sep 2008 to 14 Sep 2008
Barbican
by Robert Lepage

This latest ensemble work from Robert Lepage and Ex Machina is an epic panorama linking nine lives spanning seven decades, and spinning stories that are surprising, funny and moving.

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Helium
On from 03 Sep 2008 to 20 Sep 2008
Barbican
by Slung Low

This imaginative installation tells the story of Bella’s quest to discover her grandfather’s hidden past. From the inside of a Lancaster Bomber, to a magic show in 1920s London, we uncover the mysteries concealed by a series of helium balloons.

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Speeches
On from 13 Sep 2008 to 21 Sep 2008
Barbican
by Lone Twin

Following Spiral in bite07, Lone Twin returns with another unique site specific performance.

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Favelization
On from 25 Sep 2008 to 27 Sep 2008
Barbican
by AfroReggae

Rio’s cultural warriors are back with a brand new show accentuating the positive. Following a successful year performing across India, China, United States and Europe, AfroReggae returns to the Barbican with an explosion of percussion, providing a pulsating peripheral vision that sees art where others see no solution.

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The Unknown
On from 01 Oct 2008 to 02 Oct 2008
Barbican
by Cecile Feza Bushidi

Powerful and lyrical, this dance piece is an evocation of intimacy and (mis)communication between an elderly man and a young woman who possess contrasting world views.

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XOWER, CRISES, BIPED, CRWDSPCR, SPLIT SIDES
On from 30 Sep 2008 to 04 Oct 2008
Barbican
by Merce Cunningham Dance Company

With John Cage’s Aria and Fontana Mix performed live, and décor by Robert Rauschenberg, Merce Cunningham’s latest work XOVER engages 13 dancers. At its heart it is a beautiful duet.

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona
On from 08 Oct 2008 to 18 Oct 2008
Barbican
by Nos do Morro

A fresh, raw and energetic performance of one of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies tells the tale of friendship, love and betrayal.

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A Disappearing Number
On from 10 Oct 2008 to 01 Nov 2008
Barbican
by Complicite

Following its triumph during bite07, multi award-winning hit A Disappearing Number, returns by popular demand.

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Romeo & Juliet, On Motifs of Shakespeare
On from 05 Nov 2008 to 08 Nov 2008
Barbican
by Mark Morris Dance Group

Following the outstanding success of Mozart Dances (bite07), Mark Morris returns to bite with a new production of Romeo and Juliet set to Prokofiev's original score, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.

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Delirium
On from 05 Nov 2008 to 22 Nov 2008
Barbican
by Theatre O

A radical re-interpretation of The Brothers Karamazov – Dostoevsky’s classic and compelling tale of family rivalries.

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Daedalus & Icarus
On from 25 Nov 2008 to 29 Nov 2008
Barbican
by Mungu Theatre Company

Loosely based on the Greek myth, this production, both poignant and funny, explores the complexities of power through the relationship between a father and his son.

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Quartet: A Journey North
On from 02 Dec 2008 to 06 Dec 2008
Barbican
by Mehr Theatre Group

This documentary-style performance takes us deep into the motivations of the human mind.

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Power of A Cliche
On from 07 Dec 2008 to 07 Dec 2008
Barbican
by Haleh Anvari

A compelling spoken word performance and slide show by writer/photographer Haleh Anvari, exploring the representation of Iranian women in the West and in Iran.

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School of Dance
On from 03 Dec 2008 to 20 Dec 2008
Barbican
by Miss High Leg Kick & Boogaloo Stu

Learn to dance in double-quick time and make new friends in a fun, fast and flirty celebration of Latin American dancing.

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Genre - Comedy
Ida Barr: So this is Christmas...
On from 10 Dec 2008 to 23 Dec 2008
Barbican
by Christopher Green

Former music hall singer turned elderly rap star and purveyor of her own brand of RnB Artificial Hip Hop, Ida Barr is leaving her retirement home behind this Yuletide to bring you a ‘flava’ of Christmas in this interactive festive delight.

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Genre - Kids Theatre
Hansel and Gretel
On from 01 Dec 2008 to 04 Jan 2009
Barbican
by Catherine Wheels Theatre Company

This reinvention of Grimm’s classic fairytale is an exciting promenade adventure.

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Balé de Rua
On from 26 Jan 2009 to 26 Jan 2009
Barbican
by Balé de Rua

Hailing from the streets of Brazil, this adrenalin fuelled cast of 15 men and 1 woman deliver a high
pressure performance celebrating life, love and all things Brazilian.

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Genre - Drama Genre - Classic
Shun-kin
On from 30 Jan 2009 to 21 Feb 2009
Barbican
by Complicite/Simon McBurney

Complicite returns following the success of multi-award-winning A Disappearing Number (bite07 and bite08) and the critically-acclaimed The Elephant Vanishes (bite03 and bite04).

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Genre - Drama
Out of Time
On from 17 Feb 2009 to 28 Feb 2009
Barbican
by Colin Dunne

Out of Time is a fascinating insight into Colin Dunne’s private world as a dancer. This solo multi-media show takes a step back from the frenetic world of competitive and commercial Irish dance to offer a contemporary perspective on the art form.

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Genre - Kids Theatre Genre - Musical Genre - Drama Genre - Comedy
Do Something Different Weekend
On from 07 Mar 2009 to 08 Mar 2009
Barbican
by Barbican

Join us for a full weekend of visual art, theatre, music, dance, film and literature activities for families and adults to do (and learn) something different.

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Pied Piper
On from 05 Mar 2009 to 14 Mar 2009
Barbican
by Boy Blue Entertainment

A Hip-Hop Dance Revolution

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Genre - Drama
Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes
On from 18 Mar 2009 to 28 Mar 2009
Barbican
by Billy Twinkle Requiem for a Golden Boy

For anyone stuck mid-career, mid-love, mid-life, this requiem for a golden boy shines a light on the wonder of youth meeting the wisdom of age.

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Genre - Classic
Twelfth Night
On from 24 Mar 2009 to 28 Mar 2009
Barbican
by Shochiku Grand Kabuki

Marrying traditional Japanese theatre, Kabuki, with Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, celebrated Japanese director, Yukio Ninagawa creates a visionary new production.

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Genre - Drama
A Forest
On from 07 Apr 2009 to 09 Apr 2009
Barbican
by Pacitti Company

Exploring myth, money and magic, A Forest is a provocative fairytale for grown-ups where skin is turned into wallets, straw is spun into gold and where storming off alone can mean the difference between life and death

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Genre - Classic Genre - Drama
Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso
On from 02 Apr 2009 to 09 Apr 2009
Barbican
by Romeo Castellucci

Presented as three separate events – Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, Romeo Castellucci has dismantled, exposed and transformed Dante’s epic text into a truly lived experience.

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Genre - Drama
The Porcelain Project
On from 14 Apr 2009 to 15 Apr 2009
Barbican
by Grace Ellen Barkey & Needcompany

A fairytale picture box opens up a sensual fantasy world celebrating an organic and poetic union of dance, theatre, music and visual art.

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Genre - Classic
Andromaque
On from 22 Apr 2009 to 02 May 2009
Barbican
by Cheek by Jowl

In a radical new production by Cheek by Jowl, Racine’s French classic exposes our capacity for self deception with lacerating clarity.

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Genre - Drama
Panic
On from 15 Apr 2009 to 16 May 2009
Barbican
by Improbable

Improbable creates theatre, opera, site-specific work and open space events that engage, support and develop the communities in which they work, both on a national and international level.

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Genre - Classic
Peer Gynt
On from 30 Apr 2009 to 16 May 2009
Barbican
by National Theatre of Scotland and Dundee Rep Ensemble

Be prepared for a theatrical roller-coaster ride through one of the most renowned works of modern literature.

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama
Gospels of Childhood The Triptych
On from 24 Sep 2009 to 02 Oct 2009
Barbican
by Teatr ZAR

This spiritual and sensual experience is a three-part ritualistic lamentation on birth, death, pleasure and pain, told through song, chanting and movement.

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Wind Shadow
On from 06 Oct 2009 to 10 Oct 2009
Barbican
by Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan

Choreographic genius Lin Hwai-Min has created a contemporary dance work that makes shadows come alive. Joining forces with leading Chinese visual artist Cai Guo-Qiang, Wind Shadow is a study of motion created through the monochromatic palettes of black and white and the use of light and shade.

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Genre - Drama
Raoul
On from 13 Oct 2009 to 24 Oct 2009
Barbican
by James Thiérrée

Acrobat, clown, poet and magician, James Thiérrée creates a world of endless invention. As one of Europe’s most extraordinarily versatile artists, Thiérrée uses his impish talent to transform everyday objects into magical dream-like spectacles that captivate, charm and inspire.

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Room Temperature Romance
On from 14 Oct 2009 to 24 Oct 2009
Barbican
by Levanted Dance Theatre

Winner of the 2009 Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust award

This charming story is about the moments that mean nothing and everything in life’s daily routine.

Combining the mundane with the absurd, audiences are taken on a trip down memory lane as the performers recount tales of youth, life and love.

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Genre - Drama
Architecting
On from 04 Nov 2009 to 14 Nov 2009
Barbican
by The TEAM and National Theatre of Scotland

Creating a requiem for modern America, this exhilarating saga weaves through the country’s past and future, providing an insightful analysis of the American psyche.

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Genre - Drama
They Only Come at Night: Visions
On from 30 Oct 2009 to 15 Nov 2009
Barbican
by Slung Low

Every night in every town something happens at the edges of where people want to look. A pool of blood on a door step. A murder in a car park. A stabbing at a bus stop. Many are blamed but perhaps the real truth is lurking in the shadows and about to be revealed. They are coming...

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Genre - Drama
Roman Tragedies
On from 20 Nov 2009 to 22 Nov 2009
Barbican
by Toneelgroep

In this ground-breaking production, Coriolanus, Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra are edited and performed consecutively in a lucid and dramatic multimedia spectacular, which engages the senses in a performance that will keep you talking well after you leave the theatre.

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama Genre - Kids Theatre
The Fahrenheit Twins
On from 18 Nov 2009 to 05 Dec 2009
Barbican
by Told by an Idiot

Adapted from Michel Faber’s captivating short story –The Fahrenheit Twins takes you into the world of two siblings who live with their scientist parents on a remote Arctic exploration station.

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This play is ideal for families and children under 12 Genre - Comedy Genre - Kids Theatre
Cabaret Simon
On from 16 Dec 2009 to 31 Dec 2009
Barbican
by Lone Twin and Stuart Silver

A variety show for 4-10 year olds

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, prepare to be amazed this festive season by Cabaret Simon.

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Pied Piper
On from 10 Dec 2009 to 03 Jan 2010
Barbican
by Boy Blue Entertainment

A Hip-Hop Dance Revolution

Returning to the Barbican after a triumphant season in March 2009, get ready for this adrenalin fuelled explosion, combining original street dance choreography with a bold urban soundtrack.

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Genre - Drama
Peter Brook - C.I.C.T. / Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord - 11 and 12
On from 05 Feb 2010 to 27 Feb 2010
Barbican
by Peter Brook - C.I.C.T. / Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord

Peter Brook – C.I.C.T. / Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
An epic story questioning violence and tolerance in West Africa’s past

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The Manganiyar Seduction
On from 05 Mar 2010 to 07 Mar 2010
Barbican
by Roysten Abel

The Manganiyar Seduction was originally created for the opening of the 2006 Osian Film Festival and has since been taking the world by storm. This production is a compelling feast for eye, ear and the spirit.

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Lone Twin Theatre - The Catastrophe Trilogy
On from 02 Mar 2010 to 13 Mar 2010
Barbican
by Lone Twin Theatre

A celebration of the human spirit’s ability to survive even the most testing of times, this collection of works share a common playful interest in the act of storytelling and are at once touching, comic and resolutely hopeful.

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Genre - Drama
Circa
On from 09 Mar 2010 to 14 Mar 2010
Barbican
by Circa

Circa's signature style combines physical beauty, formidable circus skills and an immersive and integral use of sound, light and projection. The result is a new kind of circus, at once poetic, sensual and immense.

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Genre - Drama
4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane
On from 23 Mar 2010 to 27 Mar 2010
Barbican
by TR Warszawa

4.48am is when the will to live is at its lowest ebb.

In this uncompromising autobiographical approach to Kane’s elusive and elliptical prose poem, the central character is a woman in the throes of a terrifying psychological ordeal.Through anger, grief and despair we witness an intense performance in this heroic struggle for life.

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Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch - Kontakthof
On from 01 Apr 2010 to 04 Apr 2010
Barbican
by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

Kontakthof was first seen in London as part of bite02. The show now returns in a poignant pairing with its counterpart created eight years later; it is the same choreographic work but performed by Teenagers. This is a rare opportunity to see both of these pieces side by side.

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Genre - Drama
Macbeth - Cheek by Jowl
On from 18 Mar 2010 to 10 Apr 2010
Barbican
by Cheek by Jowl

Cheek by Jowl’s production strips the play back to its devastating heart, exposing Shakespeare’s shocking insight into the cost of power.

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Laurie Anderson - Delusion
On from 14 Apr 2010 to 17 Apr 2010
Barbican
by Laurie Anderson

Fusing violin, electronic puppetry and music, Delusion is a story about longing, memory and identity. Jumping between the everyday and the mythic, in a world full of nuns, elves, golems, ghost ships, archaeologists and dead relatives, a complex tale is told, introducing a host of imaginary guests...

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Genre - Comedy Genre - Stand Up
The Originals: New Variety and contemporary Black British Comedy
On from 23 Apr 2010 to 24 Apr 2010
Barbican
by Frank Sweeney for C & R Presentations

Featuring five pioneers of Black British Comedy starring Felix Dexter, Felicity Ethnic, Jefferson & Whitfield, Leo Muhammad and Miles Crawford. Hosted by Angie Le Mar

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Heiner Goebbels - I Went To The House But Did Not Enter
On from 28 Apr 2010 to 01 May 2010
Barbican
by Heiner Goebbels

I Went To The House But Did Not Enter is a staged concert in three tableaux, composed by Heiner Goebbels and magnificiently performed by the world-famous Hilliard Ensemble.
The tableaux are dedicated to four key twentieth-century literary texts by T.S. Eliot, Maurice Blanchot, Franz Kafka and Samuel Beckett.

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Would Like to Meet
On from 28 Apr 2010 to 16 May 2010
Barbican
by non zero one

Would Like To Meet is an intimate, individual journey in which participants explore a series of environments in the Barbican Centre led by a voice heard through a pair of headphones. Allow yourself to follow the voice and a story gradually unfolds as each scenario is shaped both by you and other audience members.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama
Food Court with The Necks
On from 23 Jun 2010 to 25 Jun 2010
Barbican
by Back to Back Theatre

Groundbreaking Australian company Back to Back Theatre returns to the Barbican after the success of their site-specific show small metal objects at Stratford station in 2007.

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The Tempest
On from 02 Feb 2011 to 02 Feb 2011
Barbican
by Cheek by Jowl / Chekhov International

Moscow ’s Chekhov International Festival returns to the UK with a forceful new production of The Tempest. Cheek by Jowl's Russian sister company brings to life this disturbing masque of power, control and illusion.

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Antonioni Project
On from 01 Feb 2011 to 05 Feb 2011
Barbican
by Toneelgroep Amsterdam

Love affairs, isolation, heartache. Internationally renowned theatre director Ivo van Hove leads his powerful ensemble in an exploration of award-winning, Italian film director Michelangelo Antonioni’s groundbreaking 1960s film trilogy (L’Avventura, La Notte, L’Eclisse), in this epic adaptation for the stage.

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The Blue Dragon
On from 17 Feb 2011 to 26 Feb 2011
Barbican
by Robert Lepage / Ex Machina

Robert Lepage superbly performs in this sequel to his 1985 breakthrough masterpiece The Dragons’ Trilogy , marking the return of that play’s central figure – artist Pierre Lamontagne – who resurfaces in Shanghai 20 years later.

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Cinderella
On from 24 Feb 2011 to 28 Feb 2011
Barbican
by Shona Reppe

Secret drawers and trap doors, a disappearing jaffa cake and a handbag full of magic – see Cinderella spring to life in a sparkling new interpretation.

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Olga Volt The Electric Fairy
On from 04 Mar 2011 to 06 Mar 2011
Barbican
by Shona Reppe

Roll up! Roll up! Enter the traditional fairground sideshow of the incredible electric fairy, Olga Volt. But something is wrong, Olga’s magic powers are fading.

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The Sapphires
On from 02 Mar 2011 to 12 Mar 2011
Barbican
by Belvoir & Black Swan State Theatre Company

Australia’s hippest soul sisters perform the Motown hits that defined a generation, in the swinging musical sensation, The Sapphires.

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Red Hot East Comedy
On from 18 Mar 2011 to 18 Mar 2011
Barbican
by C & R Presentations

Featuring Shazia Mirza, Paul Chowdhry, Isma Almas, Imran Yusuf, Anil Desai and Ahir Shah.

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New Act of the Year
On from 19 Mar 2011 to 19 Mar 2011
Barbican
by C & R Presentations

The one and only Arthur Smith returns to the Barbican to host the 28th New Act of the Year Finals, presenting the very best comedy talent in this celebrated industry showcase.

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A Magic Flute Freely adapted by Peter Brook, Franck Krawczyk and Marie-Hélène Estienne
On from 23 Mar 2011 to 27 Mar 2011
Barbican
by C.I.C.T. / Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord

Glimpse Mozart’s wicked smile, ready to play tricks on us and catch us unawares in this vivacious new interpretation of the composer’s timeless opera.

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Do What Thou Wilt
On from 18 Apr 2011 to 20 Apr 2011
Barbican
by Harminder Judge

Do What Thou Wilt delves into the darker side of divinity and its influence on popular culture. This interdisciplinary work created for SPILL 2011 takes its title from the 20th Century occultist Aleister Crowley.

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Glorious
On from 19 Apr 2011 to 21 Apr 2011
Barbican
by Rajni Shah

A haunting and unusual new musical that will be completely reinvented for every location. Students from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and local residents work with the company to create this event.

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The Minister’s Black Veil
On from 21 Apr 2011 to 23 Apr 2011
Barbican
by Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio / Romeo Castellucci

Romeo Castellucci returns to the Barbican with a haunting new creation. As an uncompromising theatre maker, he creates work that is at once beautiful, powerful and at times unsettling to watch. Together with Societas Raffaello Sanzio, this visionary director continues to inspire.

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In Eldersfield + I guess if the stage exploded…
On from 22 Apr 2011 to 23 Apr 2011
Barbican
by Kings of England + Sylvia Rimat

In 2009 SPILL launched a National Platform for emerging talent at the National Theatre Studio. In a special double bill two of the selected artists now present new works.

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And The Horse You Rode In On
On from 27 Apr 2011 to 14 May 2011
Barbican
by Told by an Idiot

Following the sell-out success of The Fahrenheit Twins at the Barbican in 2009, Told by an Idiot's distinctive storytelling returns with this sinister comedy of ineptitude.

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The School for Scandal
On from 11 May 2011 to 18 Jun 2011
Barbican
by Deborah Warner

searing lampoon of a society obsessed by wit, fashion and public reputation. With its glorious cast of characters including Snake, Sir Benjamin Backbite, Lady Candour, and the Surface brothers, this is a timely revival of Sheridan’s high-spirited, comic masterpiece.

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Total Football
On from 18 May 2011 to 18 Jun 2011
Barbican
by Ridiculusmus

Football systems, changing room banter and a couple of mops solve the the big questions of life – immortality, happiness and why England always lose, in a new play tackling the beautiful game.

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From Here to There
On from 14 Jul 2011 to 16 Jul 2011
Barbican
by Royal New Zealand Ballet

An exhilarating trio of contemporary works to challenge, inspire and mesmerise.

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Lullaby
On from 24 Jun 2011 to 24 Jul 2011
Barbican
by Duckie

For this sublime sleepover Duckie transforms the Pit into a tranquil communal bedroom for an audience of dreamers.

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Wunderkammer
On from 19 Jul 2011 to 24 Jul 2011
Barbican
by Circa

In this exquisite cabaret of the senses, a diva melts into a rope, balloons and bubble wrap discover their artistic souls while bodies twist and fly. Seven performers of unbelievable ability bend the very fabric of reality.

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BBE: Touch
On from 28 Jul 2011 to 30 Jul 2011
Barbican
by Boy Blue Entertainment

Get up close and personal with street dance phenomenon and Barbican Artistic Associate Boy Blue Entertainment .

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Du goudron et des plumes
On from 28 Nov 2012 to 01 Dec 2012
Barbican
by Compagnie MPTA / Mathurin Bolze

The brilliant contemporary circus artist Mathurin Bolze and his Compagnie MPTA return to the Barbican with a gravity-defying production for four performances only.

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Comedy
Stories from an Invisible Town
On from 28 Nov 2012 to 08 Dec 2012
Barbican
by Hugh Hughes

Join Hugh Hughes and his brother and sister as the family skeletons fall out of the closet at an unpredictable and hilarious evenings of family stories.

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Genre - Kids Theatre
59 Minutes to Save Christmas
On from 15 Dec 2012 to 06 Jan 2013
Barbican
by Slung Low

The Royal Christmas Brigade needs you to save Christmas, in our fun alternative to panto, for kids aged 7+.

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Genre - Drama
The Master and Margarita
On from 14 Dec 2012 to 19 Jan 2013
Barbican
by Complcite

Complicite returns to the Barbican following the sell-out success of its acclaimed show in Spring 2012.

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Genre - Drama
Hand Stories
On from 15 Jan 2013 to 19 Jan 2013
Barbican
by Yeung Fai

Interweaving traditional puppetry skills with modern multimedia effects, Yeung Fai stages his personal story in this poignant show.

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Savanna A Possible Landscape
On from 22 Jan 2013 to 26 Jan 2013
Barbican
by Amit Drori

Journey to an exotic landscape of moving sculptures, inhabited by an array of exquisite robotic animals – elephants, antelopes, giant tortoises, birds, snails and caterpillars.

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Genre - Drama
Hans was Heiri
On from 23 Jan 2013 to 26 Jan 2013
Barbican
by Zimmermann & de Perrot

Catch your breath as seven performers tumble through an astonishing spinning house whose inhabitants miraculously live life through 360 degrees, jumping, climbing or dancing.

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Tatyana
On from 31 Jan 2013 to 09 Feb 2013
Barbican
by Companhia de Danca Deborah Colker

One of Brazil's leading contemporary dance companies explores the four main characters from Pushkin's classic novel, Eugene Onegin. Passion, rejection, lust and love stalk the stage in this physically daring and thrilling production.

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Genre - Drama
Rhinoceros
On from 14 Feb 2013 to 16 Feb 2013
Barbican
by Eugene Ionesco

One by one, Bérenger's friends and neighbours are turning into rhinoceroses, leaving him increasingly isolated but resolutely defiant.

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There's a Rabbit in the Moon
On from 15 Feb 2013 to 21 Feb 2013
Barbican
by Velo Theatre

Over the years, Thomas Snout has collected 3,845 nights – starry nights, scary nights, silent nights and more. Now you’ve been personally invited into his magical workshop, the nocturnal world of the Night Collector.

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John Cage Lecture on Nothing
On from 25 Feb 2013 to 25 Feb 2013
Barbican
by Robert Wilson

As a homage to revolutionary composer John Cage, Robert Wilson performs Cage's Lecture on Nothing, one of the central texts of twentieth-century experimental literature.

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Watt
On from 26 Feb 2013 to 16 Mar 2013
Barbican
by Gate Theatre Dublin

Watt recounts the extraordinary adventure of an itinerant character who one day walks from a train station to the home of Mr. Knott, a mysterious man whom he will serve.

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Splat!
On from 03 Apr 2013 to 04 Apr 2013
Barbican
by The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein

Dancing in roller skates and a deer head, being hunted by her stage hands or drowning in tomatoes, artist The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein doesn’t shy away from creating confrontational images with her own body.

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Genre - Drama
The Eternal Smile
On from 06 Apr 2013 to 07 Apr 2013
Barbican
by Verk Produksjoner

A large group of dead people sit in darkness, conversing to pass the time, or rather, eternity… After thousands of years go by they rise up and go on the rampage, determined to seek out God and demand an answer.

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Quizoola!
On from 12 Apr 2013 to 13 Apr 2013
Barbican
by Forced Entertainment

Part game, part improvisation, this unique 24-hour live experience pits alternating pairs of performers against one another as they test their opponents with an avalanche of questions.

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Genre - Drama
The Salon Project
On from 04 Apr 2013 to 14 Apr 2013
Barbican
by Untitled Projects

Your evening begins in the Barbican dressing rooms, where you will be costumed in full period evening dress before emerging into a mirrored impression of a 19th-century Parisian salon.

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Genre - Drama
Ubu Roi
On from 10 Apr 2013 to 20 Apr 2013
Barbican
by Cheek by Jowl

Following its first performance in 1896, Alfred Jarry’s brutal satire about greed and the abuse of power was outlawed for its scandalous language, violence and disrespect for authority.

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Sunken Garden
On from 12 Apr 2013 to 20 Apr 2013
Barbican
by English National Opera

Experience an occult mystery opera, combining music, text and visual images including one of opera’s first uses of 3D film.

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Schaubühne Berlin: Fräulein Julie
On from 30 Apr 2013 to 04 May 2013
Barbican
by after August Strindberg

Strindberg’s tragedy is reimagined for the multimedia age as theatrical performance and live filming techniques converge, lending fresh cinematic perspective to a classic story

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Circa and I Fagiolini How Like An Angel
On from 25 Jun 2013 to 28 May 2013
Barbican
by St Bartholomew-the-Great

Six acrobats ascend, contort and tumble in an ethereal display of physical daring, accompanied by a live performance of sacred song. Sublime music soars as bodies are pushed to their limits amid the architectural grandeur of a historic London church.

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Bank on it
On from 22 Jun 2013 to 18 Jul 2013
Barbican
by Theatre- Rites

Come and explore the secrets of our bank. Step inside and you’ll discover that something’s not quite right in this kingdom of money. Can we count on your help?

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The Paper Architect
On from 03 Jul 2013 to 23 Jul 2013
Barbican
by Davy & Kristin McGuire

The Paper Architect tells the tale of a lonely man who longs for a life he never lived. Secluded in his workshop, he builds intricate paper models that become vessels for his eccentric dreams and melancholic memories.

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Genre - Drama Genre - Classic
Hamlet de los Andes
On from 02 Oct 2013 to 03 Oct 2013
Barbican
by Teatro de los Andes

In its first visit to the UK, acclaimed company Teatro de los Andes transposes Hamlet to Bolivia in this urgent, physical and stunningly visual production.

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Genre - Drama
La Razón Blindada (The Bulletproof Reason)
On from 04 Oct 2013 to 05 Oct 2013
Barbican
by Teatro Malayerba

Two prisoners in solitary confinement during Argentina’s 1970s dictatorship are permitted to meet for one hour a week. To escape their harsh reality they tell each other the story of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.

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Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
Best of BE Festival
On from 09 Oct 2013 to 12 Oct 2013
Barbican
by Out of Balanz, Betti Combo and Ferenc Fehér

Enjoy a slice of the BE (Birmingham European) Festival at the Barbican, with a ticket that combines three daring performances and dinner alongside the visiting artists.

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Robyn Orlin/Moving Into Dance Mophatong
On from 18 Oct 2013 to 20 Oct 2013
Barbican
by Robyn Orlin

Celebrate the beauty of 21st-century Africa with this vibrant and entertaining spectacle featuring dance, text, film and props. Part of Dance Umbrella.

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Comedy Genre - Drama Genre - Musical Genre - Kids Theatre
The Five & the Prophecy of Prana
On from 22 Oct 2013 to 02 Nov 2013
Barbican
by Boy Blue Entertainment

Japanese Manga artist Akio Tanaka joins the Olivier award-winning team behind Pied Piper for an explosive narrative dance work integrating hip-hop, manga and martial arts.

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Genre - Kids Theatre
The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean
On from 29 Oct 2013 to 05 Nov 2013
Barbican
by Shona Reppe

In her laboratory, 'scrapologist' Patricia Baker looks after old scrapbooks: she pours over pages filled with all sorts of things that have been flattened and squashed, in order to find out who they belonged to. For children aged 7+.

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15 and above - recommended age group
Anatomia Publica
On from 21 Jan 2014 to 25 Jan 2014
Barbican
by Man Drake

A soldier, missing in action and presumed dead, returns home to find his wife is remarried and living with another man. Inspired by real wartime events that shaped his own family, this is director Tomeo Vergés’s gripping depiction of an unusual ménage à trois.

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12 and above - recommended age group
What's Become of You?
On from 30 Jan 2014 to 01 Feb 2014
Barbican
by Aurélien Bory/Stéphanie Fuster

It begins with a guitar in the darkness. Next a game of hide-and-seek is played with a red dress. Steam, then water, materialises in a series of stage pictures impossible to forget.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama
The Dead
On from 28 Jan 2014 to 01 Mar 2014
Barbican
by Città di Ebla

One of an exciting new wave of Italian theatre-makers, Città di Ebla debuts in the UK.

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18 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama
Cheek By Jowl: Ubu Roi
On from 18 Jun 2014 to 22 May 2014
Barbican
by Alfred Jarry

Jarry’s menacing depiction of a despot was outlawed after its first performance in 1896. Causing outrage with scandalous language and animalistic brutality, its satire showed the worst excesses of greed and abuse of power.

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Charleroi Danses: Kiss & Cry
On from 25 Jun 2014 to 28 Jun 2014
Barbican
by Jaco Van Dormael and Michèle Anne De Mey

Charleroi Danses bring Kiss and Cry to the Barbican.

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