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King Lear @ The Barbican Centre

Photo by Ellie Kurttz (c) RSC

Photo by Ellie Kurttz (c) RSC

For many actors Lear is the ultimate role, hence the proliferation of productions that appear every year. In 2016 alone we’ve had Timothy West, Don Warrington and Michael Pennington all pop up in the role and Glenda Jackson is currently giving us a female perspective over at the Old Vic. RSC stalwart Antony Sher’s take on the role has been something we’ve been waiting a few years for… so how does he do? Continue reading

The Alchemist @ The Barbican Centre

Photo by Helen Maybanks (c) RSC

Photo by Helen Maybanks (c) RSC

After two nights of pretty intense action from the Royal Shakespeare Company I was glad to be seeing something a little lighter on my return visit to the Barbican Centre (we were in Stratford-Upon-Avon on Monday to see their new production of King Lear before heading to London and you can read our review of Tuesday night’s Doctor Faustus here). Continue reading

Doctor Faustus @ The Barbican Centre

Doctor FaustusIt’s a rare feeling to sit in the audience for a play and feel you truly don’t know what to expect – in the age of social media it’s impossible not to have a good idea what to expect, but when two men walk onto the stage at the beginning of Faustus, stare each other in the eye and light a match cast, crew and audience will all find out together who will take the titular role. Continue reading

WATCH: The RSC present their trailer for Cymbeline

Cymbeline_PosterI was lucky enough to see the Royal Shakespeare Company‘s production of Cymbeline in Stratford back in May and, for a play that has always seemed troublesome, it made for incredibly engaging viewing in large part due to a stunning cast of performers and a fascinating setting. Check out the trailer here and then go see it for yourself, it transfers to the Barbican later this year. Continue reading

RSC To Transfer 6 Plays To London In 2016

LONDON - MARCH 06: A general view of the Barbican Centre on the day of a concert celebrating its 25th Birthday on March 6, 2007 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II opened the Barbican Centre on March 3, 1982 and declared it to be "one of the wonders of the modern world". Funded by the City of London, the Barbican is the largest multi-arts centre in Europe, housing a 2,000-seater concert hall, two theatres, two art galleries, three cinemas, three restaurants and conference suites and a floor space of 20 acres. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Following the four Shakespeare history plays, King & Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings, which kicked off 2016 at the Barbican Theatre, the touring production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation visits the Barbican for a week of performances in May, with London amateurs from the Tower Theatre joining the cast as the Rude Mechanicals, and pupils from Eastbury Community school and Beam Primary school in Barking and Dagenham playing Titania’s fairy train. Continue reading

Our Favourite Shows Of 2015

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It’s that time of year again, when critics, theatre writers and bloggers all put together their lists of the shows that have most impressed them this year, so after a great deal of thought here are our top 10 productions (that we reviewed) of 2015! Continue reading

Henry V @ The Barbican Centre

Royal Shakespeare Company production of HENRY V by William Shakespeare directed by Gregory Doran

Shakespeare has loomed large over London’s theatre scene in 2015, from the fevered anticipation to Benedict Cumberbatch’s performances in (the underwhelming) Hamlet to Kenneth Branagh forming his own company and presenting a series of plays built around a pair of the Bard’s pieces. With such fanfare the RSC’s return to the Barbican with the last of their King and Country cycle (and later the whole cycle in repertory) has almost slipped in under the radar, but the less heralded shows are, in our experience, often the most rewarding… Continue reading

RSC Shares Update on Productions at The Barbican Centre

tumblr_inline_nvt5ws3D2o1rgiv1h_500The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) returns to the Barbican in November with Henry V, followed by a major theatrical event in January 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death – with performances of all four productions of Gregory Doran’s history plays in repertoire. Continue reading