The Barbican Centre


festivals & seasons


Below you can find out current selection of theatre festivals and seasons running at the Barbican.

RSC Shakespeare on Screen
9 - 31 January 2016
A film season of William Shakespeare's greatest plays performed by the RSC and their extraordinary company of actors, including Judi Dench, David Tennant and Vanessa Redgrave.

Royal Shakespeare Company
King and Country: Shakespeare's Great Cycle of Kings

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s winter residency at the Barbican culminates in January 2016 with a major theatrical event to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Play On...
Shakespeare at the Barbican in 2016

London International Mime Festival 2016
19 January 2016 - 6 February 2016
The very best and newest contemporary visual theatre, including cutting edge circus-theatre, animation and puppetry, physical and object theatre. With five Theatre shows and a mini film season at the Barbican, 2016’s festival is our biggest yet.

LIFT 2016
LIFT works with incredible artists from all across the globe to bring you an exciting and inspiring festival in 2016. This year the Barbican will be the home to three of these works.

Theatre & Dance
Check out our upcoming Barbican Theatre & Dance events.

Weekend Labs
Weekend Labs are an opportunity for practical exploration and discovery, inspired by the international theatre and dance programme presented at the Barbican. The ticket costs include access to both the workshop and a performance. Labs are suitable for those in higher education and training, emerging artists and professionals only.

French artists
French artists at the Barbican supported by the Institut français

RSC Live
We are delighted to present live broadcasts from Shakespeare’s home town to our cinema screens