Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim) returns with this unusual aquatic love story between an amphibian man and a shy, mute cleaner working at a top secret government facility.
Elisa (Sally Hawkins) lives a quiet and contained life, friends with her next-door neighbour Giles (Richard Jenkins) and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer).
Yet, with the arrival of an amazing, Amazonian river man (Doug Jones) at her workplace, her extraordinary ability to communicate leads them to forge a deep understanding and romantic connection. Standing in their way is the sour bully Strickland (Michael Shannon), a government official determined to stop the amphibian man from falling into the wrong hands at the height of the Cold War.
Brilliant, romantic and adventurous, this latest fantasy from del Toro features a stellar turn from Hawkins at its heart and as ever, an incredible performance behind the make up from Jones.
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Nearby public transport
We are within walking distance from a number of London Underground stations, the closest being Barbican, St Paul’s and Moorgate. The nearest train stations are Liverpool Street and Farringdon. Bus Route 153 runs directly past the Barbican along Chiswell Street
Car and bicycle parking
We have free bicycle spaces and paid car parking spaces available
We’ve plenty of places for you to relax and replenish, from coffee and cake to wood-fired pizzas and full pre-theatre menus
Beech Street Cafe & Bar
Foyer bars and cafe
Cinemas 2 & 3 are located at Beech Street, a short walk from the Barbican Centre’s main Silk Street entrance. There are a couple of steep, dropped kerbs and an incline to negotiate between the two sites. Level access from Beech Street.
Each auditorium has three permanent wheelchair spaces (two in the third row and one in the front row) and 153 fixed seats with capacity for a further three spaces in the front row. Access to each auditorium is up a ramp. There are also a number of seats with step-free access.
Assistance dogs may be taken into the cinema – please tell us when booking to ensure your seat has enough space. If you prefer, you may leave your dog with a member of the foyer staff during the performance.
An infrared system for hard of hearing customers is provided in each auditorium; headsets or neck loops can be collected from foyer staff. The ticket desk counter is fitted with an induction loop.
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