The best of the stage – be it opera, theatre or dance – and must-see art exhibitions broadcast straight to our cinemas.
From New York's Metropolitan Opera to Stage Russia, the Royal Ballet to the National Theatre, enjoy the best stage craft and visit the best art museums from around the world, all from the comfort of our cinemas.
Tom Petty: Somewhere You Feel Free
Winner of the 2021 SXSW Audience Award, this documentary offers a unique take on the Petty legacy, diving deep into a condensed period of creativity and freedom for the legendary rock star.
Met Opera Live: Fire Shut Up in My Bones
Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Grammy Award–winning jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard’s adaptation of Charles M. Blow’s moving memoir.
The Doors: Live at the Bowl '68 Special Edition
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of L.A. WOMAN, this Special Edition event gives Doors fans the closest experience to being there live.
Encore: Anything Goes
Filmed live in our Theatre, this new 5-star production of the classic musical comedy features an all-star cast led by renowned Broadway royalty Sutton Foster as Reno Sweeney.
Met Opera Live: Eurydice
The ancient Greek myth of Orpheus, who attempts to harness the power of music to rescue his beloved Eurydice from the underworld, has inspired composers since opera’s earliest days.
Met Opera Live: Cinderella
Laurent Pelly’s storybook staging of Massenet’s Cendrillon is presented with an all-new English translation in an abridged 90-minute adaptation, with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as its princess.
Met Opera Live: Ariadne auf Naxos
The exhilarating soprano Lise Davidsen makes her Live in HD debut in one of her signature roles, the mythological Greek heroine of Strauss’s enchanting masterpiece.
Met Opera Live: Don Carlos
For the first time in company history, the Met presents the original five-act French version of Verdi’s epic opera of doomed love among royalty, set against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition.
Met Opera Live; Turandot
Superstar soprano Anna Netrebko makes her long-awaited Met role debut as Puccini’s icy princess.
Met Opera Live: Lucia di Lammermoor
Soprano Nadine Sierra takes on the haunted heroine of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, in an electrifying new staging by Australian theatre and film director Simon Stone, conducted by Riccardo Frizza.
Encore - Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace
This screening sees Nick Cave play his songs at the piano in a rarely seen stripped back form, from early material, right through to the most recent Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds album.
Glyndebourne 2018: Vanessa (12A)
A rare opportunity to see Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work – opera from the age of Hitchcock, with an atmospheric score and tense, psychological twists.
NT Live: Julie (15)
Vanessa Kirby and Eric Kofi Abrefa feature in the cast of this brand new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell (NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea).
RSC Live: The Merry Wives of Windsor (12A)
Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men.
Afternoon Arts: Stage Russia: The Suicide (15*)
When a young man has reached the end of his tether, there are plenty willing to push him over the edge in the name of their cause.
Afternoon Arts: Exhibition on Screen: David Hockney...(U)
This film takes you behind the scenes of two blockbuster David Hockney exhibitions to hear from the experts and the man himself about his life and career.
NT Live: King Lear (12A)
Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas.
The Winter's Tale live from Shakespeare's Globe (12A)
Broadcast live from the iconic Shakespeare's Globe, Blanche McIntyre's production reveals the irrational and inexplicable forces at work in the Bard's fantasy.
Met Opera Live in HD: Aida (#)
Superstar soprano Anna Netrebko makes her Met role debut as Aida in this thirtieth-anniversary revival of Sonja Frisell’s production.
Afternoon Arts: The Australian Ballet: The Merry Widow (U)
Irresistibly frothy and lavishly theatrical, The Merry Widow has enough tangled affairs, narrow misses and jealous lovers to fuel a French farce.
Barbican Cinema 1 is located within the main Barbican building on Level -2. Head to Level G and walk towards the Lakeside Terrace where you’ll find stairs and lifts to take you down to the venue floor.
Silk Street, London
The Barbican is widely accessible by bus, tube, train and by foot or bicycle. Plan your journey and find more route information in ‘Your Visit’ or book your car parking space in advance.
Barbican Cinema 2 & 3 are located on Beech Street, a short walk from the Barbican’s Silk Street entrance. From Silk Street, you’ll see a zebra crossing that will take you over the road to the venue.
Beech Street, London
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
Level access from the Pit floor foyer only to the two boxes (see Mobility below). All other seats lead off stepped aisles.
Two boxes at the rear of the auditorium each have space for one wheelchair user and a companion. Please book early and ask for these seats.
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.
There is an induction loop in the auditorium. You can use this by adjusting your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting.
For more access information, please visit our Accessibility section.
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.
For more access information, please visit our Accessibility section.