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Tagged: Young Barbican

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Breach: It’s True, It’s True, It’s True

This gripping dramatisation of a 1612 rape trial brought by the gifted painter Artemisia Gentileschi roars down the ages centuries after it shocked Renaissance Rome.

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Schaubühne Berlin: Orlando

Live cinema meets performance in this galloping romp through 400 years of history starring a heroine who is born a hero, or a hero who becomes a heroine. For Orlando, it doesn’t really matter.

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Internationaal Theater Amsterdam: Death in Venice

An intense infatuation fuels the tension between social expectations and personal desire in a show that deftly combines theatre and music, directed by Ivo van Hove.

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manmaRo Project: The Bees' Road

This one-man show eloquently moves between storytelling, ancient drama, irony and humour to bear witness to the journey of those who become stranded in their search for refuge across Europe.

three dancers in yellow leap around a grand piano, one dancer is sat on the floor

Pam Tanowitz Dance: New Work for Goldberg Variations

A riveting and effervescent mix of movement and music as Pam Tanowitz choreographs her dancers to a performance of Bach’s elaborate masterpiece played live by pianist Simone Dinnerstein.

A group of people sit around in a dark room reading books that have flames emerging from the pages.

Belarus Free Theatre: Dogs of Europe

From one of the world’s bravest theatre companies comes a visceral, psychological drama set in the near future, depicting a dystopian super-state in which individual rights have given way to control.

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Sardegna Teatro and Compagnia Teatropersona: Macbeth

Ritual, rites and rhythms rooted in Sardinian culture lend primal, elemental energy to this all-male version of Shakespeare’s play – about a man whose efforts to be king make no sense.

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Boy Blue: A Night with Boy Blue

Mixing exuberant hip-hop dance displays, a joyful sense of community and the heart-thumping rhythms of an electronic score, Boy Blue’s biennial showcase always culminates in uproarious applause.

Isabelle Huppert

Odéon–Théâtre de l’Europe: The Glass Menagerie

Stage and screen star Isabelle Huppert plays Amanda in Tennessee Williams’s bewitching masterpiece about loneliness, lost dreams and illusions, which is directed by Ivo van Hove.