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Take in theatre, art, dance and film at the Barbican

Take in theatre, art, dance and film at the Barbican

There are few venues in London and indeed the whole country that offer the same eclectic mix of shows, exhibitions and performances as the Barbican.
 
So, if you fancy visiting somewhere other than the Royal Albert Hall, the National Portrait Gallery and the British Museum then the Barbican in east London is somewhere you should definitely check out.
 
There are some excellent options on the theatre menu, the highlight of whih being the International Ibsen Season. Described as being intense, impactful and incisive, the showcase will transport three Henrik Ibsen plays into the contemporary age. The first is Schaubuhne Berlin, which tells the tale of Dr Stockman, a man who endeavours to tackle the unacceptable levels of industrial pollution in his town. The problem for him is that he is going up against some very powerful people. Can the whistleblower save the day?
 
You can also look forward to Theatre National de Nice – Peer Gynt and Belvoir Sydney – The Wild Duck as part of this theatrical extravaganza.
 
Macbeth is a play you may have studied in school, however, the version coming to the Barbican in mid-September is unlikely to be anything like the versions you have encountered before. Presented by Third World Bun Fight and Brett Bailey, Macbeth after Verdi tells the tale of refugee performers fleeing the Congo and encountering a trunk containing sheet music of Verdi's Macbeth. They then use these and the gramophone recordings inside to tell their own story of the conflict-ravaged home. A powerful and thought-provoking show, this is one you will not want to miss.
 
If photography is more your thing then the Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age exhibition is something that may interest you. The display includes works from 18 photographers from the 1930s to the present day who have influenced the way we perceive architecture and indeed, the whole world around us.
 
You can see images from New York, London, the Democratic Republic of Congo and many other places around the world. Architecture has so many meanings and messages and no exhibition anywhere will delve deeper into these than the Constructing Worlds showcase.
 
For those with a love of music, the Transcender festival is something you will not want to miss out on. It brings music from the four corners of the globe to London at the end of September. Many wonderful acts have signed up to take part, some who you may be aware of and others who you have yet to have the pleasure of listening to.
 
You can look forward to a one-off performance from the explosive Swedish group Fire! Orchestra, new grooves and visions of the Sahara delivered by the Sahara Soul collective and a taste of modern Iranian music from the Kamkars.
 
These are just some of the highlights of the Barbican's calendar over the next few months. If you have never visited the venue then this summer is the perfect chance to address this. Whether you are a couple wanting a night out together or whether you and a group of friends are looking to soak up some artistic treats, the Barbican is as good a place as any to be.

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