Barbican announces Theatre and Dance season for September to December 2017

The Barbican has today announced its complete Theatre and Dance season for September to December 2017.

Tickets go on sale to Barbican Members Plus on Thursday 30 March, to Barbican Members on Monday 3 April and on general sale from Thursday 6 April.



Paying tribute to the late Japanese theatre director Yukio Ninagawa, with whom the Barbican had a long-standing relationship, his epoch-making Macbeth, a production that introduced the Ninagawa Company to the UK 30 years ago, returns to the Barbican.



The Barbican’s co-commission of Landmark Productions and the Galway International Arts Festival Woyzeck in Winter, makes its UK premiere in the Theatre.

Büchner’s dramatic masterpiece Woyzeck is interwoven with songs from Schubert’s Winterreise in this distinctive music theatre production, with mesmerising Irish performers Patrick O’Kane and Camille O’Sullivan, directed by Conall Morrison.



 The Barbican will bring Barbican Artistic Associate Michael Clark Company back to the Theatre with to a simple, rock ‘n’ roll . . . song., recently nominated for an Olivier award.

This Barbican commission, which premiered here in 2016, features new material and choreography set to a soundtrack by Erik Satie, Patti Smith and David Bowie.



 Spanish dancer Rocío Molina returns to the Theatre with her newest piece Fallen from Heaven (Caída del Cielo), part of this year’s Dance Umbrella and a UK premiere.

Nominated for an Olivier Award for her previous appearance at the Barbican, she strips flamenco down to its purest form. Here she collaborates with four onstage musicians in a personal performance about womanhood.



Concluding its year-long residency at the Barbican in 2017, Toneelgroep Amsterdam performs After the Rehearsal/Persona, based on the films of the same name by Ingmar Bergman.

Preempting the 100th anniversary of Bergman’s birth next year, this double-bill makes its UK premiere in the Theatre and is directed by Ivo van Hove.



Pioneering New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, one of the most significant painters of the 20th century and whose first large-scale exhibition is in Barbican Art Gallery, is the source of inspiration for two performances in The Pit.

Theatre-makers, visual artists and performance poets draw on their past and present to envision a progressive future.

Curated by nitroBEAT’s Artistic Director Diane Morgan and directed by Matthew XiaSuckerpunch Boom Suite responds to some of the themes of Basquiat’s vibrant, wide-ranging work.



 The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein, returns to The Pit with her newest work Notorious, following a period of research and development here last year.

Blurring the lines between live art, theatre and fine art, The Famous interrogates representations of female subjectivity, looking at ways in which social media and consumerism impact on how women’s bodies are perceived.



 Winners of this year’s Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust AwardMars.tarrab performs the world premiere of ROLLER in The Pit.

This Barbican co-production is an energy-packed performance by Rachel Mars and nat tarrab investigating female competition, ageing and power through the fast-growing sport – roller derby.



 The Barbican also brings the second Transpose: Barbican to The Pit, this time for two performances.

Curated by and featuring CN Lester, an activist, author and singer-songwriter this is an illuminating theatrical journey with artists from the queer and trans communities, who share poetry, music, video art and storytelling.

To coincide with Transpose: Barbican we screen FREE CECE! in Cinema 3. Narrated by Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black), the film presents some of the realities of trans lives and the effects of structural oppression.



This winter the Royal Shakespeare Company returns to the Barbican with a thrilling London season, Rome MMXVII, comprising four of Shakespeare’s most gripping plays.

 Led by Season Director, Angus Jackson, who directs Coriolanus and Julius Caesar, the plays expose the decadence, politics, power play and corruption of Ancient Rome, charting the decline of an empire from birth to eventual implosion.

Antony & Cleopatra is directed by Iqbal Khan and Titus Andronicus is directed by Blanche McIntyre.

To coincide with Julius Caesar, students can spend one day backstage at the Barbican with the RSC’s technical team as they prepare for the performance. In addition, RSC director Iqbal Khan runs an intensive practical weekend in response to his production.



At Christmas-time, the Barbican brings the egg theatre and Travelling Light Theatre Company‘s festive production of Snow Mouse to The Pit.

An endearing puppet and one performer embark on an adventure in a magical forest in this enchanting tale for babies, the very young and their families.


Toni Racklin, Head of Theatre at the Barbican said: 

“We are delighted to announce our full autumn theatre and dance season in which we welcome back artists and companies, to the Theatre and The Pit, with whom we have strong and long-standing relationships. We continue our most ambitious dance programme to date with two Olivier-nominees, our Artistic Associate Michael Clark Company and Rocío Molina from Spain as part of Dance Umbrella. We remember the late Japanese director Yukio Ninagawa, as his company returns to the Barbican and four Shakespeare plays from the RSC’s ROME season transfer from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre to London. Our co-commission with Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival makes its UK premiere here whilst Toneelgroep Amsterdam concludes its year-long residency at the Barbican. We are thrilled to bring back nitroBEAT, Transpose and Lauren Barri Holstein to The Pit with new and boundary-breaking performances whilst this year’s Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award winners, Mars.tarrab, make their Barbican debut and continue our commitment to invest in the artists of today and tomorrow. And we once again offer families with young children a seasonal treat in The Pit at Christmas-time as the egg theatre and Travelling Light Theatre Company make their Barbican debuts.”


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