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BARBICAN LIFE


Theatre previews


Tony Field previews some of the theatre performances ahead in the Barbican’s theatres and nearby


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wrote extensively about “Carousel” in the Summer Issue of Barbican Life and this Opera North production runs until 15 September. I also alerted theatregoers to the French interpretation of Strindberg’s “Miss Julie” playing from 29th September and starring Juliette Binoche. The deadly duel between Mademoiselle Julie and her servant deals with the timeless themes of desire, love and the constraints of social convention. After the enormous success of “Black Watch” the Barbican Theatre will house the National Theatre of Scotland again for most of October with “Enquirer”, which blends fact, anecdote and passionate opinion into a production about the current problems in the media industry now rocked by allegations of corruption and bribery.


During October playgoers will have the alternative of seeing Lorca’s “Blood Wedding”, a Guildhall School production in their Silk Street Theatre, or some interesting works in progress, being finalists of the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Awards in the Pit, Shoreditch Town Hall and St Bartholomew the Great. It is always interesting to see these showcases of original works by a new generation of artists. October will also feature Polish company TR Warszawa’s production of Nosferatu which is based on Bram


Miss Julie –


Photo © Christophe Raynaud de Lage- Festival d’Avignon


Stoker’s Dracula with director Grzegorz Jarzyna using the vampiric myth to explore what lies between an idea and reality and light and shade.


some old B-movies into something heartfelt and profound.


The Main House will have a Christmas season of Bulgakov’s


Nosferatu Photo ©


Marta Orlik-Gaillard


November will find “Sirens” at the Pit, a play which attempts to re-work


“The Master and Margarita” staged by Complicité. This fascinating production garnered terrific reviews and was totally sold out when it enjoyed a season at the Barbican Theatre in March 2012. Now it will be available to many theatregoers who have been inspired to catch up with this fascinating work following the success of John Hodges’ play “Collaborators” produced at the National Theatre to great acclaim earlier this year. This play, set in Moscow in 1938, dealt with Mikhail Bulgakov’s commission to write a play to celebrate Stalin’s 60th birthday. He had been Russia’s most


Enquirer (original cast) Photo by Drew Farrell


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