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B A R B I C A N L I F E Theatre previews


Tony Field previews some of the productions coming to the Barbican Centre’s theatres in the next few months.


In the Pit from 12 to 29 December


in the daytimes, Told By An Idiot presents “Get Happy”, a wildly funny family-friendly show. What is that mysterious noise coming from a bag? Can an opera singer really fall in love with a gorilla? And see the strangest egg sandwich ever, created in front of your very eyes! It’s a madcap, mischievous treat for children and their


families combining


performance, dance, musicand visual comedy. At the end of January, the London


Oliver Ford Davies and


David Tennant in Richard II. Photo credit


© Kwame Lestrade E The Dead Photo Credit © Luca di Filippo


Anatomia Publica Photo credit


© Laurent Philippe


xciting news for Barbican theatregoers was recently announced in the renewed partnership between the Royal


Shakespeare


Company and the Barbican Centre, which resulted in a three-year agreement to present major RSC works at the Barbican, beginning with David Tennant in RICHARD II, a devastating exploration of humanity, duty and vanity, currently playing at the Barbican Theatre until January 25th 2014 RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs this new production, transferring to the Barbican from Stratford-upon-Avon. Joining Tennant is Oliver Ford Davies as the Duke of York, with Nigel Lindsay as Henry Bolingbroke and Michael Pennington as John of Gaunt. “Gregory Doran’s exceptional production is a rousing triumph” said the Observer, awarding it five stars, as did several other quality newspapers.


International Mime Festival returnswith more inspired and innovative performances. From 21- 25 January in the Pit, French company Man Drake debuts at the Festival, with a show called “Anatomia Publica”. A soldier,


Tomeo Vergés’s grippingly depicts the surreal comedyof an unusual ménage à trois. Highly skilled performers take physical storytelling to the limits, using intensely fractured, multi- layeredmovements breaking down the action to its constituent parts. At the forefront of new Italian


theatre-makers, Città di Ebla debuts at the Festival with the poetic and evocative “The Dead” from 28 January to 1 February in The Pit, based on James Joyce’s famous shortstory. A song heard by chance reminds a married woman of her firstlove. Her revelation about the boy who died for her sake culminates ina powerful epiphany. The staging creates a dialogue between memory and reality, between moments in time, to memorable effect.


missing in action and presumeddead, returns home to find his wife is remarried and living withanother man. Inspired by real wartime events that shaped his own family, director


In the Main Theatre from 30


January to 1 February, Compagnie 111 - Aurélien Bory/Stéphanie Fuster present “What's Become of You? (Questcequetudeviens)”. A radically spare account of one woman’s uncompromising journey into the world of flamenco, traditional elements of live vocals and guitar accompany dancer Stéphanie Fusteronstage but the familiar heat and passion of her flamenco are refinedto their very essence. From 6 – 15 February, Bristol Old


Vic and Handspring Puppet Companypresent Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. For the first time since their triumph in their


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