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BARBICAN LIFE


Merce Cunningham Dance Theatre Photo: Anna Finke


Children from aged 8 upwards should love this promenade performance.


In contrast there is a powerful and terrifying story of sex trafficking in “Roadkill”, having already gathered four and five stars in The Times, The Guardian and The Independent when premiered at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival. This performance starts in October and continues into November, ending at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East and includes moving the audience in mini- buses to a site-specific location in Newham.


Also in November, the Nattara Theatre in Bucharest will play in


Festen Photo: Ciprian Duica


chance to see five of Harold Pinter’s miniature masterpieces interwoven into an evening at


Ruddigore


the Pit an interpretation of the film “Festen” (The Celebration). At the same time there will be a


Shoreditch Town Hall under the title “The New World Order”. Finally, November will prove an


exciting month in the Barbican main house and the Pit both occupied by Opera North for their first season here. Tchaikovsky’s “Queen of Spades” has a prestigious new production by Neil Bartlett, alternating with Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Ruddigore”, described by the Daily Telegraph as “operetta bliss”. This irresistible score is a must for all G and S fans matching wicked humour with social satire. The third opera “The Girl I left Behind Me” is a contemporary approach to modern theatre by the mezzo- soprano Jessica Walker presenting a one-woman guide to the swaggering cross-dressers from Victorian Music hall to the ambiguous boy-heroes of Mozart and Richard Strauss.


It is perhaps a little early to remind Barbican Theatregoers that Christmas will bring us “Duckie” in the main house and MOJO in the Silk Street Theatre, but booking has opened already for both these shows. I shall give more space to these two productions in the next issue of Barbican Life but I can’t help appealing to children to try MOJO’s riot of dance, puppetry, music and magic.


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