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BARBICAN LIFE


Theatre preview Anthony Field’s previews of theatre in and around the Barbican I


hope you will be reading this Spring Issue after having had a taste of “The Blue Room” which has been filling the Bridewell Theatre with the David Hare adaptation of Schnitzler’s “La Ronde”.


The Guildhall School of Music and Drama will be presenting Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmelites” in March at the Silk Street theatre followed by “The House of Atraeus”, an adaptation of the cycle of plays by Euripides, Aeschylus and Sophocles dealing with family conflict, power and revenge.


I should not this early be anticipating the Guildhall Summer attractions in May June and July except to give you all a chance to book now for “Richard III” at the Bridewell, a fascinating double-bill of Donizetti’s “Rita” and Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta” at the Silk Street Theatre and the annual student musical which Martin Connor masterfully directs with Bill Deamer’s choreography, this year being Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me Kate”.


In March the main Barbican Theatre will house Australia’s Belvoir and Black Swan State Theatre Company in “The Sapphires” with a live band playing Motown hits. This feel- good musical is based on a true story about four women working in a factory and dreaming of stardom which leads to their performing in Vietnam as The Supremes before troops on the front line. A film production of this show will begin production in Australia later this year. The next fascinating piece in the Main House from 23 March is Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” freely adapted by Peter Brook in a delicate and tender interpretation moving into a quirky and humorous interpretation of this timeless opera. A talented


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ensemble of young singers fill the score with new life, energy and colour. Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” will be produced in April at the


Silk Street Theatre by the Cheek By Jowl’s Russian sister Company, directed by Declan Donnellan and Designed by Nick Ormerod, the duo that always inspires audiences


The Magic Flute - Dima Bawab and Thomas Dolie. Photo credit: Pascal Victor


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