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BARBICAN LIFE


Mrs Slocombe and


Terrorist from Told by an Idiot’s And the


Horse you rode in on. Photo by


Hugo Glendinning


with their unique approach and innovative interpretations of the classics. This version of “The Tempest” will be played in Russian (with English surtitles) and brings to life this disturbing masque of power, control and illusion. The SPILL 2011 Festival of Performance is an artist-led international season of experimental theatre and live art presenting the work of exceptional artists from around the world, challenging the thresholds of our perceptions. This season will include a visit of Romeo Castellucci from Italy with a haunting new creation, “The Minister’s Black Veil”, both beautiful and powerful, even


Scandal” from 11 May to 18 June in the Barbican Theatre whilst “Total Football” in the Pit is a new play dealing with football players, changing room banter and our attempts to create a UK football team for the 2012 games. The fascinating Ridiculusmus company once again examines the melting pot of what it means to be British today. This season will run from 18 May to 18 June.


Although I usually confine my attention to drama productions, it is impossible not to mention that the Barbican Concert Hall will welcome the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle for two concerts in February. There are also musical delights at St. Luke’s such as the BBC3 lunchtime concerts and masterclasses in the evenings by Sir Colin Davis on conducting.


Having enjoyed myself over thirty years living in the Barbican I am constantly amazed at having at the heart of the estate a theatre, a concert hall, cinema, museum, art gallery, studio theatre and a superb library. It is like living inside the Lincoln Center in New York or the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Certainly the whole range of entertainment now available throughout the City and East End of London rivals what is available in the West End. I can but hope that some of my suggested international productions in the forthcoming season will whet your appetite.


School for Scandal – Photo by


Ben Westwood


Ridiculusmus – Total Football


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unsettling to watch. In the Pit, Sylvia Rumat returns in April from Germany with “I Guess if the Stage Exploded”, which presents memory tasks for the audience. The Pit will then house “Told by an Idiot” for three weeks until May 14th, a story inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s “Sabotage”, examining the lengths people will go to for their beliefs. Already almost sold out is Deborah Warner’s direction of Sheridan’s “The School for


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