London is a dream for lovers of the arts. If you’re into stand-up comedy then chances are you’ll be visiting the haunt of some of the world’s most famous stand-up comics: Soho Theatre. If musicals are more your preference, then there’s a vast range of theatres to pick from where you can see your favourite productions by London’s most talented actors and singers.
One place that truly stands out amongst London’s collection of drama venues is the Barbican Centre. This incredible performing arts theatre is the largest of its kind in London, and hosts a huge range of acts including classical and modern music concerts, theatre performances, art exhibitions and film screenings.
What’s more, this fantastic attraction isn’t far from your luxury rooms in Shoreditch either. Here’s our pick of the best shows to see in Barbican this month.
If you’re staying at the M By Montcalm Shoreditch London with children, a trip to see The Egg’s and Travelling Light theatre company’s Snow Mouse makes a great choice. Your little drama-lovers will be truly captivated by this enchanting tale. Set in a magical forest, a lonely child makes friends with a mouse found buried under the snow, and what follows is a production filled with laughs, love and light thrills as the two new friends keep each other safe in the winter wonderland. Snow Mouse makes use of one single performer and a collection of fantastic puppets, with the added benefit of a tactile set that will draw you and your children into the play.
Antony and Cleopatra
Barbican Centre is also playing host to one of Shakespeare’s greatest dramas this month; Antony and Cleopatra. This classic tale charts the downfall of the Roman general Mark Antony who, besotted by the seductive charm of the legendary Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, turns his back on his empire. The empire decides to repay the general in kind for his traitorous antics, setting the scene for a heart string-tugging play that has been renowned for centuries as one of the greatest love stories ever made.
Director Iqbal Khan, who is known for his fresh takes on the legendary tales of Shakespeare, retains the magic that has made Antony and Cleopatra stand the test of time whilst also adding extra glamour and action to suit modern audiences. A great choice for couples.
If you’re looking to truly expand your theatre pallet this month, then a trip to Barbican Centre to see Transpose is a must. This play includes some of the best and brightest artists from the transgender and queer communities who share revelatory and passionate stories, poetry, music and video with a truly intimate quality.
Themes of gender, sexuality and desire are hugely prevalent in this production, which are made even more potent in the dimmed lights and gloomy ambience of the theatre. Transpose enjoyed critical reception at the Barbican last autumn, and the play is both a fantastic educational experience as well as a great artistic production.