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The 27 actors taking part in the 2019/20 Barbican season.

This October we will return to the Barbican with three new Shakespeare productions: As You Like ItThe Taming of the Shrew and Measure for Measure.




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BARBICAN, LONDON 

As You Like It

All the world really is a stage in Kimberley Sykes’ playful and imaginative take on Shakespeare’s romantic comedy.

Rosalind is banished, and with her best friend Celia by her side, she journeys to a world of exile. But not before catching the eye of love-struck Orlando, who is also forced from the Court into the Forest…

Blending physical comedy, music and storytelling, this As You Like It dares you to change your state of mind. 

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The Taming of the Shrew 

The ultimate battle of the sexes is turned on its head in Justin Audibert’s The Taming of the Shrew as the 1590s are reimagined – with women in charge.

In this radical take on Shakespeare's fierce and energetic comedy of gender, Baptista Minola is seeking to marry off her two sons, the sweet-tempered Bianco and the rebellious Katherine. Cue an explosive courtship and a keenly witty portrayal of hierarchy and power.

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Measure for Measure

When a young novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help. When she threatens to expose him, he tells her that no one would believe her.

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs this new production of Measure for Measure, which was written in the early 1600s but feels even more urgent today. 

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TEACHERS' CONFERENCE: TOWARDS A CREATIVE CURRICULUM

BARBICAN, LONDON - FRIDAY 10 JANUARY 2020

A new conference aimed at teachers from early years to Key Stage 3 focusing on how arts and cultural learning support the new Ofsted framework.

Learn more about the ways in which arts and cultural learning can support children and young people to develop resilience and creativity and ultimately find their voice. 

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BARBICAN DEBATES

THE FOOL IS THE ONLY ONE WHO SPEAKS THE TRUTH - SATURDAY 9 NOVEMBER

To what extent can comedy effect real change?

DEFEND THE RIGHT TO OFFEND? - SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER

Free speech can make for uncomfortable listening. Do we have an ethical responsibility to censor the problematic? Or is addressing difficult issues through culture effective in our recognising of right and wrong?

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The work of the RSC Literary Department is generously supported by THE DRUE AND H.J. HEINZ II CHARITABLE TRUST

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