As one of the largest of its kind in Europer, the Barbican is one of the top places in London for the best in the creative arts. Showing both the next big thing and the current trends in all kinds of media, the Barbican can give arts lovers hours upon hours of entertainment. Here is everything that people staying at the London City Suites Montcalm Brewery will need to know about the largest performing arts centre in Europe.
The Barbican is famous for its Brutalist Architecture, a style fashionable in the time of its opening in 1982. The complex concrete structure was designed around the Barbican estate by modernist architecture firm Chamberlain, Powell and Bon and has many entrances and exits around its area. Although unique in its appearance, the building’s concrete ziggurat has always divide opinion and is often voted as London’s ugliest building.
But with everything great in this world, and what you will be told by all staff at the London City Suites Montcalm Brewery, it’s what’s inside that counts. The Barbican is home to a plethora of performing spaces including the Milton Court Concert Hall, Milton Court Theatre, Milton Court Studio Theatre, the Frobisher Auditorium as well as an art gallery and three cinema screens.
Theatre and dance
The Barbican Centre hosts a whole range of progressive takes on classics and new writing. Pushing the boundaries of what to expect in Theatre, this year sees plays such as Richard III and The (Imaginary) Miosgynist being performed in one of the many performance spaces in the building. What’s more, the Barbican shares its performance space with the Guildhall School of Drama. There are also countless physical theatre and dance pieces which are put on every year. This month sees a range of ballets including Ballet Black and a Cuban Dance inspired piece.
The Barbican is also known for its great film screenings. As well as showing the best in international contemporary cinema, the cinema also shows both old and contemporary classics alongside talks with professional and highly respected film makers. This includes a question and answer session with Yorgos Lanthimos directed Dogtooth’s Editor Yorgos Mavropsaridis.
The Barbican also has its own art spaces and galleries, this year seeing the arrival of the beautiful light installation by Omer Arbel which will find a home in the Barbican foyer until the 18th of April. The Barbican will also host a display on the history of its architects Chamberlain, Powell and Bon with a focus on their unique and forward thinking approach to design.
The Barbican also acts as a platform to classical, contemporary and avant-garde musicians. This year sees Jazz Bassists and classical singers explore the worlds of Wagner and world music influenced Jazz.
How to get here
The Barbican is located close to Barbican station and is easily reachable by underground, bus and train.