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Barbican - June 2019 highlights

June preview

THEATRE highlights at the Barbican in June 2019 include:

The Knight of the Burning Pestle – in the Barbican Theatre from Wednesday, June 5 to Saturday, June 8.

Cheek by Jowl reunite with eminent Russian theatre company Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre to stage Francis Beaumont’s subversive comedy.

The London Merchant, a drama about dysfunctional families, begins. Suddenly, from the audience, a grocer and his wife clamber onto the stage, explaining to the astonished actors that while they quite like the play, it could be a bit better – more exciting.

Exotic locations, singing and dancing, and the appearance of a Knight are just what is needed to cheer the evening up. And, luckily, their apprentice Rafe is the man for the job.

Director Declan Donnellan and designer Nick Ormerod collaborate on this outrageous farce.

The Knight of the Burning Pestle is performed in Russian with English surtitles.

The Damned (Les Damnés) – in the Barbican Theatre from Wednesday, June 19 to Tuesday, June 25.

Crackling with intensity, this triumphant spectacle directed by Ivo van Hove depicts the disintegration of a society, undone through a venomous alliance, the drama finding unsettling parallels today.

Luchino Visconti’s screenplay is the springboard for a ceaselessly creative production, which follows a family of German industrialists – the corrupt and debauched Essenbeck clan. With echoes of Greek and Shakespearean tragedy, their deepening collusion with the nascent Nazi regime puts them on a perilous path to destruction.

Invited to direct the illustrious troupe of the Comédie-Française for the first time, van Hove and his long-time collaborator Jan Versweyveld populate the Barbican stage with a company of 30 actors and technicians.

The Damned (Les Damnés) is performed in French with English surtitles.

Also at the Barbican: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar (July 4 to August 24, 2019 – 60 performances only).

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 020 7638 8891 or visit www.barbican.org.uk/.