Barbican Theatre News

Benedict Cumberbatch-Led HAMLET Eyeing West End, Stateside Runs?Benedict Cumberbatch-Led HAMLET Eyeing West End, Stateside Runs?
by Jessica Khan - Jul 30, 2015

Lyndsey Turner's production of William Shakespeare's HAMLET, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role, will begin performances at the Barbican Theatre next month. But with hundreds of fans traveling from across the globe to see the SHERLOCK actor take on the Bard for measly 12-week run, the only thing theatergoers†want to know is -- will the show transfer, to†where,†and when? (more...)

Sonia Friedman Promises 'Timeless', 'Rock-and-Roll' HAMLET With Benedict CumberbatchSonia Friedman Promises 'Timeless', 'Rock-and-Roll' HAMLET With Benedict Cumberbatch
by Jessica Khan - Jul 29, 2015

Lyndsey Turner's production of William Shakespeare's HAMLET, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role, will begin performances at the Barbican Theatre next month. And Producer Sonia Friedman is†being tight-lipped about what Cumberbatch groupies, many of whom are unfamiliar with the Bard, will see in London. (more...)

AMERICAN IDIOT, Starring Amelia Lily, Opens Tonight in the West EndAMERICAN IDIOT, Starring Amelia Lily, Opens Tonight in the West End
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2015

Green Day's explosive award-winning Broadway musical American Idiot†blasts into the UK, opening tonight 22 July at The Arts Theatre, Leicester Square. (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: July 11-17THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: July 11-17
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 17, 2015

Working up your strategy for how to win the Hamilton? lottery? Fantasizing over the cute puppy you saw at Broadway Barks?†Didn't have time check in on all of the latest Broadway news? Well don't worry BroadwayWorld has rounded up some of the biggest stories from this week from Broadway and beyond with BroadwayWorld's 'This Week in Pictures.' Highlights from this week include a first look at THE WILD PARTY, AMAZING GRACE and Benedict Cumberbatch†and so much more! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Benedict Cumberbatch in Rehearsal for Barbican's HAMLETPhoto Flash: First Look at Benedict Cumberbatch in Rehearsal for Barbican's HAMLET
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2015

Rehearsal photos have been released†for†Lyndsey Turner's production of†William Shakespeare's†Hamlet†with Benedict Cumberbatch†in the title role - check them out below! (more...)

BWW Previews: The London Stage, July 2015BWW Previews: The London Stage, July 2015
by Alice Chappell - Jul 1, 2015

A quick glance into what's entering and departing the West End this month. Happy viewing! (more...)

West End's AMERICAN IDIOT, Starring Amelia Lily, Announces Full CastWest End's AMERICAN IDIOT, Starring Amelia Lily, Announces Full Cast
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2015

Full casting is announced for Green Day's explosive award-winning Broadway musical†American Idiot†as it blasts into the UK from 17†July, at The Arts Theatre, Leicester Square. The full cast are†Luke Baker†(Theo),†Natasha Barnes†(Heather),†Alexis Gerred†(Tunny),†Llandyll Gove†(Gerard),†Raquel Jones†(Extraordinary girl),†Natasha Karp†(Alysha)†Robyn Mellor†(Libby),†Lucas Rush†(St. Jimmy),†Steve Rushton†(Will),†Aaron Sidwell†(Johnny) and†Ross William Wild†(Joshua). They join the previously announced†X Factor star,†Amelia Lily†who is playing Whatshername. (more...)

West End's HAMLET, Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Announces Full CastWest End's HAMLET, Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Announces Full Cast
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2015

Rehearsals begin today (15 June 2015) for†Lyndsey Turner's production of†William Shakespeare's†Hamlet†with†Benedict Cumberbatch†in the title role.†† (more...)


by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2015

Sonia Friedman Productions, in partnership with Sky Arts, has allocated 100 £10 tickets, spread throughout the auditorium for every performance of Lyndsey Turner's production of Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role at the Barbican Theatre from 5 August 2015. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2015

Sonia Friedman Productions,†in partnership with†Sky Arts, has†allocated†100 £10 tickets, spread throughout the auditorium for every performance of†Lyndsey Turner's production of†Hamlet†starring†Benedict Cumberbatch†in the title role at the Barbican Theatre from†5 August 2015. (more...)

Rachelle Ann Go, Jeremy Secomb, Phil Daniels & More to Join West End's LES MISERABLESRachelle Ann Go, Jeremy Secomb, Phil Daniels & More to Join West End's LES MISERABLES
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2015

Now in its record breaking 30th year, Cameron Mackintosh is delighted to announce new casting for "LES MISERABLES" at the Queen's Theatre. Joining the cast from 15 June 2015 are: Phil Daniels as 'Thenardier', Jeremy Secomb as 'Javert', Rachelle Ann Go as 'Fantine'; Katy Secombe as 'Madame Thenardier' and Zoe Doano as 'Cosette.' (more...)

Winners of Inaugural ALSO RECOGNISED AWARDS AnnouncedWinners of Inaugural ALSO RECOGNISED AWARDS Announced
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

The full list of winners are announced today in the inaugural Also Recognised Awards, the new audience-voted, industry accolade set up by theatre commentators Mark Shenton and Terri Paddock to celebrate lesser-known but equally worthy talent in fields overlooked by other awards bodies. Over a month's voting, more than 15,000 people took part. (more...)

Photo Flash: West End's LES MISERABLES Debuts 30th Anniversary PostcardsPhoto Flash: West End's LES MISERABLES Debuts 30th Anniversary Postcards
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2015

Based on Victor Hugo's classic novel, Boublil and Schonberg's magnificent score of 'LES MISERABLES'includes the songs, 'I Dreamed a Dream', 'On My Own', 'Stars', 'Bring Him Home', 'Do You Hear the People Sing?', 'One Day More', 'Empty Chairs at Empty Tables', 'Master Of The House' and many more. Now in its 29th sell out year in London 'LES MISERABLES' originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on 8 October 1985, transferred to the Palace Theatre on 4 December 1985 and moved to its current home at the Queen's Theatre on 3 April 2004 where it is still playing to standing room only. When'LES MISERABLES' celebrated its 21st London birthday on 8 October 2006, it became the World's Longest Running Musical, surpassing the record previously held by 'Cats' in London's West End. In January 2010, the West End production broke another record by celebrating its historic 10,000th performance. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the legendary musical 'LES MISERABLES' made theatrical history with an international first - three different productions playing in London simultaneously. The Original Production at the Queen's Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, the acclaimed New 25th Anniversary Production at the Barbican (where the show originally premiered in 1985) and the celebratory concert at The O2. Seen by nearly 65 million people worldwide in 43 countries and in 22 languages, 'LES MISERABLES' is undisputedly one of the world's most popular musicals ever written, with new productions continually opening around the globe, with seven more currently scheduled. There have been 47 cast recordings of'LES MISERABLES', including the multi-platinum London cast recording, the Grammy Award-winning Broadway cast and complete symphonic albums, the live recording of the New 25th Anniversary Production and now the motion picture soundtrack which has sold over 1.5 million copies and has topped the iTunes charts. The DVDs of the 10th Anniversary Royal Albert Hall Gala Concert and the 25thAnniversary at the O2 Arena have sold millions of copies worldwide. (more...)

Review Roundup: English National Opera's 9/11 Opera BETWEEN WORLDSReview Roundup: English National Opera's 9/11 Opera BETWEEN WORLDS
by Review Roundups - Apr 13, 2015

Between Worlds is the highly anticipated operatic debut from composer Tansy Davies, who collaborates with director Deborah Warner and librettist Nick Drake on this world premiere from the English National Opera. (more...)

Earl Carpenter to Succeed Will Swenson in LES MISERABLES on BroadwayEarl Carpenter to Succeed Will Swenson in LES MISERABLES on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

Acclaimed British actor Earl Carpenter will return to the role of Javert in Cameron Mackintosh's new production of Claude-Michel Schonberg & Alain Boublil's LES MISERABLES beginning Tuesday, May 12 at Broadway's Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street). Will Swenson will give his final performance as Javert Sunday, May 10. Carpenter performed the role on Broadway last summer while Swenson was on hiatus from the production for another project. (more...)

OLIVIERS 2015: SUNNY AFTERNOON And Young Vic's A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Big Winners!OLIVIERS 2015: SUNNY AFTERNOON And Young Vic's A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Big Winners!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2015

Hosted by acclaimed actor and comedian Lenny Henry, the ceremony featured a showstopping finale with Kevin Spacey and Beverley Knight performing a one-off version of Bridge Over Troubled Water with the full Oliviers Orchestra and the 90-strong Arts Educational Choir under Musical Director Larry Blank. Hampstead Theatre and the Young Vic are the big winners of the night, winning four awards each (more...)

Leo Bill, Sian Brooke, Jim Norton & More to Join Benedict Cumberbatch in West End HAMLETLeo Bill, Sian Brooke, Jim Norton & More to Join Benedict Cumberbatch in West End HAMLET
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2015

Joining Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the title role in Lyndsey Turner's production ofWilliam Shakespeare's Hamlet, are Leo Bill as Horatio, Sian Brooke as Ophelia,Anastasia Hille as Gertrude, Ciaran Hinds as Claudius, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith asLaertes and Jim Norton as Polonius. (more...)

Ciaran Hinds Joins Benedict Cumberbatch in HAMLET at the Barbican This AutumnCiaran Hinds Joins Benedict Cumberbatch in HAMLET at the Barbican This Autumn
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2015

The Daily Mail writes that Ciaran Hinds will play 'Claudius' in Sonia Friedman Productions' upcoming staging of HAMLET, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role at the Barbican Theatre. (more...)

Benedict Cumberbatch-Led HAMLET Will Be Broadcast in US Cinemas Through NT Live This Fall!Benedict Cumberbatch-Led HAMLET Will Be Broadcast in US Cinemas Through NT Live This Fall!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2015

Fathom Events, in partnership with National Theatre Live and BY Experience, are pleased to present 'NT Live: Hamlet' on October 15, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. local time. Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) takes on the title role of William Shakespeare's great tragedy directed by Lyndsey Turner and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions. Captured live earlier the same day, the event will be broadcast from London's Barbican Theatre to select U.S. cinemas. (more...)

Cast Set for Sketty Theatre's RESULT at Pleasance IslingtonCast Set for Sketty Theatre's RESULT at Pleasance Islington
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2015

Sketty Theatre today announces the cast for Result at the Pleasance Islington, a new play that confronts the image of glamour and wealth in football and exposes the hidden existence of depression and anxiety among young players. (more...)

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