Barbican – Macbeth

“What’s done cannot be undone.” Can one get tired of Shakespeare?

There are quite a few Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) productions on run on the West End, but I saved one of my favourite Shakespeare tragedies for the Barbican. It’s hard to imagine visiting 45 West End productions and none of them being Shakespeare. Just like Globe, Barbican has a special atmosphere for Shakespeare plays, maybe due to the fact that RSC was involved with the design of the theatre.



Barbican Centre was founded and is owned and funded by the City of London Corporation. The construction of the centre began in 1963, lasting for 12 years, and opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 3 March 1982. The venue has two theatres, two art galleries, three cinemas, a concert hall, a tropical conservatory, a public library, three restaurants and seven conference halls. Barbican Hall is the home of the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Barbican Theatre was built as the London home of the Royal Shakespeare Company. RSC left the centre between 2001 and 2013 to develop the company’s touring performances.



It would be very ambitious for me to squeeze Shakespeare’s Macbeth in a paragraph or two, so I am going to give a very short summary of the plot, trusting most of you already know more about the play than I do.

Macbeth is a play about the Scottish general in the service of King Duncan of Scotland. Macbeth kills King Duncan to grab the power and take his position. Soon, blinded by the power Macbeth murders everyone who might be a potential threat. Macbeth is hunted by the ghosts of those, executed per his order. He loses his sanity and in a battle for the thrown of Scotland, assuming he is immortal, he lets himself be killed.



RSC’s new production of Macbeth at Barbican Theatre is directed by Polly Findlay.

Director:         Polly Findlay

Producer:        Royal Shakespeare Company

Casting:          Hannah Miller, Matthew Dewsbury, Annelie Powell (Children)

020 7845 0533; 07821 440 422



Bought my ticket from Barbican Centre box office. £37.5 for a front seat in the upper circle. The view was very good and I believe due to the exceptional architecture there should be very few seats (maybe far left or far right) with bad view.


Running time is 2 hours 20 minutes


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