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To Be or Not To Be
Ryan North, William Shakespeare, and YOU.

The best thing about this book is that if you choose to do exactly what Ophelia does in the play you get put in time out.

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Fourth Barbican Post: How to get there

The good news is that Barbican has its own tube station. The station is served by the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines, so getting there is not a problem. The bad news is that Barbican is not only the theatre, it’s a whole estate (see second picture). So, if you ask anyone how to get to the Barbican, they will smile at you, and they’ll tell you that all that you see getting out of the tube station is the Barbican. (Yes, that’s exactly what happened to semioticsofdeduction and me)

Here’s what you have to do: across the street is Beech Street, the one that looks like a tunnel. That’s the way you have to go. On the other side of the tunnel you walk up to the next corner. That’s Silk Street. Turn right and now you should see the Bs from the first picture and the glass roofs that frame the Barbican theatre’s fly tower. That’s the entrance. (On the left of it, you’ll find the very nice stage door) Go through the hallway and behind the glass doors you’ll see the counter where you’ll get your tickets and to the left the entrance to the theatre.

That’s it, that was my last post about the theatre. If you can, do yourself a favour and explore the Barbican Centre a little bit. It’s a great space for the arts. It has cinemas, restaurants, a concert hall, two theatres and a library. We were at Digital Revolution, a wonderful exhibition, but it sadly ends September 14th. As always, if you have any questions, ask away.

First Barbican Post: The Auditorium

Second Barbican Post: Backstage

Third Barbican Post: The Stage

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    Gertrude?? More like Gert-RUDE for marrying my murderous uncle right after he killed my dad
— Hamlet, at some point probably
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Second Barbican Post: Backstage

First picture has to be of course the stage door. Julian was very excited about it during Hamlet, but we had to tell him that sadly, and for the better, BC won’t be doing it.

The Barbican is a labyrinth, and 80% of it is underground. The stage Door is at level F, the stage at level B and level A is the deepest.

The dressing rooms are on stage level. They are very plain and the same for everyone, the only difference being, that the “star” dressing room has a shower in it.

The room with the tables is Barbican’s famous “Green Room”, that’s the room where the actors wait before and during the performance. The bad news for our favourite actor is that smoking is forbidden in the whole building.

Link to First Barbican Post: The Auditorium

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Anonymous whispered: First of all thank you so much for your barbican posts! My question is probably rather stupid: on the theatre plans the rows in the stalls go till "T" but when I tried counting I only got to "Q"? Either I miscounted or some rows aren't visible?Thanks


Not stupid at all! That’s because the Barbican Theatre doesn’t have the rows I, N and O. Don’t ask me why.


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First Barbican Post

As I told you yesterday semioticsofdeduction and I did the Hidden Barbican Tour with the wondeful Julian Fox, the keeper of Barbican’s stage door. And since we learned so many interesting things and were allowed to take pictures, I will do a few posts about it this week.

Because of reasons, I’ll start with the auditorium. I tried to take as many different angles as possible, so that you guys get an overview. It was designed by the Royal Shakespear Company and it has 1.156 seats. The RSC wanted the audience to be near and so no seat is further afar than 21 meters. The camera makes it look bigger. When Julian opened the curtain, we were all surprised at how close everything is. It has no centre aisle, but every row has a door on each side. Every little light on the side walls demarcates a door.

In the first three pictures of the auditorium you can see the stalls, and the next ones show you the circle, the upper circle and the gallery. I don’t know if you can see it, but the higher the seatings the nearer to the stage they are build. The upper circle overlaps the circle and the same happens to the gallery.

Julian told us the the seats have been voted by the audience as the most comfortable ones in London. And the curtain is not a curtain. It is a silver metal barier that disappears up and down. So the line that you see on the last pic is not the stage line, it’s just the separation line of the curtain. The stage is lower.

That’s it for today. Way to much information, I know, but it was such a great experience to get to know all this. If you have any questions, ask away.

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Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet: Tickets Selling Out As 31,000 Fans Queue Online


The play, which is to take place at the Barbican Theatre from 5 August to 31 October 2015, is directed by critically acclaimed director Lyndsey Turner (Chimerica) and is also rumoured to star British actor Gary Oldman as Claudius.

and is also rumoured to star British actor Gary Oldman as Claudius.

and is also rumoured to star British actor Gary Oldman as Claudius.


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i don’t want to live in a world where i’m not allowed to enjoy both Shakespeare and Ke$ha.

Wake up in the mornin’ feel quite Hamlet-y

Grab my skull, I’m out the door, I’m gonna act real shitty

Before I leave, overthink if I’m on the right track

Cuz if I kill my uncle tonight, he ain’t comin back

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As always I’ll post better pics this week when I’m home, but this is information that I think should be out there before the tickets go on sale tomorrow.
semioticsofdeduction and I did the Hidden Barbican tour today and learned a lot about the theater. The most important thing being that it was designed so that no member of the audience would be more than 21 meters away from the stage. Not even the people up on the galleries. It is a big theatre, but standing on the stage, it is surprisingly small and every seat seams close. You will have a good view from everywhere!
Over the next few days, I’ll make a Barbican series with posts about the auditorium, back stage, the stage and how to get to the theatre. Of course with the better pictures.

Best of luck to everyone booking today! 21m from Benedict, that’s good right? ;) Join the queue, opens at 10am:

Stalls - Sold Out
Circle - Nearly Sold Out
Upper Circle - Limited Availability
Gallery - Fair Availability

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