Silk Street London
Underground: Barbican, Moorgate
Editors Comment: "If you are not specifically coming to London just to go to the Barbican Theatre, then you may want to consider that the immediate area does not offer much in the way of attractions and shopping. Best to look at Baker Street in Marylebone where you can stroll to Oxford Street and most of London's finest at ease. There are many good hotels in this area ranging from bed and breakfast to 5 star rating. From Baker Street tube, Barbican is only 4 stops.
If you do stay at the Barbican and you are an early bird then check out the 140 year old Smithfield market every Monday to Friday but get there for 7am latest"
Part of the Barbican Centre arts complex, the Barbican Theatre is a 1,166 seater theatre which puts on arts and specialist performances, as well as having been the London home of the Royal Shakespeare Company. It provides innovative and modern theatre events, as well as hosting comedy.
The Barbican Theatre was built with the assistance of the RSC in order to become their permanent home in London. However, the RSC under artistic director Adrian Noble left in 2002 in order to concentrate on the companys touring performances. In response, the Barbican extended its season of theatre from around the world, the Barbican International Theatre Event, so that it made up the programming for the whole year. As a result, if you want the kind of theatrical experiences that the West End just cannot provide, and want to see innovative, daring theatre from around the world then you should definitely check out the Barbican Theatre and what it has on offer.
The Barbican Centre is Europes largest arts centre, and comprises a number of different buildings: Barbican Hall, The Pit (A flexible 200-seat theatre venue), the Barbican Art Gallery, Barbican Film, some informal performance spaces as well as three restaurants, seven conference halls, and two trade exhibition halls, in addition to the Barbican Theatre. As a result, even once you have found the Barbican centre it can still be difficult to find out exactly where you are trying to get to, and how to get there. Do not be afraid to ask someone if you get lost within the centre, which is not difficult to do for first-time visitors.
The easiest way to get to the Barbican is by tube, and Barbican tube beings you out just next to the centre (although a still a reasonable walk away from the Barbican Theatre). Farringdon and Moorgate tube stations are also within walking distance. The nearest mainline train station is Liverpool Street.
The Barbican Centre was erected on a site that was heavily damaged during the Blitz, and is one of the largest remaining examples of Brutalist architecture. The Centre itself is surrounded by the Barbican Housing estate, which complicates getting around it even further. There are a series of multi-level walkways and it has been designated a site of special architectural interest. It is a shame that what is interesting from an architectural standpoint is sometimes bizarre and impenetrable from ground level.
The Barbican Theatre is also home to the New Act Of The Year competition, the largest and most prestigious comedy prize for new acts in the country. Until 2011 it was the Hackney Empire New Act Of The Year Competition, and winners included Nina Conti, Russell Brand, Catherine Tate, Stewart Lee, and Ardal OHanlon.
The Barbican Theatre is an exciting venue that puts on challenging and unique works at the heart of one of the countrys most important centres for the arts. If you are looking for the cutting edge of performance art, then the chances are you will find it (or something very like it) at the Barbican.
|HOTEL / APARTMENT||POSTCODE||MILES||STAR||12 Dec||13 Dec||14 Dec||15 Dec||16 Dec||17 Dec||18 Dec||19 Dec|
|Barbican Station||1||Metropolitan - Circle line - Hammersmith & City||0.35 miles|
|Moorgate Station||1||Metropolitan - Northern - Circle line - Hammersmith & City||0.36 miles|
|Old Street Station||1||Northern||0.65 miles|
|St. Pauls Station||1||Central||0.74 miles|
|Liverpool Street Station||1||Metropolitan - Central - Circle line - Hammersmith & City||0.76 miles|
|Moorgate Station||0.31 miles|
|Barbican Station||0.39 miles|
|Old Street Station||0.73 miles|
|London Liverpool Street Station||0.78 miles|
|Farringdon Station||0.89 miles|