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Following his acclaimed productions of Hamlet, Coriolanus and a Kabuki Twelfth Night, Japanese director Yukio Ninagawa returns to the Barbican with his eagerly-awaited adaptation of Shakespeare's romance tragedy, Cymbeline.

29 May - 2 Jun, Barbican Theatre:
Following his acclaimed productions of Hamlet, Coriolanus and a Kabuki Twelfth Night, Japanese director Yukio Ninagawa returns to the Barbican with his eagerly-awaited adaptation of Shakespeare's romance tragedy, Cymbeline.

Full of sexual jealousy, tension, intrigue and magic, the play is perfectly suited to Ninagawa's visually powerful style, imbued with beautiful Japanese imagery.

 'Yukio Ninagawa's Japanese Shakespeare productions have been among the experiences of a lifetime.' The Guardian

Desdemona:
by Toni Morrison, Rokia Traoré and Peter Sellars. Featuring Tina Benko.

19 & 20 Jul, Barbican Hall:
The story of Desdemona from Shakespeare's Othello re-imagined by Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison, acclaimed opera director Peter Sellars and musician Rokia Traore, in an intimate dialogue of words and music between Desdemona and her African nurse Barbary. Toni Morrison's words give voice to the largely-silent women of Shakespeare, played by actress Tina Benko and Malian singer and songwriter Rokia TraorĂ©, whose delicate & beautiful songs provide the musical texture of the evening.

'A rare and delicate show that shines a new light on Shakespeare's tragedy.' La Croix (France)

Based on real experiences, this powerful show revealed the terrifying complexities of trafficking today. We extend our congratulations to its director Cora Bissett, and everyone involved in the making of this production.

 

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