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07.12.2023 – 19.12.2023

Christmas at the Barbican Centre

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It's the most wonderful time of the year with fun festive events at the Barbican Centre this Christmas season.

Raymond Gubbay Christmas Festival

16 December - 1 January

Get in the Christmas Spirit as the Raymond Gubbay Christmas Festival returns to the Barbican Hall. Shows include Christmas Films with live orchestra, Christmas Concerts, Christmas Carol singalongs, ‘Horrible Histories: Horrible Christmas’ family events, and concerts featuring iconic movie soundtracks.

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Christmas with King's College Choir

20 December

The Choir of King's College, Cambridge joined on stage by the superb Crouch End Festival Chorus. A glorious programme of festive classics includes a sublime selection of carols performed by the angelic voices of the chapel choristers as well as Carols for all.

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My Neighbour Totoro by Royal Shakespeare Company / Joe Hisaishi

21 November - 23 March

Find your spirit with the “awe-inspiring” (Time Out) and “dazzling” (Guardian) My Neighbour Totoro, as this five-star, award-winning production returns to the Barbican for a strictly limited season. An enchanting coming-of-age story exploring the magical fantasy world of childhood and the transformative power of imagination, as it follows one extraordinary summer in the lives of sisters Satsuki and Mei. Book soon for this unmissable, “huge, healing hug of a show” (The Stage).

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Messiah / Britten Sinfonia

12 December

Enjoy a rare chance to hear Handel’s seasonal masterpiece in Mozart’s compelling re-imagining for late 18th century orchestra. With Mozart's addition of trombones, horns, flutes and clarinets to Handel’s oboes, bassoon and trumpets, there is an abundance of rich and surprising textures – but every inspired note of Handel’s original remains the same.

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Told by an Idiot: Get Happy

7 - 19 December

Physical comedy, live music, acrobatics, silly dancing and audience interaction all feature in this 'madcap little gem' (Time Out) which will have you and your little ones laughing out loud. Enter a world of artfully controlled chaos as this show for curious babies, kids and adults of all ages returns to the Barbican.

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