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Forests: A New Shakespeare Play @ Barbican Theatre

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Forests is a new play that will be performed at the Barbican between 6th-12th November. The play is based on a culmination of texts written by William Shakespeare, with the scenery inspired by plays such as As You Like It's Arden Forest, Macbeth's Birnam Wood, and the wilderness in King Lear.

This innovative concept comes from Calixto Bieito. The Spanish theatre director is known for his radical interpretation of classical works. The Guardian describes Forests as 'a visceral response to Shakespeare's texts', while The Independent said it was at 'first seductive, then dangerous'. Both gave four-star reviews.

The play starts at 7.45pm and lasts 1hr 40mins. Tickets are 16-35, and if you go on the 7th November then there will be a free post-show talk between Bieito and Deborah Shaw, director of the World Shakespeare Festival.
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Why? See Shakespeare reimagined
When: 6th-12th November
Phone: 020 7638 8891
Where: Barbican Centre
Cost: 16-35
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