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Fräulein Julie and more at the Barbican

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE BARBICAN has announced its programme for the remainder of the spring/summer 2013 season (April to July 2013).

Schaubühne Berlin return to the Barbican with the UK premiere of Fräulein Julie, which runs from Tuesday, April 30 to Saturday, May 4 (5 performances).

Strindberg’s tragedy is re-imagined for the digital age as theatrical performance and film converge, lending fresh perspective to a classic story.

Aristocratic Julie and Jean, a servant in her household, are entangled in a sexually charged game. But as their dangerous pursuit escalates, this production finds a new focus. For it is Jean’s fiancée, Kristin, a cook of few words, who is given a voice in this moving adaptation that uses real-time film and live sound effects to track the life-changing events through her eyes.

Recognised for her virtuosic blend of theatre and technology, Katie Mitchell co-directs with regular collaborator Leo Warner in their Schaubühne and Barbican debuts.

NB: Following Fräulein Julie the Theatre will be closed from May to autumn 2013 for major backstage maintenance, refurbishment and improvement. This work represents a commitment to excellence in the arts from the Barbican and its major funder the City of London and will ensure that it remains a world-class theatre with state-of-the-art technology. Athough the Barbican Theatre will be closed while this work takes place, productions will continue to be presented off-site.

The first off-site production is the world premiere of Bank On It by the award-winning children’s theatre company Theatre-Rites. Running from Saturday, June 22 to Sunday, July 14, the 42 performances will take place at an east London venue yet to be announced.

This topical production follows the company’s performances of Mojo at the Barbican in 2011 and is co-commissioned by the Barbican, Theatre-Rites and CREATE, in association with Warwick Arts Centre.

Come and explore the secrets of our bank. Step inside and you’ll discover that something’s not quite right in this kingdom of money. Can we count on your help? Guided by a cast of actors, puppeteers and some unexpected characters, you’ll enter an irresistible realm inspired by fairy tales and folklore. Find out whether money really does grow on trees or if it makes the world go round in this new interactive production.

Renowned for creating extraordinary shows in everyday spaces, Theatre-Rites enchants families in the UK and beyond with beautifully crafted performances made for young people.

The second off-site production sees Australian contemporary circus company Circa collaborate for the first time with I Fagiolini, the British vocal ensemble specialising in Renaissance and contemporary music. The piece, How Like An Angel, runs from Tuesday, June 25 to Friday, June 28 (6 performances) at St Bartholomew the Great.

How Like An Angel originally premiered last year and was part of the London 2012 Festival. This summer, as part of the City of London Festival, it is presented in association with the Barbican at the historic London church, St Bartholomew the Great.

Six performers ascend, contort and tumble in an ethereal display of physical daring, accompanied by a live performance of sacred song. Sublime music soars as bodies are pushed to their limits amid the architectural grandeur of St Bartholomew the Great.

Circa’s exhilarating brand of contemporary circus meets the exquisite sound of I Fagiolini in a show which celebrates the atmosphere of this historic church. Navigate its spaces to follow awe-inspiring acrobatic feats lifted by the harmonies of choral repertoire drawn from the 11th to 20th centuries.

How Like An Angel is directed by Yaron Lifschitz and has musical direction by Robert Hollingworth.

The third off-site production is the 2013 winner of the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award, Davy and Kristin McGuire with The Paper Architect, which runs from Wednesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 21 (36 performances) at an east London venue yet to be announced.

This charming show is co-produced by the Barbican with CREATE. It follows previous OSBTT Award winners You Me Bum Bum Train, Levantes Dance Theatre and Slung Low.

The Paper Architect tells the tale of a lonely man who longs for a life he never lived. Secluded in his workshop, he builds intricate models that become vessels for his eccentric dreams and melancholic memories. Paper craft and video projection combine to mesmerising effect in this intimate performance as the architect’s vivid imagination springs to life.

Winners of the 2013 Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award, Davy and Kristin McGuire are multidisciplinary artists whose work has included The Icebook and an atmospheric stage adaptation of the popular fantasy novel, Howl’s Moving Castle.

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Also at the Barbican: Dancing Around Duchamp and, over the 2013 Christmas season, Richard II with David Tennant in the title role.