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The Barbican Centre was opened by HM The Queen on 3 March 1982. The Barbican's architects were able to work on a new site, utilising the ground that was destroyed by the Blitz in World War Two. The Barbican Centre contains a concert hall, two theatres, three cinemas, two art galleries, a public lending library and conversatory.
The largest venue inside the Barbican Centre is the Barbican Hall. The Barbican Hall has a seating capacity of 1,943 people, and is typically home to concerts and music events from classical to contemporary. The main venue at the Barbican Centre is the Barbican Theatre, with a seating capacity of 1,156. Previous shows at Barbican Theatre include Jesus Christ Superstar and Grief is the Thing With Feathers.
The Barbican may not be the prettiest venue; it was voted "London's ugliest building" in 2003. But, its stand-out architectural design makes it an integral part of London's skyline.
Location: Fringe/Off West End Railway station: Moorgate Bus numbers: (Beech Street) 76, 153; (City Road) 21, 43, 141, 205, 214, 271 Night bus numbers: (Beech Street) N76; (City Road) 43, 205, 214, 271 Car park: Aldersgate Street underground car park (10mins) Directions from tube: (10mins) Take Goswell Road and turn right at Fann Street. Continue straight onto Fortune Street, before turning right at Whitecross Street and follow it all the way down to the theatre entrance.