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The Buddha of Suburbia

The RSC and Wise Children’s 'intoxicating, five-star' (Times) production of The Buddha of Suburbia transfers to London’s Barbican from 22 October for a limited 4-week season only.

South London in the late seventies. High unemployment, high inflation, food shortages and strikes. But despite the winter of discontent, 17-year-old Karim’s life is about to explode into glorious technicolour as he navigates a path to enlightenment. Or at the very least, Beckenham.

Director Emma Rice brings her unique and joyful style to Hanif Kureishi’s award-winning 1990 novel, exploring family, friends, sex, theatre and, ultimately, belonging, in a production that will you leave you 'on a rare high' (Telegraph).

Important Information

This production contains scenes of an adult nature, including depictions of nudity and sexual acts, and swearing throughout.

Age Restrictions

Ages 13+.

Performance Times

Now taking bookings for performances from Tue 22nd October 2024 until Sat 16th November 2024.

Show times for each day are below.

Mon

7.15pm

Tue

1.00pm
7.00pm

Wed

7.15pm

Thu

7.15pm

Fri

7.15pm

Sat

1.30pm
7.15pm

Sun

-

The Buddha of Suburbia photo from the show The Buddha of Suburbia photo from the show
The Buddha of Suburbia photo from the show
The Buddha of Suburbia photo from the show The Buddha of Suburbia photo from the show
The Buddha of Suburbia photo from the show
The Buddha of Suburbia photo from the show The Buddha of Suburbia photo from the show
The Buddha of Suburbia photo from the show
The Buddha of Suburbia photo from the show The Buddha of Suburbia photo from the show
The Buddha of Suburbia photo from the show
The Buddha of Suburbia photo from the show The Buddha of Suburbia photo from the show
The Buddha of Suburbia photo from the show

Barbican Details

Buses Icon Bus routes: (Beech Street) 76, 153; (City Road) 21, 43, 141, 205, 214, 271

Night Buses Icon Night buses: (Beech Street) N76; (City Road) 43, 205, 214, 271

Rail Icon Nearest rail: Moorgate

London Underground Icon Tube lines: Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City

London Underground Icon Nearest tube: Barbican

Directions Icon Directions from Barbican :

(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.

Parking Icon Car park: Aldersgate Street underground car park (10mins)

Congestion Zone Icon In congestion zone?: Yes

Facilities at Barbican

Air conditioned

Bar

Disabled toilets

Infrared hearing loop

Toilets

Wheelchair accessible

Barbican Location

Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
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The Buddha of Suburbia

Barbican, London

Running until: Sat 16th November 2024

Running time: 2hr 50min. Incl. interval.