Theater: The R.S.C. Debuts in a New Home

HENRY IV, PARTS 1 AND 2 by William Shakespeare

Barbican means fortification or defense. Remnants of Roman walls exist in the City of London, where the Barbican Center, a $280 million arts-cum-business complex, has been erected. Slabs and columns of pebbled concrete suggest a fortress built in modern medieval style. Splashed with bright reds and oranges on the inside to soften the austerity of the stone, the Barbican, which officially opened in March, is a labyrinth in which crowds still wander like students during freshman week, seeking the proper doors and directions. The center...

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