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Gerstein/BBCSO/Bychkov Barbican, review

Pianist Kirill Gerstein performs Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.2 in G major with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Semyon Bychkov at the Barbican

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Kings Of War, theatre review

The four-and-a-half hour compression of Shakespeare's Henry V, three Henry VI plays and Richard III is impressive

Heard the one about the wooden skyscraper?

The London skyline is becoming increasingly dominated by tall towers made of steel and glass. Now something more extraordinary has been suggested to join the Shard, the Gherkin and even the Cheesegrater: a giant skyscraper made of wood.

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Macbeth, The Pit, Barbican Centre, London

Poland's Song of the Goat Theatre company – their name alludes to the Greek word for tragedy – created a stir in 2004 with Chronicles: A Lamentation, a startling 45-minute piece based on the epic of Gilgamesh.

Macbeth, Barbican Centre, London

There are no visible knives, gore, cauldrons or fateful letters. The witches are reduced to female voices that emerge from the silhouettes of the 12-strong company. Yet by the power of paradox and strong theatrical suggestion, Declan Donnellan's superb Cheek by Jowl version of Macbeth has a terrible and transfixing presence.

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra/Chailly, Barbican, London

Leipzig's venerable Gewandhaus Orchestra arrived at London's Barbican Centre with so much more than Bach's St Matthew Passion. They brought with them history, tradition and Bach's very own choir from St Thomas's Church, where his passion first startled Leipzig's faithful on Good Friday 1727.