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Step back in time and immerse yourself in the rich historical tapestry of London's revered Barbican Theatre. Opened in 1982, this cultural landmark has played an integral role in shaping the city's theatrical legacy. It is a part of the Barbican Centre Arts Complex. From its innovative design by Chamberlin, Powell, and Bon to hosting world-class performances across genres, the Barbican Theatre stands as a timeless testament to London's enduring love affair with the arts. Journey to the place where the echoes of artistic brilliance resonate through the ages.

Venue Details

Address: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Opened: March 1982

Seating Capacity: 1154
Stalls: 679
Royal Circle: 195
Upper Circle: 143
Gallery: 137

Now Playing At The Barbican Theatre

Practical Information


Accessible Seating: The Stalls offer four spaces for wheelchair users with companion seats at the rear, while the Upper Circle's row B also provides four accessible spaces with a platform lift. Staff assistance is available. Additionally, the back row of the Stalls (T) provides step-free access, but other rows require stairs for access.

Accessible Washrooms: There are accessible toilets situated on the Circle (within the theatre) and the Foyers (all levels). There are baby changing facilities available inside the center as well, on Level 3, Level G, Level Minus 1, Level Minus 2 and Cinema 2/3.

Parking: Car parks are accessible to everyone until midnight, via Silk Street or Beach Street Tunnel. There are lifts available for anyone who needs them.

Changing Facilities: The Beech Street Cinema complex has changing facilities for the differently abled. The facility has a height-adjustable bench, a tracking hoist system, a centrally placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin, and a shower.

Lifts/Ramps: Elevators are available on all levels, linked to internal theatre lifts. Main lifts on the Stalls floor or ground floor can be used. Ticket specifies your designated level and door. Step-free access to Barbican Level G Foyer is also provided.

Available Facilities

Cloakroom: To safely store your bags and coats, cloakrooms are available 90 minutes before the show and 30 minutes after the show ends.

Gift Shops: The Barbican Theatre Shop on Level G offers a magnificent range of accessories, gifts, cards and stationery.

Handy Tips

  • Reaching Early: The Barbican Theatre box office and online portals are open to everyone for buying tickets. Book your tickets in advance to watch the shows.
  • Accessibility: For visitors who need special assistance, it is advisable that they inform the venue in advance for a smooth experience.
  • Dress Code: There is no official dress code for the people visiting the Barbican Theatre, except for the ones who perform on stage. Visitors are free to wear anything they feel comfortable in, however, they are mostly seen in smart casuals.
  • Food and Beverage: There is an enticing range of bars, cafes, and restaurants within and around the Barbican Centre for you to grab a drink and a bite before and after the shows.
  • Outside Food and Drinks Policy: Small amounts of sweets, snacks, and soft drinks are allowed during performances (no glass). Outside hot food, alcohol, and hot drinks are not allowed. Please be considerate of others and use provided bins for rubbish.
  • Recording Policy: Capturing and recording, without the use of flash, is permitted only for specific parts of the shows. However, commercial sales of the recording are strictly prohibited.

Getting There

Tube: Barbican (Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Circle), Moorgate (Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Circle), and St Paul's (Central) are closest. St Paul's is the closest Night Tube station (Friday and Saturday) on the Central line stations.

Bus: 153 passes by the Barbican on Chiswell Street. Bus Routes 4 and 56, serving Barbican tube station, are nearby.

Restaurants near Barbican Theatre

1. Bonfire: A contemporary restaurant within the Barbican Centre, offering a varied menu of wood-fired dishes, from succulent steaks to creative vegetarian options.

2. Martini Bar: Situated in the Barbican Centre, this innovative bar serves a wide selection of classic martinis and cocktails, perfect for pre-theatre dining. Enjoy the classic 007 martini with views over the foyers and lakeside.

3. Searcys: A stylish restaurant with stunning views of the Barbican Lakeside, offering a menu inspired by seasonal British classics and European dishes, and a fantastic selection of champagne and wines.

4. Côte Brasserie: Just a short walk away from the Barbican, this French-inspired brasserie offers a diverse menu featuring classic dishes made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.

5. Barbican Kitchen: Discover culinary delights at the alluring Barbican Kitchen within the Barbican Centre. Indulge in delicious mains and irresistible desserts, making it a must-visit spot for food lovers and cultural enthusiasts alike.

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