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Our Programming Policy

Barbican Theatre is awaiting the results of the Arts Council England National Portfolio process which concludes in July 2017 to better understand its future relationship with presenting a programme of theatre and dance.

Without further investment from Arts Council we will be unable to continue our traditional programming arrangements. It is likely that, in this event, we will be negotiating with artists and companies on a new basis to ensure that presenting work covers direct and indirect costs of production and supports the theatre to be more sustainable.

In the interim period, we are happy to discuss commercial proposals or hires of the theatre. If you wish to discuss this with us further, then please email us on

N.B. Please be aware that the volume of enquiries we receive means we cannot consider all programming enquiries.

Music & B-Bar Programming

The B-Bar present an extensive programme of music events and gigs across all styles, drawn from artists and bands locally, nationally and internationally.

Acts interested in being a part of the B-Bar’s programme music should contact Luke Foster, B-Bar Promoter on

Our Programming History

Historically at Barbican Theatre we have programmed professional touring work across dance, theatre and live performance. As a small venue delivering a comprehensive workshop and outreach programme, our programming remit has particularly focused on work which supports this strand of delivery whilst also being of high quality, and engaging new and diverse audiences.

Our main programming focus has been our Creative Residency programme, during which we have provided opportunities for young people and emerging artists to work with visiting companies through one-off workshops, residencies and open rehearsals. We encourage artists to open up their creative processes through working with our training companies, which in turn helps their development as future artists.

Artists who have previously performed at Barbican Theatre include Matthew Bourne, Bryony Kimmings, Ridiculusmus and Benjamin Zephaniah. Many of these artists presented work at early stages of their careers; we are always excited by the potential of other artists to have similarly successful careers.