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Our Programming Policy

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

Our main programming focus is our Creative Residency programme, during which we provide 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.

If you believe your work is suited to our programme and venue, 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