Box Office Contacts

Box Office:020 7638 8891
Access Booking:020 7638 8891
Group Booking:020 7382 7211
Stage Door:020 7638 8891
Visit the official website


Opened by the Queen in March 1982, the Barbican Theatre is part of the vast Barbican Centre, which heralds art, cinema, theatre and culture. Funded by the City of London Corporation, the Barbican Centre was intended as a centre for the arts. With a seating capacity of 1,166, the Barbican was originally designed to be the London home of the Royal Shakespeare Company. The RSC remained at the venue until 2002, when they decided not to renew their contract.

Since then, the Barbican Theatre has become a holding place for touring productions from companies such as Cheek by Jowl, Blue Boy Entertainment, the RSC and Michael Clarke Company. The centre is also associated with international companies including New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Jazz at the Lincoln Centre and more.

Notable productions at the theatre have included the RSC's Henry IV saga, as well as Sonia Friedman's sell-out Hamlet (2015), starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Well-known for hosting avant-garde theatre and touring productions, several shows pass through the Barbican throughout the year. The venue is best-known for hosting RSC productions, including The Taming of the Shrew, Measure for Measure and As You Like It (2019).

In 2019, the Barbican hosted the transfer of Jesus Christ Superstarwhich originally played at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in summer 2016 and 2017. The production won the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival and was praised hugely by audiences and critics alike.

Past Shows

(closed 22 Aug 2020)
As You Like It
(closed 18 Jan 2020)
The Taming of the Shrew
(closed 18 Jan 2020)

Measure for Measure
(closed 16 Jan 2020)
Jesus Christ Superstar
(closed 24 Aug 2019)
King Lear RSC logo small
King Lear RSC
(closed 23 Dec 2016)

Cymebline logo small
Cymbeline RSC
(closed 22 Dec 2016)
Doctor Faustus RSC logo small
Doctor Faustus RSC
(closed 1 Oct 2016)
The Alchemist logo small
The Alchemist RSC
(closed 1 Oct 2016)

Hamlet small image
Hamlet (Barbican)
(closed 31 Oct 2015)
To Kill a Mockingbird 100x150
To Kill A Mockingbird - Barbican
(closed 25 Jul 2015)
A Mad world my masters small
A Mad World My Masters
(closed 9 May 2015)