The Barbican presents innovative and inspiring theatre and dance from around the world

We showcase international theatre, dance and performance by leading companies, auteurs and emerging artists that challenge the idea of what theatre can be.

We invest in the artists of today and tomorrow through the commissioning of new work, showcasing emerging talent and collaborating with our Artistic Associates – Boy Blue Entertainment, Cheek by Jowl, Michael Clark Company and Deborah Warner.

Through our activities we hope to inspire more people to discover and love the arts. We programme free offsite events in East London, offer reduced price tickets to 14-25 year olds for our shows through Young Barbican, present regular post-show talks and offer access to artists and directors, present an innovative offer for families and younger theatre-goers, and create online content for our special themed seasons.