Submissions policy

The Barbican is Europe’s largest multi-arts and conference venue. The Barbican presents fresh new work that hovers on the very edges of classification. Much of the work that we present is co-commissioned by us.

The Theatre (capacity 1156) and The Pit (capacity 150) are programmed by the Head of Theatre and the programming team and inclusion is by invitation only. We do not hire the Theatre out for performance purposes, but it is occasionally available for commercial hire.

We often programme a year in advance, however, we are happy to receive material on drama, dance and music theatre projects and will review everything sent to us. Please send information about your company and full details of the production to 

If you would like to invite a member of the programming team to come and see your work, please get in touch by emailing us at  Please try to give us as much notice as possible and we’ll do our best to come along.

Alternatively, you may send information about your company and your production together with a DVD to:

Head of Theatre
Barbican Centre
Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS

Please note that due to the large volume of materials we receive, it is not possible to provide individual responses. We are happy to return materials if you include a stamped addressed envelope. Please do not send us your only copy.

We will contact artists with whom we wish to undertake further discussion. If your work is being considered we will be in contact within a short time of receiving your information.

Each year, the Barbican hosts The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award. The purpose of the award is, in particular, to help the development of emerging practitioners in the field of experimental theatre and, in general, to encourage the new generation of creative artists. More info here.

The Barbican’s Creative Learning department runs regular professional development events such as workshops and the Open Lab programme: a laboratory to experiment in a working theatrical space (The Pit) without the expectation of a final product. You can find information about the Open Labs here and more information about the Barbican’s professional development activities here.