What’s going on behind the scenes during Complicité's production of The Encounter? Before you see the play, enjoy a different experience of the theatre with our backstage tour.
First presented here in 2016, The Encounter blew away audiences. Simon McBurney delves into the depths of the Amazon rainforest to ask urgent questions about how we live and what we believe to be true. Following a hit Broadway run and international tour, ‘one of the most fully immersive theatre pieces ever created’ is back (NY Times).
Hear behind-the-scenes secrets about how the show and effects was devised, get a closer look at the sets and find out backstage stories about pre-production and rehearsals.
Search out the nooks and crannies of a working theatre, exploring the wings and the fly tower, as you are treated to the history of the theatre in the company of our expert Barbican Explorers.
Tours last 60 minutes and depart from the Advanced Tickets Desk on the Mezzanine. Suitable for ages 12+.
This tour is not fully accessible, if you have access requirements please contact us in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org and adjustments can be made to accommodate you in advance
Silk Street, London
Nearby public transport
We are within walking distance from a number of London Underground stations, the closest being Barbican, St Paul’s and Moorgate. The nearest train stations are Liverpool Street and Farringdon. Bus Route 153 runs directly past the Barbican along Chiswell Street
Car and bicycle parking
We have free bicycle spaces and paid car parking spaces available
Spaces for wheelchair users in the rear of the Stalls (four) and row B of the upper circle (four), both with companion seats. Row B is reached via a platform lift, and staff will be happy to help you. Seats in the back row of the Stalls are suitable for people with limited mobility.
Assistance dogs may be taken into the theatre – please tell us when booking, to ensure your seat has enough space. If you prefer, you may leave your dog with a member of the cloakroom staff during the performance.
For our occasional BSL-signed performances. Stalls seats close to the signer are reserved for people with hearing impairments. Please book early and ask for these seats.
These display the full text of the play on a screen as the actors speak the words. Seats with the best view of the screen are reserved for people with hearing impairments, so please book early and ask for these seats.
Audio-described performances and amplified sound
Headsets are available from the sales kiosk outside the Stalls Right entrance to the theatre
For more access information, please visit our Accessibility section.