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Backstage Tours

The Encounter

Behind the Scenes image of The Encounter as part of Barbican Backstage Tours

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 [email protected] and adjustments can be made to accommodate you in advance


Cocktails, concrete and tonnes of charm

Pop into the Martini Bar for a pre-performance tipple, with Happy Hour from 5-6pm

Barbican Theatre