Backstage Tours

New Perspectives

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Step behind the scenes and see the Barbican Theatre from a new perspective on our 60 minute Backstage Tour

You’ll learn how the architects incorporated the theatre into the building’s design and hear secrets of past productions as you roam the colourful floors of our backstage labyrinth.

Peek into the stage wings, Green Room, orchestra pit and more in our working theatre. You’ll get a closer look at set design mechanisms and get insight into the technology which makes a show come to life. Highlights include the impressive fly tower - a specialist hoisting system used to switch sets on the stage below.

Taking you up, over and below our renowned stage, our Backstage Tours will give you the opportunity to enjoy a different experience of the theatre.   

  • Tour duration: 60 minutes
  • Meet at Tickets and Information Desk
  • Suitable for ages 12+
  • Present your same day backstage tour ticket at any Benugo outlet in the Barbican to enjoy a coffee and cake for £4.50
  • Please note that this is a working theatre and the route is subject to change. There may be glimpses of rehearsals, set changes and other behind-the-scenes action or the theatre may be quiet in-between shows.
  • Please be aware that due to the nature of this tour and the age of the building the route is not fully accessible and will be unsuitable for those who require step-free access. If you have any access requirements please contact us in advance at access@barbican.org.uk or call the box office on 0845 120 7511.

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No booking fee. Discounted tickets subject to availability.

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