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The Ghost Light

An empty Barbican Theatre lit with just a single white light on a stand stood on an empty stage.

A glimmer of light. An empty stage. As the silence breaks, a one-off performance begins for you alone. For the next 30 minutes, the Barbican Theatre is all yours.

Our atmospheric auditorium has been dark for months. Except for a solitary light, traditionally kept burning after hours to appease ghosts and celebrate the enduring nature of theatre. Now, as we reopen our Theatre doors, we invite you to share the moment with an artist who performs a short piece, anything from comedy to drama, dance to poetry, just for you. Could be rowdy or reflective, grand or intimate, classic or contemporary. You’ll only know once you’ve taken your seat.

Experience the spontaneity and thrill of The Ghost Light. Each show plays live on the day illuminated by the simplest glow. We’re also filming a selection to be made available free on YouTube for digital audiences to enjoy at home from December.

Tagged with: Theatre & dance

30 mins, no interval

Age guidance 18+, some performances may contain adult content

Under new guidelines, we can only welcome visitors in groups that consist of no more than six people from the same household or support bubble. We will seat visitors from the same household or support bubble at a safe distance from each other.

Do let us know of your access requirements when applying for tickets. We’re able to provide audio description, BSL interpretation and wheelchair access

Produced by the Barbican

In association with fieldwork

*Excludes 60p booking fee

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Members enjoy priority booking, discounts on tickets and exclusive events, so you can get closer to our theatre programme.

How to apply

All tickets for The Ghost Light are being made available through an online ticket lottery. You'll need to enter your details and select up to five performances that you can attend. Winners will be contacted directly by Box Office at least one week ahead of the performance. If you're successful you will be able to purchase up to six tickets at £15 each for a specified performance.

Performance duration will be no longer than 30-minutes and you won't know which performer you'll see until the moment the show begins.

Enter the ticket lottery

The ticket lottery is open now and closes at 10am Friday 30 October

Performance times

Tue-Fri (between 24 Nov-4 Dec)
3pm, 4pm, 7pm, 8pm
Sat 28 Nov
12pm, 1pm, 3pm, 4pm, 7pm, 8pm
Sun 29 Nov
12pm, 1pm, 3pm, 4pm
Sat 5 Dec
3pm, 4pm, 7pm, 8pm

Barbican Theatre

Submit your details to enter the lottery

Choose up to 5 performances you can attend


Terms and Conditions

The ticket lottery closes at 10AM on Friday 30 Oct 2020. One entry allowed per person. Multiple entries will be disqualified. Entering the lottery does not guarantee a ticket for The Ghost Light. Winners drawn randomly will be contacted and given the chance to purchase tickets for a specific performance chosen by Box Office. If we don’t hear back or receive payment within 48 hours then their prize will be forfeit and their tickets will be re-allocated. Based on current COVID-19 restrictions winners can bring up to 5 guests but this is subject to change based on Government regulations. All attendees will need to comply with our COVID-19 safety regulations including social distancing and face-covering guidelines.