(issued 12pm Tue 17 March)
In light of the UK Government briefing on Monday 16 March, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth has suspended all public performances and training activities with our Barbican Theatre Performance Training, FUSE Diverse Dance, and Thrive until further notice, in order to avoid contributing to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
As the public has been advised by the UK Government to self isolate and avoid clubs, pubs and theatres, we want to do everything in our power to act responsibly. Therefore we will close our doors as of Tuesday 17 March, for 1 month in the first instance. We will be contacting affected ticket-holders and training participants shortly and apologise for any disappointment that the cancellation of shows and training may cause. We are looking at innovative ways that will allow us to keep engaging with our community – so please follow our social media channels:
We are determined to survive, to retain our dedicated team (including a number of freelance artists and crew who rely on us for income), and to get our performances, artistic work and training classes back on track as soon as possible. You can help us by making a donation to the Barbican Theatre registered charity. Any donation – large or small – will ensure that our theatre continues to thrive long after this crisis has passed. Please make a donation now: DONATE TO SUPPORT BARBICAN THEATRE
The B-Bar will remain open until further notice – this is being monitored on a day by day basis and The B-Bar Management team will continue to reassess the situation, based on daily UK Government briefings. In order to protect the public the following best practice guidance will be implemented:
Total occupancy of the bar will be reduced to a maximum of 50 people – for both standing gigs and meals (to comply with the 2 metre social distancing guidance)
Card transactions will be requested where possible to reduce transfer of infection via cash
Tables, chairs and surfaces will be more regularly cleaned/treated with antibacterial spray to reduce risk of contamination
Opening hours will be reduced so the building will close at 11pm.
Paper towels will be reintroduced in all bathrooms
All artists scheduled to perform in the B-Bar after Saturday 23 March will be contacted by Luke Foster to discuss options
The B-Bar are currently writing their business continuity plan, which will include an increased take away service to the public. If you have have any questions about The B-Bar please call 01752 242021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org