Our Partners & Supporters

Barbican Theatre is a registered charity no.801689 and is proud to be an Arts Council England National Portfolio organisation.



Arts Council England

As a National Portfolio organisation, Barbican Theatre receive annual funding from Arts Council England, with particular emphasis on our work with young people. Arts Council England also fund our 4 year FUSE: Diverse Dance project.

Arts Council England website


Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation fund 'Thrive' - Barbican Theatre’s three year emerging artist development programme

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation website


Plymouth City Council

Barbican Theatre receive regular funding from Plymouth City Council to deliver it’s work across the city

Plymouth City Council website



The Plymouth Athenaeum

The Plymouth Athenaeum is a charity dedicated to the promotion of learning in the fields of science, technology, literature and art. The Athenaeum building, located at Derry’s Cross in Plymouth city centre, includes a 340-seat theatre operated in partnership with the Barbican Theatre, lecture hall, lounge, meeting rooms and a library.

The Plymouth Athenaeum website


The B-Bar

Barbican Theatre regularly co-programme comedy and live music with The B-Bar at Barbican Theatre and The Plymouth Athenaeum. Based at Barbican Theatre, the B-Bar is open daily from 11:30 am, with food cooked from 12 pm - serving excellent teas, coffees & drinks, fresh Thai food and cakes.

The B-Bar Website



Plymouth Culture

Plymouth Culture are an arts and cultural development agency helping Plymouth's vibrant cultural scene to flourish. They are an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

Plymouth Culture Website


The Wheel

The Wheel are a new independent actor training and production company, based in Plymouth. The Wheel works as a production company producing high quality, professional touring theatre work whilst hosting a range of continuous training opportunities for beginners through to professional development for experienced performers.

The Wheel Website


Next Steps South West

Next Steps South West (NSSW) is a collaboration of fourteen partner universities and colleges throughout Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. They are funded by the Office for Students (OfS).

They help young people navigate their own personal journey to higher education, delivering events and activities (such as Barbican Theatre's three year tour of Why Would You?) designed to educate and inspire young people aged 13-19 years old, and those that influence them, such as parents and carers.

Next Steps South West Website


Plymouth Fringe Festival

Plymouth’s annual week-long celebration of theatre and live performance showcasing some of the most exciting companies from across the UK along with the best in homegrown talent from the South West. Curated by Toast in partnership with Barbican Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth, and Plymouth Conservatoire.

Plymouth Fringe Festival website


Beyond Face CIC

Beyond Face CIC is a performance company based in Plymouth whose mission is to raise the profile and visibility of People of Colour in the Arts. Plymouth's first BAME theatre company, Beyond Face have been a Barbican Theatre Suppported Artist and Artist In Residency for a number of years.

Beyond Face website

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Le Navet Bete

One of the UK's leading touring physical comedy theatre companies, based in Exeter and all graduates from Plymouth University. Their mission is to create and tour hilarious, physical and totally accessible comedy theatre using creative and engaging storytelling for absolutely everyone. Le Navet Bete and Barbican Theatre have been co-producing their annual Christmas productions for Plymouth since 2013.

Le Navet Bete website



There are many ways you can support Barbican Theatre and our partnership work with The Plymouth Athenaeum.

From sponsoring a season to sponsoring our Day of Difference training for schools or providing bursaries for young people to take part in Performance Training.

If you would like to find out more about how you can support our work, please contact Jo Cann (Marketing & Communication Manager) on 01752 242018 or email marketing@barbicantheatre.co.uk