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

"We champion, develop and invest in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives."

Arts Council England are the national development agency for creativity and culture, investing public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver their #LetsCreate vision.

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 Diverse Dance project.

Arts Council England website


Garfield Weston Foundation

From small community groups, to large national institutions, the Foundation’s aim is to support organisations that have effective solutions to helping those most in need. Established in 1958 by the Weston family and is one of the largest and most respected charitable institutions in the UK.

Our funding from Garfield Weston enabled us, amongst many other opportunities, to develop our Pay What You Decide pricing scheme, making access to the arts more accessible and inclusive.

Garfield Weston Foundation website


Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

"We want to strengthen the bonds in communities, helping local people to build vibrant, confident places where they can fulfil their creative, human, and economic potential."

Esmée Fairbairn's funding supports Barbican Theatre's work to develop emerging artists and talent.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation website


Youth Music

"We believe that every young person should have the chance to change their life through music."

Youth Music is a national charity funded thanks to the National Lottery via Arts Council England, players of People's Postcode Lottery and support from partners, fundraisers and donor

Barbican Theatre's funding from Youth Music enables us to develop our ReBels Music programme for young people ages 15-25, offering them access to a new music studio based at the theatre and learning, creating and developing their work and talent with professional musicians in the city and from visiting experts.

Youth Music 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 B-Bar

Barbican Theatre regularly co-programme comedy and live music with The B-Bar at Barbican Theatre. 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


Plymouth Culture

From supporting young people to find work and develop skills to helping start-ups and enterprises thrive, Real Ideas work to solve problems and create positive and lasting social change.

Through their buildings and support they provide space to work and learn.

Real Ideas manage Market Hall with the immersive dome in Devonport.

Real Ideas 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

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