Updated 4 Nov 2020

COVID-19 / Lockdown

Lockdown #2: Barbican Theatre Update (issued Wed 4 Nov)


 COVID-19 Temporary Closure Update

Updated 4pm Friday 12th June 2020

We hope you and your loved ones are safe and well at this difficult time.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic Barbican Theatre is closed until it is safe to reopen. We will be following government advice at every stage of this journey. We are  currently hoping to re-open our doors for our talent development work from September onwards. We’re looking forward to creating work around the city, as social distancing permits, until we can begin programming shows in the theatre.

The health and wellbeing of our community is our highest priority, and during this time we will be doing all we can to support the effort against COVID-19 and protect local jobs. 

As a small charity we are in the midst of an enormous challenge and our theatre is under serious threat.  A donation of any amount will play a crucial part in securing the future of our enterprising and community-led theatre, and enable us to support artists who’ve lost work.


Launch of B-Hive Online Resources, Tutorials, Activities and Challenges 

Issued 10:30am Friday 27 March

Exciting news! Barbican Theatre are launching an online community called b Hive (see what we did there?!). This will be a brilliant place where you can connect and engage with the work Barbican Theatre Plymouth is doing (even though our doors are temporarily closed).

This will initially include:
Exercises to follow
Fun activity

These will be either uploaded to our website or to our youtube channel so make sure that you subscribe to get a notification on when videos appear.

If you have any suggestions for the work you would like to see, please send these through to our Young People’s Officer James Woodhams at btpt@barbicantheatre.co.uk

We are also working on plans to create content for:
Tech support/tutorials
Producing support/tutorials
How to write funding bids
Marketing and social media

These will be either uploaded to our website or to our youtube channel so make sure that you subscribe to get a notification on when videos appear.

If you have any suggestions for the work / tutorials / vlogsyou would like to see, please send these through to our Creative Producer Dan Baker at dan@barbicantheatre.co.uk

B-Bar Update

Issued Wednesday 25 March

The B-Bar will be closed until further notice, following the update from the UK Government on Monday 23 March 2020.

We will not be open for takeaway or delivery and we will be closed until further notice.

Although the government recommendations allow us to keep trading and we support our local friends who still wish to, we have decided to close until futher notice. We have discussed it with our staff and the consensus is that this is the best decision.

The B-Bar would like to thank to all of their lovely customers, and hope they understand and that you all stay well. They’re  still working hard behind the scenes with hopes for a great future so please keep in touch with us and we can’t wait to see you all again soon.

Barbican Theatre Performance Training update

Issued 10am Monday 23 March

A statement from Barbican Theatre’s CEO Sheila Snellgrove

Issued 12pm Tueday 17 March

Barbican Theatre

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

The B-Bar is now closed for eat in meals, drinks and performances. It is operating a take -away and delivey service (within a 3 mile radius of PL1 2NJ for a £1.50 charge)   If you have have any questions about The B-Bar please call 01752 242021 or email manager@b-bar.co.uk

B-Bar Website

Barbican Theatre Performance Training Announcement

Issued Monday 16 March

Important Barbican Theatre Performance Training Announcement

In light of the information released by the Government tonight we have made the decision to stop all BTPT rehearsals until further notice. This starts with immediate effect.

As the public has been asked to not attend cafes, pubs, restaurants and theatres to avoid the spread of Coronavirus/Covid-19, Barbican Theatre wishes to act responsibly and adhere to this advice.

This is an ongoing situation and due to this we are unsure of when BTPT will resume. As soon as we have further details you will be informed via email.

We appreciate and understand this is a distressing time for everyone. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact James Woodhams at btpt@barbicantheatre.co.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Further information regarding other Barbican Theatre activity will be announced tomorrow

Sheila Snellgrove
CEO Barbican Theatre



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