Luke Wright

Poet Laureate


Following his rave reviewed performances of What I Learned From Johnny Bevan (2016), The Toll (2017) and Frankie Vah (2018) we are thrilled to welcome Luke Wright back to Barbican Theatre with his new performance “Poet Laureate”

There was a collective gnashing of teeth and beating of breasts across the land when Wrighty didn’t get the royal nod to take up the position of Poet Laureate this year. Still, he’s an irrepressible sort of chap, so he’s bought his own sherry and hit the road with a show the critics are calling his best yet.

Luke Wright is on a mission to write poems to unite a nation divided by austerity and Brexit. Can it be done? Can one poet ever really represent an entire nation?

Big-hearted and quick witted, Wright’s poems have been lauded by everyone from Patti Smith to The Libertines. A Fringe First and Stage Award winner, Wright is truly a wordsmith and raconteur at the top of his game.

Commissioned by The Inn Crowd

Support Acts:

Alexander Rhodes
Alexander Rhodes is fresh (relatively speaking) off of the back of a UK tour, and a full run at Edinburgh Fringe Festival with his award-winning One Foot In The Rave. He is returning to the Barbican Theatre to support Luke Wright for the third year running.
Find out more at

“warmth, good humour and clever observations. He has the rare skill to blend comedy and poignancy….he is highly regarded as a poet and performer on the national stage” Sarah-Jane Arbury
“A sharp, confident performer with excellent material” Attila The Stockbroker

Antonia Raines
Antonia Raines is a performance poet from Plymouth. She’s gigged her way around cider fuelled Devonian fields, dingy Edinburgh basements and sunny beaches in France. Antonia casts fresh light on topics such as femininity, austerity and the media while calling out the blips and oppressions she sees as present in a number of faulty systems. Her one true love? Pam Ayres.

‘Antonia’s words incite laughter and catharsis. They are a jagged, joyful medicine which she administers with disarming humanity.’ – Maz – The Spoils Collective

Ticket prices are inclusive of all booking fees and charges. Pre-booked tickets can be collected from the Box Office at Barbican Theatre from 1 hour before your performance begins. If you’d like your tickets before the day of the performance please opt to have them posted during the check out process (£1 per order)




“Fierce, wistful, romantic and witty by turns, this is a sensational hour of poetry.” (Poet Laureate)

The Stage

"Luke Wright doesn’t mince his words. His performances rumble with rage, passion and humour. They are also peppered with brilliantly smart observations. You will leave his show brimming with energy, heart pounding and brain whirring.” (Poet Laureate)

The Guardian

“He will tell it how it is but will not preach about mistakes, instead he will use his own self as an example. Those were the golden moments of this performance where one is hit with the truth yet can unwind and laugh at another persons relatable troubles in life.” (Poet Laureate)

Theatre Weekly

“One of the funniest and most brilliant poets of his generation”

The Independent

“As Luke rants, roars and pours his heart out we are all touched and held tight by this lyrical tour de force.”



Tickets are currently only available for collection from 1 hour before performances begin. They are not currently available for collection from the Box Office at any other times and postage is no longer available. Barbican Theatre recommends e-tickets which can be presented at the theatre on the date of your performance using a smart mobile device (or if you prefer can be printed out) E-tickets are more covid safe and are also much greener due to not being needed to be printed or posted.

Tickets for this event are no longer available.