Your Visit

Covid-19 Safety

(correct as of 28/02/2022)

Thank you for taking a moment to review the Barbican Theatre's current Covid-19 advice.
All the information listed below is correct but may change as/when the UK Government release further updates. So, if your visit is not for a while, we suggest a quick check with our website before you travel, and a review of your contact details to make sure they are up to date (we send a pre-show email out to all bookers a day or two before your visit)

Before you arrive

We have a number of measures in place to ensure your comfort and safety.
Enhanced hygiene procedures are in place which include thorough cleans between performances and our ReBels training sessions. We have increased the circulation of fresh air throughout the building so it might be cooler than you are used to. You may want to bring an extra layer, just in case. Hand sanitising stations are positioned throughout the public spaces for audience members and ReBels training members to use and we ask that you do so frequently.
We continue to monitor the latest guidance from the UK Government and the team here will continue to wear face coverings in all areas of the theatre.

When you arrive

Whilst we encourage members of the audience to continue to wear a mask we understand that more and more people are making the decision not to so we would like audiences to be aware that people sitting around them may not wear a mask throughout. If you are concerned about this please get in contact with our Audience Experience Manager Robyn who can discus options for seating that will help you feel more safe.
The Barbican team will all wear face coverings / shields (unless medically exempt) and are also regularly lateral flow tested. This includes our practitioners, core team, the team front of house and back stage.

Social Distancing

Barbican Theatre largely programmes one night performances, with a capacity of either 110 or 140. Due to this programming model at present we are unable to offer socially distanced performances. Please get in contact if you would like to discus seating options for any upcoming events and where possible we will find you an area in the auditorium with the most distance for other audience members.

Please do not attend the theatre for performances or ReBels weekly sessions if you:

  • Have had a positive PCR or lateral flow test
Whilst you are no longer required to self isolate when you receive a positive PCR or LFT we ask that if you do please do not attend the theatre, for the safety of other audience members.
If you have any questions about your tickets due to covid-related issues please email our Audience Experience Manager, Robyn, at info@barbicantheatre.co.uk 

Our venues

Barbican Theatre, Plymouth

Barbican Theatre manages ticket bookings for performances on Barbican Theatre stage plus a number of performances in The B-Bar.
These can be booked 24 hours a day on this website with a debit or credit card. All ticket or event prices shown are inclusive of any booking fees or charges.
Please ensure you are aware of the venue your performance is at. This will be detailed on the ticket page when booking . It will also be printed in large bold letters on your E-ticket.
We advise all audience members to arrive for performances at least 30 minutes before they begin (the House will usually open 20 minutes before a performance begins)
How to find us
Our address is
Barbican Theatre,
Castle Street,
Plymouth
PL1 2NJ
We are just behind the Mayflower Visitor Centre (up some steps) on Southside Street opposite the Mayflower Steps and The Prawn!
If you use the What3Words app / website our 3 words (for finding our venue) are
stove.slowly.mutual
If you have any questions ahead of your visit please email our Audience Experience Manager, Robyn at info@barbicantheatre.co.uk
Accessiblity
Inside the Barbican Theatre building
The Barbican Theatre building has step free access from arrival with a lift that can access all floors including The B-Bar on the ground floor, auditorium and studio on the first floor and offices on the first and second floors (this lift can be used by wheelchair users).
The auditorium at Barbican Theatre has a hearing loop installed, this is functional using a hear aid's 'T' setting.
The seating in the auditorium is raked and the seats have arms, when rows X & Y are in use the seats no not have arms.
There is an accessible & all genders toilet available on the same floor as the auditorium. There is an accessible toilet and gendered toilets available in the B-bar.
Getting to the Barbican Theatre building
While the Barbican Theatre building is accessible to those in wheelchairs or with limited mobility, given the historic nature of the Barbican with it’s narrow and often cobbled streets accessibility for those with limited mobility before your arrival can be challenging.
Access from Southside Street (main Barbican street) is via a narrow cobbled road or some very steep steps that lead to our building entrance. Access from Castle Street is via a tarmac road leading to a cobbled path to the theatre entrance
Tickets
All Barbican Theatre and B-Bar performance tickets are issued as e-tickets which will be sent to the email address registered to your Barbican Theatre account (or if you've used Guest check-out the email address you add then)
Your e-tickets 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 are non refundable. In the light of an event being sold out it may be possible to put your ticket up for re-sale if there are people on the waiting list.
Travel & Parking
Carparks
The nearest car park (with blue badge spaces) is at Elphinstone (Plymouth City Council owned) which is a five minute walk from the theatre. There is also a privately owned car park on Lambhay Hill which is closer but more suited to those able to use steps.
Public Transport
Barbican Theatre is a short walk from the Mayflower Steps bus stop (on Commercial Road) served by Plymouth Citybus service 25
During the summer season Citybus’  Ocean City Sights open top  also serves the Mayflower Steps bus stop (which is ideal for those travelling to Plymouth by train as it also serves Plymouth Train Station’s North Road East stop)
Alternatively Plymouth City Centre is a 10 minute walk from Barbican Theatre, which is served by most local bus operators.
The theatre is also a short walk from Commercial Wharf where Plymouth Boat Trips ferries from Mount Batten, Royal William Yard, Mount Edgecumbe (Cremyl) and Cawsands. View all ferries serving Commercial Wharf on The Barbican.

The B-Bar

Our lively, yet intimate bar is well stocked and has the best Thai food in Plymouth (and it's great value too) We also serve a delicious selection of tea, coffee and cakes! With regular live music, comedy and spoken word this hidden gem is also perfect to enjoy a pre-show drink or meal. They'll also supply the interval ice creams during certain performances!

View the B-Bar menu (including takeaway)

What's On at The B-Bar

How to find us
Our address is
B-Bar at Barbican Theatre,
Castle Street,
Plymouth
PL1 2NJ
We are just behind the Mayflower Visitor Centre (up some steps) on Southside Street opposite the Mayflower Steps and The Prawn!
If you use the What3Words app / website our 3 words (for finding our venue) are
stove.slowly.mutual
If you have any questions ahead of your visit to The B-Bar please email manager@b-bar.co.uk or call 01752 242021
Accessiblity
Inside the Barbican Theatre & The B-Bar
The Barbican Theatre building has step free access from arrival with a lift that can access all floors including The B-Bar on the ground floor, auditorium and studio on the first floor and offices on the first and second floors (this lift can be used by wheelchair users).
Getting to the Barbican Theatre & The B-Bar
While the Barbican Theatre building and The B-Bar are accessible to those in wheelchairs or with limited mobility, given the historic nature of the Barbican with it’s narrow and often cobbled streets accessibility for those with limited mobility before your arrival can be challenging.
Access from Southside Street (main Barbican street) is via a narrow cobbled road or some very steep steps that lead to our building entrance. Access from Castle Street is via a tarmac road leading to a cobbled path to the theatre entrance
Tickets
Generally The B-Bar do not issue tickets for performances, and instead ask ticket bookers to give their name or show a copy of their email confirmation when they arrive. If tickets are issued  they will be as e-tickets which will be sent to the email address registered to your Barbican Theatre account (or if you've used Guest check-out the email address you add then)
Travel & Parking
Carparks
The nearest car park (with disabled spaces) is at Elphinstone (Plymouth City Council owned) which is a five minute walk from the theatre. There is also a privately owned car park on Lambhay Hill which is closer but more suited to those able to use steps.
Public Transport
Barbican Theatre & The B-Bar is a short walk from the Mayflower Steps bus stop (on Commercial Road) served by Plymouth Citybus service 25
During the summer season Citybus’  Ocean City Sights open top  also serves the Mayflower Steps bus stop (which is ideal for those travelling to Plymouth by train as it also serves Plymouth Train Station’s North Road East stop)
Alternatively Plymouth City Centre is a 10 minute walk from Barbican Theatre, which is served by most local bus operators.
The theatre and bar is also a short walk from Commercial Wharf where Plymouth Boat Trips ferries from Mount Batten, Royal William Yard, Mount Edgecumbe (Cremyl) and Cawsands. View all ferries serving Commercial Wharf on The Barbican.