Behind the scenes tour of the Barbican Theatre

Behind the scenes tour of the Barbican Theatre

If you’ve ever fancied wandering the back corridors of the Barbican Theatre and climbing the viewing tower, you’ll be pleased to know that backstage tours of the main theatre have resumed.

Barbican Theatre (c) Barbican

Tour groups are small, by necessity, as some of the spaces are a little cramped. They start with an introduction to the Barbican Arts Centre itself and how the devastation of World War II created the space for an entire housing estate and arts centre to be built.

It also turns out that the Barbican architects originally wanted two large multi-purpose halls, but wisely hired theatre designers to help. Those designers equally wisely advised that multi-purpose spaces had to have so many compromises that they could never please anyone. As a result, the Barbican ended up with a dedicated concert hall and theatre.

The tour mainly involves a walk around the back areas, which are usually only seen by staff and actors. If you’ve never been to the Barbican, the unusual entrance through the side door will surprise you. Even regulars may not have noticed that the upper levels are angled forwards rather than backwards, as is more common, ensuring that people are never too far from the stage, even in the back seats.

And then came the best part – going down to the stage and emerging high above the stage.

Tours last around an hour and offer a rare opportunity to wander around the private spaces of the Barbican. They are also reasonably priced at £15 per person and can be booked from Here.

When booking it was written to choose seats – there are no seats, you just need to book tickets.

Due to the nature of the tour and the organisation of the show, no photos are allowed during the tour as the seats at the back are to remain a secret.

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