Barbican Theatre accessibility

Getting into the Venue

The Barbican Theatre main entrance is situated on Silk Street and can be accessed via a slight ramp. This entrance leads to a bridge link which gives step-free access to the Ground Floor. Alternatively, the car park entrance on Silk Street leads down to a ramped zebra crossing area that has direct access to the Stalls foyer. There are theatre lifts on each floor which can access every auditorium section as well as main lifts which travel between the Stalls and Ground Floor.

The theatre ticket desk is located in the foyer of the Stalls level and can be accessed via lifts. There is a drop section on the counter to ensure that it is accessible to wheelchair users. Portable seating is available for those queuing with mobility difficulties.

Customer Assistance

There are 3 wheelchairs for visitor use, which must be pre-booked or requested upon arrival. Staff are on hand to help with lift access and navigation, should it be needed.

How to Book

For those who require specific access, assistance or wheelchair spaces, it is important to book in advance through the Barbican Theatre Box Office and notify staff of requirements so that the most suitable seats can be recommended. Those who have joined the Barbican’s Access Membership Scheme will be able to receive additional access information and are eligible for discounted tickets.

For further information and assistance please call: 020 7382 7348. To pre-book wheelchairs, call the Box Office: 020 7638 8891 or email: access@barbican.org.uk

Section accessibility

Stalls

The Stalls can be accessed via 3 flights of stairs (28 steps) down from the Ground Floor, with handrails in place. Alternatively, this section can be reached step-free via a lift. There are 4 wheelchair spaces in Row T of the auditorium.

Extra legroom can be found throughout the Stalls.

Circle

The Circle can be accessed by 27 steps or via a theatre lift. This section is not recommended for those with mobility difficulties due to the steep rake of the seating.

Upper Circle

The Upper Circle can be reached via 20 steps or by theatre lifts which access every level of the auditorium. This section has 4 wheelchair spaces located in Row B of the auditorium.

Gallery

The Gallery can only be reached by 15 steps or via the theatre lifts. This section is very high up in the theatre and can seem quite steep. It is not recommended for those with limited mobility.