@BarbicanTheatre are bringing a great selection of theatre, dance, music, comedy and spoken word to Plymouth this autumn including…

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On Saturday 22 September Fringe First & Stage Award for Acting Excellence winner Luke Wright bring his new show Frankie Vah to Barbican Theatre’s intimate stage (7:30pm. Tickets £11.50 / £13.50).” It’s 1987 and Frankie Vah gorges on love, radical politics, and dirty indie stardom. But can he keep it all down?” Following the multi-award-winning What I Learned From Johnny Bevan, Luke Wright’s second verse play deals with love, loss, and belief, against a backdrop of skuzzy indie venues and 80s politics. Expect frenetic guitars, visceral verse, and a Morrissey-sized measure of heartache.



We welcome critically acclaimed James Wilton Dance back to Plymouth on Friday 5 October, with his brand new tour of The Storm (7:30pm. Tickets £11.50 / £13.50). Their first time on The Plymouth Athenaeum stage, James Wilton Dance are one of Europe’s most in demand dance companies. The Storm features seven dancers, a soundtrack of thundering electro-rock and is a whirlwind of lightning fast, athleticism, where acrobatics, break-dancing, martial arts and contact work fuse to form dance that will blow audiences away.

Fans of comedy and music will love Harry and Chris. Their latest tour Harry and Chris Save The World comes to Barbican Theatre on Saturday 13 October (7:30pm. Tickets £14) Harry and Chris are the hottest comedy-rap-jazz duo out there. They might also be the only one. After sell-out runs of their 2016 and 2017 shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, Harry Baker and Chris Read have been featured three times on ‘The Russell Howard Hour’ (Sky), and tour regularly around the UK. They also scored a number one comedy single on iTunes this summer with the World Cup Song. Their songs range from panda repopulation to coming of age to Robot Wars, and they bring love and laughter to a world that needs both more than ever.

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We’re back at The Plymouth Athenaeum on Friday 19 October with cutting edge, world renowned hip-hop dance company Avant Garde Dance’s Fagin’s Twist (7:30pm. £12.50 / £15.50) An ambitious fusion of hip-hop and contemporary dance theatre, Fagin’s Twist is based on the story of Oliver Twist. It tells the story of Fagin and Bill Sykes’ childhood, imagining how it may have resembled Oliver’s. They are corrupted by greed, and worn down by poverty. When the audience meets Oliver – a vulnerable child – it seems impossible that he will be able to break out of this cycle, and indeed in Avant Garde Dance’s version there is no fairy tale ending. Oliver is heir to Fagin and Bill’s criminal enterprise, and it is ambiguous whether Oliver is more victim or victor.

Fresh from a sell-out international tour and smash-hit Live at the Apollo debut hilarious stand up Larry Dean brings his UK tour of Bampot to the Barbican Theatre stage on Friday 2 November (7:30pm. Tickets £11.50) Larry has a new hour of ‘unexpected and excellent’ **** (Times) thoughts on Scottishness, sodomites and self-esteem. ‘Confessional storytelling at its funniest’ ***** (Herald). As seen on Comedy Central at the Comedy Store and Roast Battle. ‘The easy charm of an arena comic and the high joke rate, too’ (Guardian). ‘A winning combination of being daft and being a smart aleck’ (Chortle. co.uk).

Formed in 1991 The Fab Beatles have risen through sheer hard work & dedication to be one of the most sought after Beatles tribute bands in the world today, with concerts performed all over the globe. We bring them to The Plymouth Athenaeum on Friday 9 November (7:30pm. Tickets £20) The Fab Beatles show starts with early “Hamburg” material & goes right through all the singles & album tracks to “Let It Be” & the “breakup”, with a repertoire that is second to none! The Fab Beatles pride themselves on professionalism and attention to detail, and it’s well documented that the Fab’s sound is the closest you will ever hear to the originals.

Book tickets for all of these performances and many more (including our Christmas show Aladdin with Le Navet Bete at The Plymouth Athenaeum from 12 Dec to 6 Jan) at barbicantheatre.co.uk, by calling 01752 267131 (Mon – Fri 11am – 6pm) or pop into the box office at Barbican Theatre (open Mon – Fri 11am – 6pm) Ticket prices are inclusive of all booking fees and charges.


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