Dance, Comedy, Live Music and Theatre performances across Plymouth this Spring @BarbicanTheatre

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Barbican Theatre, The B-Bar and The Plymouth Athenaeum are host to an eclectic mix of entertainment for all tastes and ages this Spring and beyond.

Following an incredible first year our FUSE Diverse Dance team bring their first full length dance theatre production to The Plymouth Athenaeum on 15 & 16 February (£6 / £8). ‘Put On Your Red Shoes’ is an invitation to attend the biggest, most eclectic, slightly topsy turvy, celebration of dance in Plymouth. The performance interweaves four worlds, many stories and a whole host of dancers from across the city. All styles, all cultures, all together. The ‘red shoes’ in the show represent a number of things: the original Grimm fairytales, the Wizard of Oz parallel universe you can escape to, and the magic that a pair of dancing shoes or dancing feet can have to transform you on the dance floor. This is a show for anyone and celebrates that dance is for everyone. There are characters, scenes and narrators all linked to recognisable fairy tales to sweep you up into their words and tell you a story or two.

On 22 February we welcome the return of stand up comedian Ahir Shah to our Barbican Theatre stage, this year with his critically acclaimed sell out Edinburgh Best Show nominated show ‘Duffer’. This brand new stand-up show is about life and what comes after, death and what comes before, and Bohemian Rhapsody. Tickets £13.50. 

We’re back at The Plymouth Athenaeum from 27 February to 2 March with Plymkids Theatre Company’s Legally Blonde The Musical. Following their sell out production of Les Miserables last spring, the senior group take to the stage with this lighter musical based on the award-winning Broadway musical and the smash hit motion picture. Legally Blonde The Musical JR. is a fabulously fun journey of self-empowerment and expanding horizons. The show’s instantly recognizable songs are filled with humour, wit and sass – leaving cast members and audiences alike seeing pink! Tickets £11.50 / £14.50 7:30pm (plus 2:30pm Saturday). 

We’ve got a double bill of spoken word style theatre on our Barbican Theatre stage on Friday 8 March with John Osborne’s critically acclaimed John Peel’s Shed and Circled In The Radio Times. The first is about how in 2002, John Osborne won a competition on John Peel’s Radio 1 show, to win a box of John Peel’s records. This is an ode to radio, those records and anyone who’s ever sought solace in wireless and features many of these very rare recordings by obscure and now defunct bands, and this is a unique opportunity for any Peel fan.  Circled in the Radio Times is a show about a box of old copies of the Radio Times that used to belong to his granddad. He pieces together his life by the shows that have been circled. Tickets £11.50 / £13.50. 7:30pm. 

The following night (Sat 9 March) we bring My Generation The Who Story to the Plymouth Athenaeum; an explosive, interactive celebration of one of the greatest bands of all time! This one of a kind tribute show takes you on a journey through the decades from their origins as the kings of mod, through their ground-breaking albums, right through to the present day. Tickets £20. 8pm. 

In the last year, acclaimed stand-up and compulsive over sharer Jack Barry has been reading up on sex, love and relationships, and he brings his new show Tango to The B-Bar on (Thur 14 March).  He’s definitely not an expert but he’s been appointed by his parents as their couples therapist to save the marriage. This highly awkward side job allowed Jack to blossom into the total sex god that is he today. Come and see the show for thrills, spills, and slip ups. It’s good clean fun… but don’t take your parents. £13.50 (over 18s only) 8pm. 

We welcome a further musical legend (quite possibly the ultimate music legend!) to The Plymouth Athenaeum on Sat 23 March with JD King’s Elvis. The highest rated Elvis impersonator in the world, over the past 15 years Jim Devereaux has built an international reputation for his incredible recreation of the King – covering his greatest hits including Hound Dog, Blue Suede Shoes, Suspicious Minds and The Wonder of You. Tickets £20. 8pm 

Best Newcomer nominee 2016 and Hackney Empire (NATYS) winner Bilal Zafar is back with a brand-new show, which he brings to The B-Bar on Thur 11 April.  Social media has been taken over by bots spreading hate, fear and influencing how we vote. In Lovebots, Bilal has made his own bots to fight back, except these bots only want to spread love and compassion. As seen/heard on BBC Three, Channel 4, MTV, BBC iPlayer, and BBC Radio 4. Tickets £13.50 8pm 

Dust off those platform and flares as Jive Talkin’ present The Bee Gees Live In Concert at The Plymouth Athenaeum (Fri 26 April).  Renowned as the original and very best Bee Gees tribute show and for truly amazing experience and an opportunity to hear all the great Bee Gees hits; Tragedy, Night Fever, Massachusetts, Stayin Alive, Jive Takin and many more in a 2 hour explosion of music and vocal harmony, this is a night not to be missed! Tickets £25. 8pm

Plymouth Comedy Club return to The Plymouth Athenaeum on Saturday 27 April with three top UK comedians. Headliner Scott Bennett has written and provided support for Michael McIntyre, Rob Brydon, Chris Ramsey and Jason Manford. He is supported by two award winning comedians Jack Campbell and Jenny Collier, with regular MC Chris Brooker on hand to see you through the evening. Tickets £16. (over 18s only) 8pm

Staying with comedy we welcome creator of the hilarious Comedian’s Comedian podcast (which has had over 10 million downloads!) Stuart Goldsmith to Barbican Theatre with his new show ‘The End’ on Saturday 27 April. Stuart presents a comic odyssey on how it works out in the end, and whether anyone cares. Intelligent stand-up comedy for everybody, but of particular interest to people over thirty who’ve lost touch with all their old friends and can’t eat just one pain au chocolat.  Featuring ultimates, absolutes and surprisingly few conclusions. Tickets £11.50. 8pm. 

Plymouth Fringe Festival returns for it’s fifth  year in a row from 27 May to 1 June across a number of Plymouth venues including Barbican Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth and The House. With an abundance of theatre, dance, comedy and spoken word performances from an eclectic selection of emerging artists, there is sure to be something for every taste. The line up hasn’t been announced yet so for full details sign up to receive updates from Toast who produce the festival at

Get your summer groove on when the Beach Boyz return to The Plymouth Athenaeum with The Story Of The Beach Boys on Friday 12 July. This show is a party, a party with a stunning soundtrack, a party to which you are invited, so come join the fun of this energetic tribute to the USA’s biggest pop band and sing along to all those classic hits; Good Vibrations, Surfin’ USA. God Only Knows, I Get Around, Fun Fun Fun, California Girls, and many more! Tickets £20. 8pm

Barbican Theatre’s Marketing & Communications Manager, Jo Cann, says

“It’s wonderful to be bringing so many different performances to our three spaces this Spring. From the small cabaret style stage of The B-Bar, to the intimate auditorium of Barbican Theatre and then the larger 340 seat theatre at The Plymouth Athenaeum, we’ve got a really great mix of shows which certainly offer something for every taste.”   

Tickets for all these shows and more can be booked at or by calling 01752 267131. All prices stated are inclusive of all booking fees. For regular updates and announcements of new shows follow Barbican Theatre on Facebook:

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