“You have until Friday to enter the ballot for this innovative live show at the Barbican which runs from late November. It will take place for you and five others (all socially distanced, regardless of household or support bubble) within the main Barbican space lit only by the theatre’s ghost light. Conceived by the excellent Purni Morell (previously at the Unicorn) and Christian Roe of Fieldwork, this is theatre as pot-luck as you wont know until you are seated who will be performing for you or what form the show will take. But with the artists involved ranging from Selina Thompson to Patrick O’Kane and Maxine Peake to Dickie Beau, this will undoubtedly be an event to savour. If you miss out on tickets, some of the performances will be filmed and made available online for free in December.”
A glimmer of light. An empty stage. As the silence breaks, a one-off performance begins for you alone. For the next 30 minutes, the Barbican Theatre is all yours.
Our atmospheric auditorium has been dark for months. Except for a solitary light, traditionally kept burning after hours to appease ghosts and celebrate the enduring nature of theatre. Now, as we reopen our Theatre doors, we invite you to share the moment with an artist who performs a short piece, anything from comedy to drama, dance to poetry, just for you. Could be rowdy or reflective, grand or intimate, classic or contemporary. You’ll only know once you’ve taken your seat.
Experience the spontaneity and thrill of The Ghost Light. Each show plays live on the day illuminated by the simplest glow. We’re also filming a selection to be made available free on YouTube for digital audiences to enjoy at home from December.