The Civic was built to bring new life to Barnsley Civic Theatre, a Victorian building which had fallen into advanced disrepair. The new building has a 316-seat theatre, a gallery, office spaces and meeting rooms suitable for a variety of purposes. The theatre hosts touring productions by leading companies such as Paines Plough and Propeller, dance shows, touring bands, live comedy and film screenings.
The Civic is a few minutes away from the Transport Interchange, and most car parking in the town is free after 6pm.
The Civic, Barnsley is a multi-storey, multi-purpose arts centre seeking to bring wide-ranging, contemporary artforms to appreciative audiences from Barnsley and beyond. As a proud supporter of the arts in South Yorkshire, The Civic showcases high-quality performances and exhibitions not usually associated with a centre of its size or regional location, and is instrumental in bringing world-class touring theatre, music and arts groups en route to larger UK cultural centres and other venues around the globe.
Comprising a large auditorium, the Assembly Room – accommodating the best in UK theatre, dance, comedy, music, cabaret, independent and classic regional film screenings and family productions – in addition to a large art gallery (Gallery@), which hosts a wide variety of innovative and exciting exhibitions dealing with all aspects of art, design and craft, The Gallery@ programme consists of curated shows and touring exhibitions which work in conjunction with the V&A, Crafts Council, Tate and Design Museum London, as well as with curators here in Barnsley. The building also has a large Panorama display and event space, working offices and several work hubs, as well as boasting a blend of historic and modern architecture enhanced by the adjacent Mandela Gardens. This public space was redeveloped in 2009 for the first time since the 1980s, and also includes facilities for outdoor performances.
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Events at this venue
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- Written by: Eddie Kay
Three new commissions by choreographers Tamsin Fitzgerald, Lenka Vagnerova and newcomer Rebecca Evans that explore the darker side of humanity. Presented by 2Faced Dance.
Adrian Ashworth: Somewhere in Time
A collection of portraits by Adrian Ashworth that explore the relationships between those with dementia and their carers.
Alfie Moore: Getting Away With Murder
The former detective sergeant and star of BBC Radio Four's It's A Fair Cop, provides a detailed step-by-step guide to achieving this goal - from choosing a weapon to body disposal.
Circus show featuring Max and his pet bird. Ages 5+.
Anyday & Roter Faden
The Spanish trampoline artist performs a comical routine alongside his little per bird.
Miles Productions presents the story of the life of Welsh actor Richard Burton performed as a solo drama, tracing his story from humble beginnings to his life as a world famous film star.
Dave Spikey: Juggling On A Motorbike
The comedian takes a look back at his comedy career which has spanned 30 years.
An exploration of ADHD, getting diagnosed and mental health.
With autobiographical comedy, storytelling and conversations with audiences, Art with Heart take you on a curious, colourful and candid exploration through ADHD, Diagnosis and Mental Health. "A level of empathy and understanding that smashes apart stereotypes and stigma." Upstaged Recommended for 14+
Dracula: The Bloody Truth
A comedy version of the famous Bram Stoker novel performed by Le Navet Bete.
Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert
Stand-up comedy from the Mock The Week regular.
Essence Of Eva: Eva Cassidy Tribute
Singer Laura Claire, plus Eva Cassiday's brother Dan Cassidy and James Hickman perform the music of the artist.
Henning Wehn: Westphalia Is Not An Option
New show from the German Comedy Ambassador.
In an age of internet dating, speed dating, blind dating and Tinder, Reform Theatre ask 'isn’t it harder not to find someone these days?'. Ages 14+.
The tale of Joan of Arc told through story and cabaret.
Jonny & the Baptists: Eat the Poor
Songs, satire and silliness from Jonny & the Baptists.
Last Laugh Comedy Club
Guest acts take to the stage with MC Toby Foster.
Lightning Under Their Skirts
Barnsley’s Joy Winkler presents a play about the monochrome 1950s being shoved aside for a bright new world.
The Magic Paintbrush
The ensemble presents a family dance show exploding with energy and surprises.
Meet Fred, the two foot tall cloth puppet who just wants to be a regular guy: get a job, meet a girl, settle down. But when threatened with losing his PLA (Puppetry Living Allowance), Fred's life begins to spiral out of his control.
Nick Sharratt's Big Draw Along
Join children's illustrator Nick Sharratt for a live draw along. Suitable for ages 4+.
Open College Of The Arts Exhibition: We Are Connected
A selection of works by graduates of the College.
Wed 26 Apr
Thu 27 Apr
Fri 28 Apr
The Owl & The Pussycat
The Owl and the Pussycat are shocked when a storm sweeps them out of the window and on to a voyage to a curious land. Kitchen Zoo use puppets and live music to bring Edward Lear's story to life. Ages 3-7.
Royal Photographic Society: International Print Exhibition
The RPS selects the best images submitted by photographers all over the world, for inclusion in this major exhibition. This is the 159th International Print Exhibition.
Wed 26 Apr
Thu 27 Apr
Fri 28 Apr
The Snake Davis Band
Mainstream jazz, soul, funk and pop by the well-travelled saxophonist and band.
A story from the Syrian conflict: based on real-life accounts of refugees, aid workers, activists, and journalists. Ages 15+.
The Ties That Bind
The Ties that Bind, experimental theatre unraveling a changing world of dementia, weaving together the real and the imagined, exploring what binds us to life. Strong performances and subtle, affecting writing from artistic director Claire Webster Saaremets…a poignant lifeline to normality." - The Scotsman (Edinburgh…