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.
Circus-themed performance for ages 5+.
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.
Comedy Club 4 Kids
Top comedians play to the toughest crowd: kids. And they have to keep it clean.
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+
The Fascinating Aïda linchpin goes solo.
Dracula: The Bloody Truth
A comedy version of the famous Bram Stoker novel performed by Le Navet Bete.
Stand-up comedy from the Mock The Week regular.
The Elves and the Shoemaker
The story of the kindly shoemaker and his wife and the mysterious helpers who turn around their fortunes. Ages 4+.
Sun 23 Apr
Fashion And Freedom
Fashion designers explore the impact of WWI upon the changing roles of women and fashion.
Henning Wehn: Westphalia Is Not An Option
New show from the German Comedy Ambassador.
HOAX Our Right To Hope
The true story of a young man from Manchester, his poetry, life and death with schizophrenia. Ages 14+.
Tue 4 Apr
Wed 5 Apr
Thu 6 Apr
Entertaining folk session.
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.
Lee Nelson: Serious Joker
Serial sneaker-into-places-he-shouldn't-be, Lee Nelson, returns with a new standup show.
Lee Nelson: Suited and Booted
Lee Nelson, the creation of comedian Simon Brodkin, is the chavvy catch-phrase monger whose Well Good Show has become a BBC3 hit. Now the South London geeza takes his banter to the live stage where it all works best. Brodkin has appeared as Nelson in a host of TV programmes including Al Murray's sketch show Al Murray's…
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.
The Maria Penrose School Of Dance
The cast present their annual show presenting a varied programme of dance styles.
The Mayor's Musical Stars: Celebrating Our Next Generation Of Musicians
Featuring the Real Music Centre, Barnsley Town Concert Band, Spring Vale pop band, Barnsley Youth Children's Choir and additional soloists from the Borough.
Fri 31 Mar
£10 / 01226 327000
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.
Morgan & West: A (sort of) Christmas Carol Magic Show!
Magic show for ages 5+ based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The show stars time travelling magicians Morgan & West, who have to play all the parts themselves.
Sat 15 Apr
£10 (£8) / 01226 327000
Morgan and West: Parlour Tricks
The time travelling duo presents a show of illusions and magic.
Nick Sharratt's Big Draw Along
Join children's illustrator Nick Sharratt for a live draw along. Suitable for ages 4+.
Northern Ballet: Goldilocks and the Three Bears
The company performs this child-friendly ballet, based on the fairy tale, that is an opportunity to introduce young children to the live ballet, music and theatre.
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.
Contemporary performance surrounding the subject of birth, engaging with real people and real stories. Presented by Third Angel.
Race Horse Company: Around
Charming circus performance from the Finnish company, full of juggling, clowning, acrobatics, sword swallowing and hula hooping.
Richard Herring: The Best
A 'best of' compilation from the comedian as he picks the best jokes from his last 12 shows.
Rob Beckett: Mouth of the South
Observational and high-energy new material from the award-winning stand-up.
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.
Sat 22 Apr
Tue 25 Apr
Wed 26 Apr
Sean McLoughlin & Milo McCabe
Touted as the best comedian you've never heard of, McLoughlin's precursor is sure to change very soon as he sets off on a UK tour with his latest stand-up show. As seen on Russell Howard's Stand-Up Central and Live at the Comedy Store, the joker presents off-beat observations and anecdotal humour that is sure to propel…
The Snake Davis Band
Mainstream jazz, soul, funk and pop by the well-travelled saxophonist and band.
Snake Davis Classic Sax Solos
Saxophonist Snake Davis and his band perform classics like Baker Street, Harlem Nocturne and his own solos Million Love Songs, Moving on Up an exhilarating show. "In these times of political unrest, terrorism and economic hardship escapism is hard sought, but an evening with the Snake Davis Band lifts the spirit. Treat…
A craft market celebrating all things steampunk, vintage, goth, geek and alternative. Also includes live music and a children’s raygun workshop.
A story from the Syrian conflict: based on real-life accounts of refugees, aid workers, activists, and journalists. Ages 15+.
Stand Up & Spit
A night of angry, politically charged poetry, inspired by poet and original ranter Tim Wells.
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…
Toby Foster’s Last Laugh Comedy Club
Toby Foster brings the laughs with a bunch of special guests.
Vs David Bowie
Barnsley born colouring book creator Mel Elliot collaborates with local artists on a project inspired by pop culture legend, the late David Bowie. Sponsored by Vinyl Underground Records.