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ABTT presents a visit to the Barbican Theatre, London

Barbican Theatre Fly tower

“Theatre fly tower with grid at 33 meters”

Image credit: Steff Langley

Please note that all three tours are now fully booked. Please let us know if you would like your name to be added to the waiting list. If any places become available we will let people know. If there is enough interest we shall arrange a further opportunity to visit.

Download the pdf. flier here ABTT Theatre Visit_Barbican Theatre London  for full information, directions & travel notes.

RSVP to the office by Wednesday 18th February.

Date: Friday 20th February 2015

Venue: Barbican Theatre, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

It is essential that you book a place for one of the three tours to be held on the day

Time: Meeting at Barbican Theatre Stage Door, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS at:

09:45 for Tour 1

11:45 for Tour 2

14:15 for Tour 3

Compulsory Booking:

The Barbican Theatre is offering ABTT members the opportunity to see the major refurbishments they have undertaken completely replacing the grid and commissioning a major automated flying installation.  You will be able to access the grid and galleries and inspect this major new structure and  system at close hand. Space and access is limited so there will groups of 12 people setting off at three separate times. It is essential that you book a specific tour and arrive at the publicized call time at the Silk Street Stage Door. Access requires negotiating narrow and steep ladders and small doorways.



In the summer of 2013 the City of London granted £3.2million to the Barbican Theatre to renew its grid and flying system in order to bring it back to the standard of a World Class International Touring Venue.

The new flying system now consists of 77 fixed magnet DC motors and drives each capable of running at a maximum speed of 1.8 meters per second with payloads of between 500kg and 720kg. In addition, there are 20 single line mobile point hoists and 12 fully referenced chain hoists attached to an overhead rolling beam system aligned to the “Lamel” floor facilitating deployment of points and chains between or in-line with line drops. All elements are fully integrated under the one control interface to enable load-sharing across all axes.

The original grid was removed in its entirety and replaced with a new one to enable all fixed sheaves to be mounted under a new Lamel rotating plank floor. At the same time the fly floors and galleries were remodelled allowing the fly bars to be extended from 14 m to 19 m in width.