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And So To Bed

The Barbican’s new creation, Lullaby, sounds dreamy

Written by . Published on July 11th 2011.

And So To Bed

NOT sure what to do for your next night on the town? Try staying out all-night and going home rested and fed the next morning. The Barbican Theatre is currently showing Lullaby, an imaginative play of sorts literally dreamt up by a group called Duckie. Billed as “the world’s first theatrical sleepover and bed and breakfast,” this is not your average night at the theatre. Guests are asked to forgo their usual little black dresses or slacks in favor of pyjamas, climb into a bed (which gets a fresh change of sheets daily, thank god) and be lulled to sleep by stories and songs. Before your thoughts wander any further, let’s put it out there that this isn’t an exhibitionist’s haven: both sex and bed-hopping are strictly prohibited, but you are invited to have a family friendly rest in ones, twos, or threes.

If you secretly wish your mum would still pop over to tell you a bedtime story from time to time, Lullaby is your alternative to therapy.



Guests are asked to arrive either in pyjamas or with a change on hand, and locker rooms are provided to keep your entire stuff safe overnight. All that you’re allowed to bring to bed with you are your favourite teddy bear, your slippers so as to not disturb the other theatre-goers should you need to slip into the loo at night, and the complimentary earplugs and eye masks the theatre will pass out before the show.


If you secretly wish your mum would still pop over to tell you a bedtime story from time to time, Lullaby is your alternative to therapy. Sisters H. Plewis andHarriet Plewis are on singing duty, whilst Matthew Robins and Tim Spooner weave narratives to get you dreaming, all clad in costumes worthy of your favourite children’s book. The show itself lasts about two hours, with low-level lighting and increasingly mellow entertainment, all to get you drifting off to your own land of nod. 

Wake up the next morning to a breakfast of boiled eggs and soldiers plus a continental choice, and please, remember your toothbrush! Even showers and a locker room are even available should you need to head straight to work. Lullaby brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘audience participation’. So dig out your favorite PJs and ring up a couple of your best friends and book a bed at the Barbican Theatre. It’s a sleepover you won’t forget, just pray your fellow slumberers take the toiletries advice to heart and that none of them are nightmare-prone.



More Information

Duckie will run until 24th July

£42 including breakfast

Barbican Centre

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