Since opening its doors in 1990, Irvine Barclay Theatre has emerged as one of California's most imaginative performing arts showcases. A unique collaborative venture among the City of Irvine, the University of California, Irvine, and the private sector, the theatre has a reputation for wide-ranging programming in the fields of contemporary dance, music, and theater arts. Performances take place in the 756-seat Cheng Hall, renowned for its intimate atmosphere and superb acoustics.
Irvine Barclay Theatre is an independent non-profit organization established as an innovative public-private partnership with the vision of creating a unique performing arts venue. The private sector, the City of Irvine and the University of California, Irvine combined funding and land to achieve a long-standing mutual goal.
The partners created Irvine Barclay Theatre to showcase top quality artists, to provide a superior facility for local and regional arts groups and to enhance UCI's educational mission, particularly the programs generated by its School of the Arts. The theatre building is named for Mr. Richard Barclay, an area philanthropist, who provided the leading gift for the theatre's construction. The theatre auditorium is named for Dr. George and Arlene Cheng, also area philanthropists.
The Barclay's 750-seat Cheng Hall is now virtually in constant use. Irvine Barclay Theatre has gained a national reputation for its great acoustics, intimate feel, and the high quality of its production facilities. Among artists, it is a venue of choice when performing in Southern California.
Irvine Barclay Theatre is located at: 4242 Campus Drive in Irvine
Los Angeles/North County going south on the 405 freeway:
From the 405, take the Jamboree Road exit, which is the first exit past John Wayne airport. Turn right on Jamboree Road. Stay in the left lane of Jamboree and go approximately 1 mile to Campus Drive. Turn left on Campus Drive and go a little over 1 mile. When you pass University Drive, get into the right lane. The theatre will be on the right, just past the next intersection. Turn right into the first driveway, which is the entrance to the UCI parking structure.
San Diego/South County going north on the 405 freeway:
From the 405, take the Culver Road exit. Turn left on Culver Road. Go approximately 1 mile to Campus Drive. Turn right on Campus Drive and go 3 blocks. Get in the left lane and make a U-turn at W Peltason/Bridge. Turn right into the first driveway, which is the entrance to the UCI parking structure.
From 73 Toll Road going north from South County:
From the 73, take the MacArthur Road exit, stay in the far right lane and follow the University Drive (UCI) signs. Turn right on University Drive and go approximately 3/4 mile to Campus Drive. Turn right on Campus Drive. The theatre will be on the right, just past the next intersection. Turn right into the first driveway, which is the entrance to the UCI parking structure.
From Riverside County:
Take the 91 West to the 55 South to the 73 South. From the 73, take the University Drive exit and turn left. Go approximately 3/4 miles and turn right on Campus Drive. The theatre will be on the right, just past the next intersection. Turn right into the first driveway, which is the entrance to the UCI parking structure.
The nearest parking structure is at the corner of Campus and West Peltason, and is right next to the theatre.
Parking: $10 - Please note that the parking structure is operated by UCI and not by Irvine Barclay Theatre. We do not recommend parking in the shopping center across from the theatre. Space there is limited and subject to towing.