Inspiring the next generation

“Polka is much more than a leading children’s theatre, it is a complete experience designed with children in mind. We have an amazing, chance-of-a-lifetime opportunity to redevelop Polka as a unique place of inspiration for children, artists and our community. Please support FUTURE POLKA and help us inspire future generations. Thank you.”

Peter Glanville, Artistic Director & Joint CEO

40 years coming

We first opened our doors in 1979, pioneering Polka as  the first theatre in the UK dedicated exclusively to children. Since then we have inspired and entertained over 3.5 million visitors, establishing an international reputation for setting new standards in children’s theatre. Now in our 40th year, we have a unique opportunity to re-imagine this unique space, improving our facilities for young audiences and their families for generations to come.

Polka is the place where theatre begins…


We are re-imagining what a dedicated children’s theatre could and should be for young audiences and their families. Following years of consultation, we are excited to share with you our FUTURE POLKA plans, imagining a vibrant hub for future generations at the heart of our community.


  • An extended Adventure Theatre with increased capacity for Early Years audiences
  • A centralised Creative Learning space offering an expanded programme of play-based activities
  • New multi-sensory garden
  • Our first onsite rehearsal studio
  • New toilet and baby change facilities
  • Designated buggy park
  • A newly expanded destination cafe
  • Improved outdoor play area
  • Redesigned indoor play area
  • Significantly improved accessibility
  • Broader range of hire spaces






The building closed temporarily on Monday 18 February 2019 with building work commencing in March 2019. The building works will take up to 18 months, reopening end of Summer 2020.


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If you would like further information on how you can support us please contact Amanda Cropper, Capital Campaign Director: amanda@polkatheatre.com