About Future Polka

“Polka is much more than a leading children’s theatre, it is a complete experience designed with children in mind.”

Peter Glanville, Artistic Director & Joint CEO

We have re-imagined what a dedicated children’s theatre could and should be for young audiences and their families, creating a vibrant hub for future generations at the heart of our community.

Improvements include:

  • An extended Adventure Theatre with increased capacity for Early Years audiences
  • A centralised Clore Learning space offering an expanded programme
  • A newly expanded destination Café
  • New toilet and baby changing facilities
  • Significantly improved accessibility
  • A new multi-sensory garden and improved outdoor play area
  • Our first onsite rehearsal studio so we can continue making excellent theatre for young audiences


FUTURE Polka is almost a reality but we need your help to give the final push we need to open our doors in Autumn 2020.

Click here to help us reach our remaining target of £250,000.

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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

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 and will continue to be the place where theatre begins.