An update on our Redevelopment

May 15, 2020

REOPENING OF POLKA THEATRE DELAYED TO SPRING 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in unavoidable delays to Polka’s major redevelopment.

Polka was due to reopen its state-of-the-art children’s theatre this autumn, ready for an exciting winter season of new work, with new indoor and outdoor play spaces and creative learning activities. Unfortunately, the delays to construction caused by the pandemic now mean that the building can no longer be completed in time for this to happen. The building is now set to re-open to the public in spring 2021, and our planned winter productions will be rescheduled.

This is a huge blow to Polka. The charity faces both the loss of its vital income-generating winter productions, as well as increased costs to the redevelopment – putting a £500K+ hole in its plans. Despite this, Polka is continuing to support children, families and teachers through its newly established Polka Online programme and tailored creative learning activities.

Peter Glanville, Artistic Director, commented: “This is a frustrating and challenging time, especially when we were so close to being able to welcome audiences back to our reimagined venue. Polka has always led the way as one of the most welcoming theatres in the country, with 100,000 visitors every year, and a commitment to inclusivity. We know that when we are able to reopen our doors, children are going to need imaginative play and creative opportunities more than ever, as we work to reconnect with each other and reshape our communities.”

Polka would like to thank everyone who has supported its journey so far. To support Polka and its ongoing mission to empower children through creativity, please make a donation