Support Us

“For the past 35 years, Polka has been a pioneer in creating inspirational, unforgettable theatre for children in an environment where they, and their imaginations, can run free.  We work with the best writers and artists in the UK to produce world-class theatre for over 90,000 children and families every year. We want every child to experience live theatre and benefit from the creative learning activities we offer. We make every effort to ensure all our work is accessible to children with special educational needs and those from disadvantaged areas of the community.

Polka holds a special place in the hearts and minds of all those who come here. For many children, Polka is where theatre begins. Thank you in advance for helping us continue to introduce the wonders of live theatre to new generations of children and their families.”

Peter Glanville
Artistic Director & Joint CEO, Polka Theatre

Ticket sales account for only a third of what we need to keep our doors open and our programme of inspiring productions for children and creative learning activities alive. As a registered charity, we need to raise a further £300,000+ each year.

For babies to early teens, your support helps us every year to provide:

  • 6 new theatre productions
  • Creative learning activities
  • 1000s of tickets and subsidised access for disadvantaged audiences
  • A rich schools programme
  • Freefalling Project
  • Integrated Sign Language, Relaxed and Audio Described performances and workshops
  • Free activities and play spaces


Future Polka

In 2019 we embarked on a major £7.5m redevelopment of our theatre. To see our plans and help us reach our fundraising visit the FUTURE Polka page.

Leave a Legacy

Legacies and ‘In Memory’ gifts from those whose children or friends in the community have benefited from their unforgettable experiences at Polka theatre, have had a profound impact on our work in recent years.

Your gift will provide ongoing support for our current programme and help ensure our future. It will mean we can support the next generation of artists and invest in a much-needed redevelopment of our building and play spaces, so tomorrow’s children can also be inspired by live theatre.

To make a donation to Polka in memory
Please contact Amanda Cropper, Development Director by email  or telephone 020 8545 8353.

To leave a legacy to Polka
If you would like further information, or you are interested in leaving a gift to Polka in your will, please do let us know. We would like to have the chance to thank you and keep you updated about our plans for the future.

As Polka Theatre is a registered charity, no inheritance tax is payable on the amount of your gift. As of 2013, if you leave 10% or more of your residuary estate to charity, this will reduce the rate of inheritance tax from 40% to 36% charged to the taxable beneficiaries. There are tax implications in leaving the residue of your estate between charitable and non-charitable beneficiaries; for further information please consult a professional will adviser.

To discuss leaving a legacy to Polka Theatre, please contact:
Amanda Cropper, Development Director,
240 The Broadway,
London, SW19 1SB.
020 8545 8353 or email Amanda.

Or, please refer to the following documents for more information:

Legacy Pledge Form

Wording for your Will


Corporate Support

Corporate Support
A partnership with Polka will benefit your business, your employees, clients and their families in many ways. It will also help us continue to create inspiring theatre every year for young audiences and to share our extensive on and off-stage programme with thousands of disadvantaged children and schools.

To discuss Polka partnership opportunities that best suit your business, please contact Amanda Cropper, Development Director on 020 8545 8353 or email.

Whether you want your brand associated with our high profile winter productions, or to reach discrete private networks through one of our calendar of special events, we will tailor a sponsorship package and range of benefits to suit your business.

Corporate Membership – become a Polka Partner
Polka is all about using theatre to spark the imagination of children, but this is just as important for grown-ups. Through one of our bespoke corporate memberships, you can introduce benefits to reward, inspire and develop your employees and build client relationships.

Donations, Payroll and Matched Giving
Unrestricted funding is vitally important to the everyday running of Polka. These donations support areas where the need is greatest – from essential playground repairs to Curtain Up!, our award-winning subsidised access programme for schools in disadvantaged local areas.

Payroll and Matched Giving
Payroll Giving is a tax-efficient way for employees to support Polka. It is a flexible scheme which allows any UK taxpayer to give regularly and on a tax free basis. Payroll Giving donations are deducted before tax so each £1.00 you give will only cost you 80p, and if you’re a higher rate tax payer it will only cost you 60p. When adopted by a company as part of its CSR or philanthropy programme, such as Charity of the Year, Payroll Giving can support the long term sustainability of the charity.

Many hundreds of companies will also support their employees by doubling or matching a portion of their charitable donations.

For companies
It is quick and easy to set up Payroll Giving. Click here to visit the HMRC website for more information.

For employees
Please speak to your employer, or Human Resources department, if you would like to donate to Polka via Payroll Giving or to see if your company will match your donations.

Trusts and Foundations

Trusts and Foundations
Our mission is to light up the imagination in every child. As one of the of the only UK venues dedicated to children from babies to early teens, Polka is uniquely positioned to create and champion world-class theatre as a vital source of inspiration for young audiences.

For 35 years, Polka has been a leader in its field. We create 6 new productions every year and have developed ways to reduce barriers, so as many children as possible can experience live theatre and associated creative learning activities. Polka helped to pioneer Relaxed performances for those on the autistic spectrum and thousands of children have experienced live performances for the first time through our award-winning Curtain Up! programme, which provides free tickets and transport subsidies to schools in disadvantaged areas.

Polka is active in the local community. We work with schools, libraries, children’s and community centres. Our programmes use drama, story-telling and theatre skills to support the development of children, including those at risk of social exclusion and those with Special Educational Needs.

Why we need your support
As a National Portfolio Organisation, Polka receives funding from the Arts Council, as well as the London Borough of Merton. We generate over a third of our income from ticket sales, but we need to raise a further £300,000+ every year in private funding.

We rely heavily on the donations we receive towards this target from grant-giving organisations. Funding from Trusts and Foundations helps ensure we can continue to create exceptional theatre for children, develop new writing and artistic talent, reach and engage children from all backgrounds, support creative learning and schools partnerships and our extensive community engagement programme.

For more information on supporting Polka please contact the Development Team on 020 8545 8368 or