Omid Djalili appointed as new Polka Patron

January 12, 2017

Polka Theatre for children is delighted to announce that award-winning comedian, actor and producer Omid Djalili has taken up an appointment as Patron of the theatre.

Omid Djalili will make his first public appearance at Polka on Sunday 12th February 2017, 11am to perform an interactive storytelling session. Proceeds from this event will help support Polka’s community outreach work, which provides opportunities for disadvantaged local children to experience live theatre. Click here for more information on the storytelling session and to book. 

Born in London to Iranian immigrants, Djalili is best known for his stand-up comedy and acting. He has appeared on stage (The Shawshank Redemption, Oliver!, What the Butler Saw) and in film, including The Mummy, Ridley Scott’s Gladiator and David Baddiel’s The Infidel, where his lead performance won Best Actor at the Turin Film Festival. Having first won acclaim for his stand-up at the 1995 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, he has since won five comedy awards, including the EMMA Award and the Time Out Award for Best Stand Up.  Currently, he is on tour with his new show, Schmuck for a Night.

In addition, he served as Executive Producer on We Are Many, the 2014 documentary on the protests against the Iraq War. Djalili took part in Splash, the ITV diving gameshow, and has released his autobiography, Hopeful.

Omid Djalili, new Polka Patron:

‘I’m thrilled to become a Patron of Polka Theatre for Children. In an age of increased digital communications, it is so important to give children access to the magic of live storytelling. For as long as I can remember I have loved the power of theatre as a tool to make sense of our crazy world and allow us better access to the refuge of our imaginations.  

Sitting in the theatre as a child I remember loving the freedom it gave me to see with my own eyes and think my own thoughts, whilst at the same enjoying the shared experience of community. 

I feel privileged to be associated with Polka and to try and help their work of delighting the next generation of theatre-goers, so that children can grow up with an appreciation of the power of the arts to transform ourselves and our world.’


Polka is one of the few theatres in the UK dedicated exclusively to young audiences aged 0 – 12. Based in Wimbledon since 1979, Polka creates theatre to spark the imagination and fuel a sense of discovery in all children. Every year over 90,000 people experience inspiring world-class theatre at Polka.