Venue Hire

Polka can host a wide range of private events, performances and functions – from book launches and award ceremonies, to community group meetings and local arts performances. The theatre is often hired by commercial organisations looking for a comfortable, family-friendly and accessible venue.

Spaces available to hire

Main Theatre (capacity 300)
The Main Theatre provides a comfortable cinema style raked seating. There is wheelchair access through our lift with wheelchair seating in the front row.

Adventure Theatre (capacity 30 – 50)
The Adventure Theatre makes a perfect venue for smaller productions, workshops and receptions.  It can be set up for smaller presentations with a projector, screen and lighting adjustments.  Additional chairs can be brought in for seating.

Annexe (capacity 30 – 70)
The Annexe can host a variety of events and is an ideal space for rehearsals and workshops with wood floors and walls and natural light. This space can accommodate up to 70 people standing and 30 people seated – perfect for presentations, workshops and receptions.

Exhibition Area (capacity 60-100)
The Main Exhibition Area is perfect for receptions or other events that require a large open space.

Hire Rates

The charge for hiring a space includes a minimum staffing allocation; further staffing support can be requested and would incur additional charges. Polka offers preferential hire rates for not-for-profit organisations, and community groups based in the borough of Merton.

For Hire Rates click here.

For further information please contact our Operations Team on 020 8545 8334 or email

Children's Parties

Our Cafe provides Children’s Parties both before and after our performances. These are an ideal way to add that extra special element to your parties at Polka. The parties are an hour long and will be in a reserved area of the building. You will have a dedicated member of cafe staff.

To book a Cafe Children’s Party please contact us on 0208 545 8330 or

Alternatively should you just wish to hire a room to organise your own celebration our Annexe space may be ideal for you, so please see the details and rates here.

Technical Specifications

In this section you will be able to download the Technical Specifications for Polka. 

Please contact Graham Weymouth, Technical Manager on 020 8545 8352 or Head of Production on 020 8545 8350 for help with these files or if you need any further details.

Polka Theatre Technical Specifications PDF

Main House Ground plan:

Main House Ground plan PDF / VWX / DWG

Main House sections PDF / VWX / DWG

Lighting Plan Downloads for Lighting Designers:

Polka Theatre Bare Grid plan PDF / VWX / DWG

Polka Theatre Lighting Circuit Plan PDF / VWX / DWG

Adventure Theatre Ground plans PDF / VWX / DWG

Adventure Theatre Technical Details for Visiting Companies PDF

All drawings located here

We hope that you find everything that you require on this page, but if you need any further information or have any further questions then please do not hesitate to contact us.