Polka is one of the few theatres in the UK dedicated exclusively to children. The organisation started life in 1967 as a touring company under the Artistic Directorship of Richard Gill, and later and settled in its current location in Wimbledon in 1979. Polka’s goal is to create world-class theatre to entertain and inspire young audiences.
Over 90,000 children attend productions at the Polka every year to experience engaging, fun and exciting theatre, most often for the first time. Over the course of four decades, the theatre has hosted over 3.5 million visitors.
The Polka aims to keep its work fresh and relevant through creative programming. In its two spaces, the Adventure Theatre and Main Stage, young audiences can expect new plays, dynamic performers, resonant subjects and inventive adaptations of popular stories.
The Polka Theatre has dedicated programmes which focus on specific age categories, tailoring their plays to appeal to children at different stages of their lives. In 2003-2004, the repertoire of the theatre was expanded to include theatre for babies and teen theatre.