The very young won’t sit still to watch a show and we don’t expect them to.Egg and Spoon is an interactive romp through the seasons where you come in and out of our magic circle and get to open all the gifts of nature. Percy and April get you settled on our comfortable cushions and introduce you to Birdy, still hiding in his glowing egg.We have to wait till Spring if we want to see him so it’s time to begin our hands-on journey through the year. We’ll run through the rain and the falling leaves and sleep under the snow till the sun wakes us up for the butterfly party. Egg and Spoon is a perfect gentle introduction to the magic of theatre.
Ages 1-3 Approximately 55 minutes polkatheatre.com/event/egg-and-spoon-2023/Tickets from £14**£2.50 transaction fee applies to phone and online bookings
A time travelling adventure for ages 6-12.Zoe loves meeting up with her friends, but one day as she’s getting ready, something very peculiar happens…Catapulted one hundred years into the future, Zoe finds herself on a mysterious island made entirely of plastic waste. She doesn’t have time to think before her real adventures begin and she sets off to explore, solving riddles, meeting wonderful creatures, and helping new friends out of trouble.Will she find her way home? Join us in this magical tale exploring themes of friendship and the environment, featuring Theatre-Rites’ award-winning puppetry.
Ages 6-12 Approximately 65 minutes? BSL Interpreted performances available. polkatheatre.com/event/zoes-peculiar-journey-through-time/Tickets from £10**£2.50 transaction fee applies to phone and online bookings
Zoe loves meeting up with her friends, but one day as she’s getting ready, something very peculiar happens…Catapulted one hundred years into the future, Zoe finds herself on a mysterious island made entirely of plastic waste.Book online now using your Theatre Tokens: officiallondontheatre.com/show/zoes-peculiar-journey-time-111442356
Explore the wonderful world of colours with a curious little owl, who is determined to stay awake and see what day light brings.From the warm, pink glow of dawn through to a day filled with the bright colours of green leaves, blue sky, white clouds and, finally, a stunning rainbow — ‘WOW!’. But despite the beauty of the daytime world, the little owl decides that the night-time stars are the most beautiful of all.WOW! Said the Owl, the acclaimed children’s book by award-winning author, Tim Hopgood, is brought to life through a blend of beautiful storytelling, puppetry and music. Directed by Joy Haynes, this show will delight and excite very young audiences.
Ages 2-5 Approximately 40 minutes polkatheatre.com/event/wow-said-the-owl-2023/Tickets from £14**£2.50 transaction fee applies to phone and online bookings This production of WOW! Said the Owl is based on the book WOW! Said the Owl © 2009 Tim Hopgood, published by Macmillan Children’s Books, a division of Macmillan Publishers International Ltd.
Take a bird’s eye view of the humans in a brand-new family show from M6 Theatre.A tree in a city. Two birds decide to make it their home and soon their cosy nest contains two very precious eggs. The world below is full of stuff but, very quickly, so too is the nest.Filled with clowning, original song and beautiful shadow play, this highly physical show uses minimal language to tell a tale about taking care, discovering what’s important and learning how to fly.
Ages 3-7 Approximately 45 minutes polkatheatre.com/event/nest/Tickets from £14**£2.50 transaction fee applies to phone and online bookings
Our story for babies and their grown-ups begins with a red moon rising.?? But why is the moon red?? Now it’s turned blue and it’s crying. Do the ladybirds know why?? Perhaps the little pond can tell us?Or maybe the rabbits have the answer…Made in consultation with paediatricians, English Touring Opera’s Under the Little Red Moon explores the development of language with the help of music and movement.
Ages 6-24 monthsApproximately 30 minutes polkatheatre.com/event/under-the-little-red-moon/Tickets from £14**£2.50 transaction fee applies to phone and online bookings? By Tim Yealland and Russell Hepplewhite An English Touring Opera production
George sees something in the kitchen. It’s cake!I said I’d be good, George thinks, but I LOVE cake. What will George do?Oh No, George! is the delightfully playful tale of a dog who wants to be good but just can’t resist temptation. Adapted from the award-winning picture book by Chris Haughton, this brand new show for children aged 3+ (and their grown ups) uses acrobatics, slapstick comedy, Sign Supported English and live music to bring George’s joyful escapades to life.Originally commissioned by ARC Stockton and The Civic, Barnsley in 2020, Oh No, George! is brought to life by Can’t Sit Still, a South Gloucestershire based arts organisation that tells stories and starts conversations with the power to change the world.
Ages 3+ Approximately 55 minutes polkatheatre.com/event/oh-no-george/Tickets from £10*? *£2.50 transaction fee applies to phone and online bookings? Oh No, George! Copyright 2012 Chris Haughton. Licensed by Walker Books Ltd., London.
World-famous?Shakespearean?Professor,?Nick Bottom,?is about to present his talk on A Midsummer Night’s Dream – but there is a technical problem. Professor Bottom’s laptop cannot?contain?the magical forces at play and the sprites in the software?want to tell the story in their own words.Nick makes an ass of himself, and we are?drawn into a timeless world?of love,?fairies, and ridiculousness in Norwich Puppet Theatre’s sideways take on Shakespeare’s classic play. Beautiful?shadow imagery?inspired by Ancient Greek art and natural images?are?woven together with?a musical?sound tapestry?created especially for this?production.
Ages 6+ Approximately 50 minutes polkatheatre.com/event/a-midsummer-nights-dream/Tickets from £14**£2.50 transaction fee applies to phone and online bookings?
Star Seekers Alph, Betty and Gammo need your help to save their space station, collect all the orbs and delve into the great unanswered question of the universe: what do astronauts really have for tea?Inspired by our childhood wonder of the universe, The Wardrobe Ensemble and The Wardrobe Theatre have created a unique theatrical experience for children. The Star Seekers is an interactive show that explores the limitless majesty of galaxies, the solar system, shooting stars and planets through songs, silliness and anti-gravity antics. Together you will all go on an intergalactic adventure through space, discover new planets, meet an alien and collect all the orbs for Dr. Doctor, before returning to Earth again. Meet Betty and Gammo outside the auditorium to get your name badge.
Ages 3-8 Approximately 60 minutes polkatheatre.com/event/the-star-seekers/Tickets from £14**£2.50 transaction fee applies to phone and online bookings?
Can you help a very unusual princess solve an unexpected problem? Without the twinkle of fairy lights, the holiday season could be cancelled!? It’s up to our intrepid explorer, her pals and YOU to illuminate the world again.Tutti Frutti Productions have teamed up with One Tenth Human ('Curious Investigators') to create a fun-filled, sparkling extravaganza exploring the sensational science behind electricity.?Featuring catchy original songs from Ziad Jabero and electrifying storytelling, The Lightbulb Princess will light up children’s imaginations and inspire them to learn more about the world around them. Researched with children and scientists in Morecambe Bay and Northumberland.?
Ages 4+ Approximately 60 minutes polkatheatre.com/event/the-lightbulb-princess/Tickets from £14**£2.50 transaction fee applies to phone and online bookings?
Jude Christian’s brand new family adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale is brought to life with songs, spectacular storytelling and a flurry of mythical magic.Book online now using your Theatre Tokens: officiallondontheatre.com/show/the-snow-queen-111440399
We bring Christmas Eve to life in an exciting original production featuring music, skilful puppetry and a generous sprinkling of festive magic.Book online now using your Theatre Tokens: officiallondontheatre.com/show/the-night-before-christmas-111440400
By Train Wimbledon Station BR (10 minute walk) By Tube Wimbledon, District Line (10 minute walk) South Wimbledon, Northern Line (5 minute walk) By Bus 57, 93, 219, 131 stop outside Polka 156, 163, 164, 200 stop nearby Wimbledon (10 minute walk)
There are a limited number of pay-and-display bays in the roads behind the theatre, namely Latimer Road, South Park Road, Bridges Road, Dudley Road and Kings Road. However, finding a space can be difficult, especially on Saturdays. Also note that many of the meters on these roads have a two hour limit, which may not suffice for certain shows in the Main Theatre. Alternative car parking is available in Wimbledon Town Centre, including The Broadway (next to New Wimbledon Theatre), Queens Road, St George’s Road, Hartfield Road and Hartfield Crescent.
We love healthy food at the Polka Café and have a wide selection of sandwiches, paninis, jacket potatoes, cupcakes, fruit, treats and drinks which are all delicious and prepared fresh each day, on the premises. Why not come and visit us beforehand, during the interval or even after your show! Kids and adults are also welcome to visit the Polka Café when you haven’t got tickets for a show and who can blame you, the food is delicious! Café staff will be happy to assist in warming baby food.
For detailed access information please visit the theatre's access page: polkatheatre.com/home/your-visit/access/
The Polka Theatre is a very special venue, being one of the few in the UK that is dedicated exclusively to children. The group behind the theatre’s primary goal is to entertain and inspire young audiences with world-class theatre and performance arts. The organisation began in 1967 as a touring company under the Artistic Directorship of Richard Gill and settled two years later in its current building in Wimbledon.The Polka aims to keep its work fresh and relevant through creative programming, tailoring its content to specific age categories. This approach led to the repertoire of the theatre expanding to theatre for babies, and teen theatre in 2003.Young audiences can experience new plays, dynamic performers, resonant subjects and inventive adaptations of popular stories in the Polka Theatre’s two stages, the Adventure Theatre and the Main Stage.Every year, over 90,000 children attend productions at the Polka to engage with fun and exciting theatre, often for the first time. This dedicated and bespoke venue has hosted 3.5 million visitors in its forty-year history, going some way to prove its commitment to inspiring young audiences.
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