Polka Theatre

London, UK

London’s Polka Theatre opened its doors in 1979 as the first home for a puppet touring company and since then has welcomed more than 3.5 million visitors. A dedicated theatre catering to 0-13-year-old children, it is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation.


Front view of the stage at Polka Theatre with limited lighting and empty seats

Polka is housed within the former Holy Trinity Halls in Wimbledon, South London and originally comprised a 300-seat main auditorium and a 70-seat studio used for early years performances. The theatre’s redevelopment has seen a reimagining of the venue, including the new Adventure Theatre – the UK’s first purpose-built early years theatre. Other additions include a rehearsal and R&D studio to support the PolkaLAB professional development programme. There is also a new Creative Learning Studio, which has direct access to a multi-sensory garden and redeveloped indoor play area.


Students and lecturer watching a fellow student interact with an interactive floor display, behind them is a white wall with a large window and a yellow framed door. Above are projectors and lights against a black ceiling.

“Polka is much more than a leading children’s theatre; it is a complete experience designed with children in mind. We have an amazing, chance-of-a-lifetime opportunity to redevelop Polka as a unique place of inspiration for children, artists and our local community.”

Peter Glanville, Artistic Director, Polka Theatre

We provided full technical consultancy expertise for stagelighting, audiovisual and stage engineering systems
throughout the refurbishment, from the front of house areas and Creative Learning Studio to the new extension housing the Adventure Theatre and Rehearsal Studio. We are thrilled to have been part of creating such an exciting new home for Polka and our next generation of theatre-makers.

Exterior view of the Polka Theatre at dusk with lights on inside and the theatre name lit in red lighting

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