Venue InformationPolka Theatre
Address: 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1SB
Nearest Underground or Train Station: Wimbledon
Nearest Buses: 57, 93, 219, 131, 156, 163, 164, 200
Frequently Asked Questions
Polka Theatre Facts
What date did the Polka Theatre open?
20 November 1979
What was the first production at the Polka Theatre?
Gala performance attended by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
Other Polka Theatre facts
Polka started life as a touring company in 1967, under the Artistic Directorship of Richard Gill. Gill was spurred on by a commitment to fine design and craftsmanship and a passion for puppetry, taking the company’s work to many of Britain’s major theatres. By 1971, Polka was attracting staggering audiences of 250,000 each year. Gill had a policy of bringing skill, craft and colour to Polka’s touring productions. Now he wanted to do the same to a building which could be a home for Polka’s work. In 1976, Polka found the Holy Trinity Halls in Wimbledon and in 1979, following a lengthy fundraising campaign, Polka’s dream of a permanent home for children’s theatre became a reality.