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What’s on for 2022 at the children’s Polka Theatre, Wimbledon

Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1SB
Box office 020 8543 4888  boxoffice@polkatheatre.com

Ready Steady Go Polka Theatre

Ready, Steady, GO!

Performances: Sat 29 January – Sun 27 March 2022

Written and Directed by Peter Glanville, Designed by Verity Quinn, Music by Rex Horan
When Sofia discovers a mountain bike in the boarded-up shed at the bottom of her garden, she doesn’t realise the thrilling adventures that await her.
Join Sofia and her Mum as they travel across mountains and lakes, through day and night, in a race like no other.
Created by Polka’s Artistic Director, this is a gentle show for younger children which introduces different natural environments, and explores the bond between a mother and her young daughter.
Are you ready? Are you steady? Then let’s GO!

Ages 2-5 Approx. 45 mins in Polka’s Adventure Theatre.
Times vary, please visit polkatheatre.com for more details and information about access performances.
Tickets: Adults & Children from £9 + *£1.50 transaction fee applies to phone & online bookings.

Singing Mermaid Polka Theatre

The Singing Mermaid

Performances: Thu 10 – Sun 20 February 2022

The singing mermaid is tempted away to join a travelling circus, with the promise of a life of excitement (and her own swimming pool!). The audience love her singing but soon she finds she’s been tricked by the dastardly circus master. Will she ever escape? And who will help her along the way?
A cast of three performers, beautiful puppets and music and songs by Barb Jungr (We’re Going On A Bear Hunt) bring Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ much-loved story to life.
This play is based on the original book The Singing Mermaid, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Lydia Monks. Text © Julia Donaldson 2013. Illustrations © Lydia Monk 2013. Published by Macmillan Children’s Books

Ages 3 – 8 Approx. 55 mins in Polka’s Main Theatre
Times vary, please visit polkatheatre.com for more details and information about access performances.
Tickets: Adults & Children from £10 + *£1.50 transaction fee applies to phone & online bookings.

Gingerbread Man Polka Theatre

The Gingerbread Man

Performances: Wed 23 – Sun 27 February 2022

Imagine being born in an oven and the first person you meet wants to dunk you in his tea!
Come and see the adventure of the deliciously-smelling Gingerbread Man and meet the bravest biscuit of all time!
Stuff and Nonsense apply their usual brilliance with a mix of puppetry, live action, great music, humour and a stunning staging of this well-loved classic tale.
Suitable for 3+ (no scary bits) just don’t turn up hungry!
Now run, run, as fast as you can, you need to get tickets to catch this Gingerbread Man!
Created with public funding from Arts Council England, support from The Berry Theatre, Hedge End & The Point Eastleigh, with additional support from Salisbury Playhouse and The Lyric Theatre Bridport.
“just brilliant: an innovative, musically and theatrically skilled show” – Brighton and Hove News

Approx. 60 mins in Polka’s Main Theatre.
Times vary, please visit polkatheatre.com for more details and information about access performances.
Tickets: Adults & Children from £10 + *£1.50 transaction fee applies to phone & online bookings.

Josephine Man Polka Theatre

Josephine

Performances: Thu 3 – Sat 5 March 2022

Josephine Baker. The little girl from Missouri who became an original 20th Century icon. Dancer, actor, activist, campaigner, spy and mother to the multicultural Rainbow Tribe, Josephine broke the mould and high-kicked the pieces to the kerb.
But, almost 50 years after her death, Café Josephine, a down-at-heel New York diner dedicated to her memory, faces closure. Nobody remembers Josephine, who she was, what she did, what she stood for.
And she just can’t allow that.
With a sultry, Harlem Renaissance-inspired score, spring-heeled Charleston dancing and a hatful of historical figures, Josephine blurs the real with the imagined as we follow one woman’s incredible journey from the slums of St Louis via the bright lights of Paris and into the hearts of the world.
“A brilliantly physical performance” – The Guardian

Ages 8+ Approx. 60 mins in Polka’s Main Theatre.
Times vary, please visit polkatheatre.com for more details and information about access performances.
Tickets: Adults & Children from £10 + *£1.50 transaction fee applies to phone & online bookings.

How To Hide A Lion Polka Theatre

How to Hide a Lion

Performances: Fri 11 March – Sun 24 April 2022

Based on the book by Helen Stephens’ rip-roaring story about hiding a lion and finding a friend.
When a lion is chased out of town, a young girl helps him find somewhere to hide. It’s not easy – lions are too big, too fluffy and too heavy!
Join Iris on a mission to squeeze and squash her furry new friend into a variety of sneaky spots, as Helen Stephens’ magical book comes to life with playful humour, dazzling puppetry and original songs.
Adapted by Peter Glanville (director of Polka’s acclaimed staging of The Paper Dolls) with music by celebrated singer-songwriter Barb Jungr.

Ages 3 – 6 Approx. 50 mins in Polka’s Main Theatre.
Times vary, please visit polkatheatre.com for more details and information about access performances.
Tickets: Adults & Children from £10 + *£1.50 transaction fee applies to phone & online bookings.

Plastic Drastic Fantastic Polka Theatre

Plastic Drastic Fantastic

Performances: Wed 6 April – Sun 8 May 2022

Plastic… is it friend or foe? Remarkable or rubbish? Helpful or harmful?
Akademi presents Plastic Drastic Fantastic a new dance show exploring our complex relationship – from the molecular to the planetary – with all things plastic.
Using the medium of South Asian dance, intricate movements, play and lots of interaction, Plastic Drastic Fantastic draws on stories and ideas from children and young people to disentangle the fantastic possibilities that plastics offer us, from the drastic consequences of their misuse.
Plastic Drastic Fantastic is a vibrant, fun and thought-provoking show for our time.
Development supported by PolkaLAB.

Ages 7+ Approx. 45 mins in Polka’s Adventure Theatre.
Times vary, please visit polkatheatre.com for more details and information about access performances.
Tickets: Adults & Children from £9 + *£1.50 transaction fee applies to phone & online bookings.

The Emperor’s New Clothes Polka Theatre

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Performances: Thu 28 April – Sun 22 May 2022

Hiccup Theatre bring you the greatest fake news story ever told! A brand new adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen Classic.
It’s Dress up and Play Day! The Emperor likes nothing more than a fashion parade and you are all invited to Ooh and Ahh at his latest eye-popping outfit.
Meet the vain Emperor, the pandering advisors who offer uncritical support, and the crowd, who fail to recognize the truth, preferring lies to flourish.
Hilarious and heartwarming, magical and musical…it’s a stylish treat for all the family.
The award-winning Hiccup Theatre spin music, puppetry, BSL and storytelling into a very special yarn.
Hiccup Theatre’s family shows always take you to unexpected places in such imaginative ways” -The Guardian
Supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Ian McKellen Producer Grant.

Ages 3-8 Approx. 55 mins in Polka’s Main Theatre.
Times vary, please visit polkatheatre.com for more details and information about access performances. Every show is BSL integrated and captioned.
Tickets: Adults & Children from £10 + *£1.50 transaction fee applies to phone & online bookings.

Snow White Polka Theatre

Snow White

Performances: Fri 27 May – Sun 5 June 2022

In a wild and windswept land, far, far away, a cruel Queen is assured by her magic mirror that her beauty surpasses all others. Until one day, the mirror proclaims that Snow White is the fairest in the land…
Join our charmingly cheerful heroine as she escapes her hilariously homicidal stepmother with help from a family of feisty woods-dwelling, banjo-strumming, washboard-wearing vegans.
This joyful retelling of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale is about growing up, growing old, growing your own food and why you shouldn’t trust a very shiny red apple. Overflowing with charm and wit, this laughter-filled delight celebrates how we can all make the world a better place.
Supported by Arts Council England
Warm, family-friendly fairytale with a smart twist.”- The Stage

Ages 5+ Approx. 2 hours including interval in Polka’s Main Theatre.
Times vary, please visit polkatheatre.com for more details and information about access performances.
Tickets: Adults & Children from £10 + *£1.50 transaction fee applies to phone & online bookings.

Glisten Polka Theatre

Glisten

Performances: Wed 11 – Sun 15 May 2022

A gentle, sparkling and immersive multi-sensory experience for 0-18 months.
Come in, relax, find a space and settle.
Slowly, a shimmering surface emerges.
What does it look like?
How does it move?
Listen, what can you hear?
Welcome to a world of shiny things.
Welcome to Glisten!
Glisten is an interactive performance for babies aged 0-18 months and their grown-ups. The audience are taken on a sparkling and shimmering immersive journey exploring the world of reflective materials wrapped up in an ambient soundscape of evocative yet laid-back music.
Watch as the empty space of the theatre fills with colour, sounds and surprises, creating a sensory landscape ready to explore after the performance is over.

Ages 0-18 months Wed – Sun: 10.45am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm
Approx. 20 mins plus free-play session in Polka’s Adventure Theatre.
Please visit polkatheatre.com for more details.
Tickets – Adult & baby ticket: £20 + *£1.50 transaction fee applies to phone & online bookings.

Paper Dolls Polka Theatre

The Paper Dolls

Performances: Fri 20 May – Sun 7 August 2022

When a little girl makes a string of paper dolls, she takes them by the hand on a fantastical adventure. Whirling through the home and garden, they fly through the air, until they are confronted with some very sharp scissors…
Adapted from the acclaimed picture book created by former Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson with award-winning illustration by Rebecca Cobb, The Paper Dolls comes to life with stunning puppetry and original music in Polka Theatre’s much-loved production.
This play is based on the original book The Paper Dolls, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Rebecca Cobb. Published by Macmillan Children’s Books © 2013.
“A magical version of the best arts and crafts session you can imagine” – WhatOnStage

Ages 3-7, Toddler Friendly version available on selected dates for ages 2+
Approx. 45 mins in Polka’s Adventure Theatre.
Times vary, please visit polkatheatre.com for more details and information about access performances.
Tickets: Adults & Children from £14 + *£1.50 transaction fee applies to phone & online bookings.

The Pirate, The Princess And The Platypus Polka Theatre

The Pirate, the Princess and the Platypus

Performances: Sat 18 June – Sat 20 August 2022

Once upon a time there was a pirate who wanted to be a princess, a princess who wanted to be a pirate and a platypus who was happy being exactly themselves!
Join us this summer for a brand new comic fairy-tale adventure for children and their grown-ups, about choosing your destiny, discovering your identity, and finding your friends. Let us take you to a magical musical world of pirate kings, queens, frogs, tall towers and shipwrecks; of French fancies and barrels of grog!
See our heroes strike out across the high seas, but be back to the palace in time for high teas!
From the incredibly silly minds behind the Olivier-nominated global hits Potted Potter and Potted Panto.

Ages 5+ Approx. 55 mins in Polka’s Main Theatre.
Times vary, please visit polkatheatre.com for more details and information about access performances.
Tickets:
Adults & Children from £10 + *£1.50 transaction fee applies to phone & online bookings.

Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1SB

Box office 020 8543 4888     boxoffice@polkatheatre.com

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