A Wild Winter Ahead At Wimbledon's Polka Theatre

Listings from now until March

Polka Theatre in Wimbledon has announced its new season, running until March 2016. With brand new plays, adaptations of best-selling children's books and beasts of all shapes and sizes, Polka is set for a wild winter.

Its Adventure Theatre will be transformed into a playful winter wonderland for Beasty Baby, a co-production with Theatre-Rites for ages 3 – 6.

Theatre-Rites are committed to making imaginative theatre for young people, and have previously worked with Sadler's Wells, The Young Vic, the Barbican the Salzburg Festival and the Ruhrtriennale Festival.

Directed by Sue Buckmaster and using a combination of puppetry and live music to create a spirited celebration of family, Beasty Baby explores growing up and the rituals both children and adults form in the early years of life. Bringing mayhem and laughter to Polka's intimate Adventure Theatre, Beasty Baby runs from October 14 - January 3.

The classic Beauty & The Beast comes to life on Polka's main stage in an adaptation by acclaimed children’s playwright Charles Way. This classic story gets a new lease of life in a reworking that follows timid Belle and her boisterous sister Cassandra as they both discover the true meaning of beauty.

Directed by Polka Associate Director Roman Stefanski, Beauty & The Beast will be enchanting audiences in the Main Theatre from November 20 - February 7, suitable for ages 6 – 12.

Plus, as part of Polka’s visiting season, there are plenty more wild adventures this winter. Oxford Playhouse will be digging up prehistoric creatures in What To Do When You Find a Dinosaur; Pins and Needles Productions premiere a new stage adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ The Bear and we meet some madcapped Vikings in Third Party’s riotous stage version of Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin’s The Sagas of Noggin the Nog. Propellor Associate Director Ellen Havard brings her touring production about monstrous gales and moving friendships, Hurricane Boy, to Polka.

From January 8 - March 13 2016, Polka Theatre and Little Angel Theatre's co-production of The Paper Dolls for ages 3 - 6, based on the book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Rebecca Cobb, will be in Polka's Adventure Theatre, featuring dinosaurs, crocodiles, big brothers and very real scissors.

August 11, 2015