Review: Our trip to the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon

Review: Our trip to the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon

There have been many times I have passed the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon.  Many times I have sat on 57 bus and watched the Polka Theatre pass buy. And many a time I have thought I really should bring the kids here. But I never did. Until now.

I love going to the theatre. It’s not something I do often. It’s a treat. And living in London we are so lucky to have so many theatres and productions within reach.

The Polka Theatre in Wimbledon got in touch asking if I would like to pop along, with the children, and see a play. Would I? Of course! No excuse now.

The Polka Theatre in Wimbledon on a wet Saturday afternoon

On a very, very, wet Saturday, we hopped on the 57 bus and made our way to Wimbledon. We picked up our tickets at the box office. As we did this, Super Girl and her friend raced into the foyer and leapt onto the rocking horses, dived into the toy box making friends with the selection of cuddly toys. Uh oh. Looks like might have problems tearing the kids away from the toys.

But the promise of a hot chocolate did the trick. And what a cafe. A cafe with a train in squealed the kids in delight, this was just too good to be true! We picked up our drinks and bundled the kids into the theatre.

Child-friendly plays in a child-friendly theatre, Polka Theatre in Wimbledon

Our play took place in the main auditorium. It’s small, intimate, both children had a good view of the stage. No complaints there.

The play we were invited to see at the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon was Three Sat Under the Banyan Tree. The play was based on three Indian folktales from The Panchatantra. The play told the story of three orphaned children, lost in a forest, fleeing war and destruction. Finding sanctuary under a Banyan tree they discover a magical book. The children relay three stories from the book. The stories bring to life three animals – a lion, crow and a mongoose and each tale teach the children important life lessons.

Though the play was staged with minimal sets, our children were enthralled. They were gripped, bottoms rooted to their seats. And these kids are super fidgets.  On the bus ride home, we fielded a barrage of questions about the play.

I have to say we are lucky to have a theatre just for children on our doorstep. And I have pledged that we will return.

Thumbs up for the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon

  • It’s an intimate theatrical experience. The seats are close to the stage. You get the full-on experience of a live play
  • The Polka Theatre caters for children aged 3 to 14
  • The ticket prices are affordable, they won’t burn a hole in your pocket, prices start at around £12.50
  • There’s a great play area for the children kitted out with rocking horses, cuddly toys and book corner with lots of bean bags
  • The cafe is fun, kids will love sitting in the train carriages eating their snacks and slurping their hot chocolates
  • There is a theatre shop that sells plenty of pocket money toys and children’s books
  • As well as the theatre programme the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon has Saturday morning story-telling, acting workshops, art and craft such as mask making and imaginative play sessions
  • We don’t have a car. The theatre is located close to Wimbledon town centre, parking may be limited. But the theatre has good access to public transport
  • I’ll forgive them for the tired interior (it could use a lick of paint) as the kids had such a brilliant time

Next time, if you need something to do on a wet, miserable Saturday afternoon, check out the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon.

Polka Theatre
240 The Broadway
Wimbledon
London SW19 1SB

Tel:020 8543 4888

 

 

  • We were invited to visit the Polka Theatre, Wimbledon and gifted tickets for the play Three Sat Under the Banyan Tree.

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