Polka Theatre in London has announced a new programme of shows for its 2022 season.
Fresh from its re-opening season in 2021, the children’s theatre has revealed its line up for January to August 2022.
The Main Theatre will play host to How To Hide A Lion (11 March – 24 April), which brings Helen Stephens’ beloved children’s tale to life with playful humour and stunning puppetry, adapted by Polka’s Artistic Director Peter Glanville with original music and songs by Barb Jungr (We’re Going On A Bear Hunt)
Next, in a co production with Polka Theatre and Derby Theatre, the award-winning Hiccup Theatre spin music, puppetry, BSL and storytelling into The Emperor’s New Clothes (28 April – 22 May).
And it’s going to be a swashbuckling summer with The Pirate, The Princess and The Platypus (18 June – 20 August), created by the brilliant minds behind Potted Potter and Potted Panto – come and join this magical musical world of pirate kings, queens, frogs, tall towers and shipwrecks!
Over in the Adventure Theatre, Ready, Steady, GO! (29 January – 27 March), written and directed by Polka’s Artistic Director Peter Glanville and created in collaboration with the Creative Europe Mapping programme, takes the audience on a thrilling journey through the natural world, exploring the bond between a mother and her young daughter.
Supported in development by PolkaLAB (Polka’s artistic development programme), Akademi’s Plastic Drastic Fantastic (6 April – 8 May) is a dance show for older children focusing on the big issues, and Polka and Little Angel Theatre’s acclaimed co-production of The Paper Dolls returns to wow audiences once more.
Alongside Polka produced shows, there is a brilliant programme of visiting companies with exciting shows for babies and up.
Highlights include Watershed Productions present the Little Angel Theatre and Royal & Derngate, Northampton production of The Singing Mermaid (10 – 20 February), based on the book by Julia Donaldson, brought to life by a cast of three performers, beautiful puppets and music and songs by Barb Jungr.
There’s also Stuff and Nonsense’s The Gingerbread Man (23 – 27 February), The Egg, Wales Millennium Centre and Oxford Playhouse co-production of Holm Theatre’s Josephine (3 -5 March) and New International Encounter, Cambridge Junction and Tobacco Factory Theatres co-production of Snow White (27 May – 5 June).
For for full programme details and tickets, visit polkatheatre.com.
Polka’s Artistic Director Peter Glanville said: “As we head into the new year, we are delighted to have a new season of productions and workshops on offer, created to engage and inspire children from 0-12yrs.
“This is an exciting and historic time for us. Following our major capital redevelopment, Polka has been transformed into a hub for the community with a new café, shop, free-to-access indoor and outdoor play spaces – it truly is a wonderful space to spend an hour or the whole day!”