In the past, Polka has played host to a wide range of private events, performances and functions - from book launches and award ceremonies, to community group meetings and local arts performances. The theatre is often hired by commercial organisations looking for a comfortable, family-friendly and accessible venue.
Main Theatre (capacity 300)
The Main Theatre provides a comfortable cinema style raked seating. There is wheelchair access through our lift with wheelchair seating in the front row.
Adventure Theatre (capacity 30 – 50)
The Adventure Theatre makes a perfect venue for smaller productions, workshops and receptions. It can be set up for smaller presentations with a projector, screen and lighting adjustments. Additional chairs can be brought in for seating. Catering for small events can be held in the Adventure Theatre and opened up into the Main Exhibition Area for larger receptions.
Annexe (capacity 30 – 70)
The Annexe can host a variety of events and is an ideal space for rehearsals and workshops with wood floors and walls and natural light. This space can accommodate up to 70 people standing and 30 people seated – perfect for presentations, workshops and receptions.
Exhibition Area (capacity 60-150)
The Main Exhibition Area is perfect for receptions or other events that require a large open space. It also makes a great party venue which can be booked after 4.30pm most days. To make your party one to remember we can also recommend a local caterer who specialises in bespoke parties for children and adults.
The charge for hiring a space includes a minimum staffing allocation; further staffing support can be requested and would incur additional charges.
Polka offers preferential hire rates for not-for-profit organisations, and community groups based in the borough of Merton.
Click here to download a full schedule of our current rates for the Main Theatre and for the Adventure Theatre.
Enquiries and Bookings
For availability enquiries or to make a booking, please contact Chloe Perry, Head of Operations on 020 8545 8334 or email email@example.com
Our Cafe provides Children’s Tea Parties both before and after our performances. These are an ideal way to add that extra special element to your parties at Polka. The parties are an hour long and will be in a reserved area of the building. You will have a dedicated member of cafe staff and party bags; the food menu is available here
Prices for ticket holders
We give priority booking to groups who are attending one of our theatre productions or workshops. For groups of up to 18 children the cost is £7.50 per child plus £5 none refundable deposit and for groups of 18-40 the cost is £7.50 per child and £15 none refundable deposit. Additional time will incur an additional charge.
Prices for non ticket holders
If you are not coming to see a show at Polka it may also be possible to book for a Birthday Tea Party for your celebration. For groups of up to 18 children the cost is £7.50 per child plus £15 none refundable deposit and for groups of 18-40 the cost is £7.50 per child and £25 none refundable deposit. Additional time will incur an additional charge.
To book a Cafe Children's Tea Party please contact Maxine on 0208 545 8330 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively should you just wish to hire a room to organise your own celebration our Annexe space may be ideal for your, so please see the details and rates above.