Peter Glanville, currently artistic director/chief executive at the Little Angel Theatre in Islington, has been appointed as the new artistic director of Polka Theatre in Wimbledon.
Glanville will replace Jonathan Lloyd, who has run the children’s theatre company for seven years. Glanville has himself run The Little Angel Theatre, specialising in puppetry, for the last eight years. He will start in his new role in November.
He said: “I feel very privileged to have been offered the position of artistic director at Polka Theatre. The company has a great history and I’m looking forward to the prospect of continuing to raise its profile in the future with ground-breaking world-class theatre for children.”
At Little Angel, Glanville directed productions including Carol Ann Duffy’s The Tear Thief, Michael Rosen’s We’re Going on a Bear Hunt as well as the early years opera Skitterbang Island (co-produced with Polka) and The Tempest (co-produced with the Royal Shakespeare Company).
Prior to joining Little Angel Theatre, Peter directed more than 40 productions and installations for Kazzum, a company he founded in 1989.
Speaking of his time at Little Angel, Glanville added: “I am very proud of what has been achieved during my tenure as artistic director over the past eight years. In addition to memorable productions with the RSC, Kneehigh and the Royal Exchange, we have developed a comprehensive professional development programme, extended the range of participatory activities for all ages, set up a touring department and created the Suspense Festival. None of this would have been possible without the incredible support I have received from everyone across the company and the sector.
“I have also had the opportunity to work with some of the greatest puppeteers and puppet maker/designers in the country and I know this will continue to inform and develop my work as a theatre director in future.”
Polka executive director Stephen Midlane said: “I am very excited at the prospect of working with Peter. He is no stranger to Polka having regularly brought productions to the theatre and collaborated on past co-productions in his previous roles as artistic director at Kazzum and Little Angel. He has a fine track record of producing excellent quality work for children throughout his career and of realising high ambitions for the companies he leads, and of realising high ambitions for the companies he leads, and he is therefore well placed to fulfil the bold plans that Polka has set itself for the future.”