Amanda Holden to support redevelopment of Polka Theatre as new patron

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Amanda Holden has been named a new patron of Polka Theatre.

She has been brought on board specifically to support the children’s theatre’s capital development scheme, Future Polka, which will begin next year. The redevelopment will include the UK’s first purpose-built ‘early years’ theatre, aimed at meeting increased demand for the venue’s shows for those under six.

It will also feature an on-site rehearsal studio, a new cafe and a redesigned outdoor play space.

Holden said: “Now more than ever we should encourage our children to lift their heads from digital entertainment and get out into the world. There is nowhere better for children to escape and have fun than the theatre.”

She added: “My girls and I love going to Polka Theatre. It’s special place just for children, where they can use their imagination, be creative and most importantly gain confidence, which is why the capital development is so important to enable Polka to continue the great work that it does.”

Holden joins Polka’s existing patrons, who include Alan Ayckbourn, Malorie Blackman, Kenneth Branagh, Gyles Brandreth and Sadiq Khan.

Polka artistic director Peter Glanville said the capital project would see Polka redeveloped for the first time since it opened in 1979.