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Dame Judi Dench will join Polka Theatre as new patron

Multi award-winning stage and screen icon Dame Judi Dench will join Polka Theatre as a new  patron alongside Jamael Westman,

Multi award-winning stage and screen icon Dame Judi Dench will join Polka Theatre as a new  patron alongside theatrical talent Jamael Westman, who currently plays Alexander Hamilton in  LA, having originated the role of in London’s West End. These two acclaimed performers will  work with Polka to champion theatre and creative learning for young audiences across the UK. 

Following a major £8.5million Future Polka redevelopment campaign, Polka Theatre will reopen  their doors this autumn with an enthralling programme of world class family theatre and  creative learning activities. The completely revitalised state-of-the-art venue will provide  unrivalled facilities for families and schools, including two auditoriums. The theatre seeks to  continually inspire young minds, school groups and families in and around the local community  and beyond, making theatre accessible for all.  

Dame Judi Dench comments, I am delighted to become a Patron for Polka Theatre. Just like  adults, children deserve the best theatre, and that is exactly what Polka does. I am incredibly  passionate about the wonderful, positive impact that theatre can have on our lives and it is so  important that starts from childhood. Theatre opens doors to new worlds, gives flight to  imagination and brings stories of all kinds to life. Polka inspires and brightens children’s lives,  rousing their imaginations to run wild. The new building will make sure Polka can keep making  extraordinary theatre so children can continue to dream in bright colours. It is a place where  children feel safe to be whoever they want to be, and most importantly it is open to every child  and family to experience and take part. 

Jamael Westman said, I’ll never forget the first time I came to Polka Theatre. I saw some of the  young people, explore, discover, and express themselves. It was palpably exciting and joyous.  Polka Theatre continues to offer a safe space to do all of those things, as it empowers young  people to then go out and be confident in themselves in all their wonderful individuality. Polka is 

at the forefront of that, and it’s why I’m honoured to be a Patron in support of our young people  in our community. 

Polka Theatre’s Executive Director and Joint CEO Lynette Shanbury adds, We are delighted to  announce our two brilliant new Patrons, at a very important moment for Polka as we begin to  re-open our doors following our incredible redevelopment. Both are such talented performers, as  well as being hugely passionate about the importance of theatre for children and young people.  It is inspiring for the children we work with to have such extraordinary role models join us.