Three Sat Under the Banyan Tree

Animal tales brought vibrantly to life with masks, movement and music

28 Sep - 21 Oct

Main Stage Ages
7 +

A Polka Theatre and Tara Arts Production
Based on The Panchatantra – India’s Aesop’s Fables

Written by Shamser Sinha

Near the foothills of the Himalayas, three orphans open a magical book under a Banyan tree. They were told the book wouldn’t give them answers but they’d learn from it, so they stir a pot of milk and watch as three stories of the forest rise from the pages. Stories of headstrong crows, a mongoose who wants a family, and a brave lion come vibrantly to life, with masks, movement and music.

Polka is delighted to be co-producing with Tara Arts the first-ever stage adaptation of The Panchatantra in the UK.

Running time  1 hour, 30 minutes (including interval)



‘The sounds of an exotic land enveloped us, we were spellbound’ – Mummy’s Gin Fund

‘Brings these tales vividly to life for those already acquainted, and those hearing them for the very first time’ – Children’s Theatre Reviews

‘This charming production was a treat to watch – we laughed, we learned and we most definitely loved it!’ – Curious Mum

Cast & Creative


Medhavi Patel  Yasmin (Lion story)
Raj Swamy  Mahendra (Mongoose story)
Rose-Marie Christian  Jayaben (Crow story)


Director Jatinder Verma
Designer Claudia Mayer
Composer/Sound Designer  James Hesford
Lighting Designer  Amy Mae


We are committed to making Polka accessible to everyone. We are offering the following access performances for Three Sat Under the Banyan Tree :

Relaxed Performance Sat 6 Oct, 12.30pm

Click here for the Three Sat Under the Banyan Tree Relaxed Pack

Ticket Prices

Adults & Children £13.50 | Concessions* £10| Previews £10
£1.50 transaction charge per booking

Schools: Tickets £10 | Previews £8.50  one free teacher/adult ticket for every 10 student tickets

*Concession rates are available to recipients of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Jobseekers Allowance. To book a concession ticket please call the Box Office on 020 8543 4888 (proof of status may be required)


Age Policy

Recommended for Ages 7+

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Dates & Times

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