The Borrowers

An extraordinary adventure of epic proportions

16 Jun - 20 Aug

Main Stage Ages
5 - 11

A Play by Charles Way
Based on the book by Mary Norton 

The timeless classic bursts onto Polka’s Main Stage this summer with dazzling puppetry, original music, stunning design and plenty of suspense.

Arietty has lived her whole life deep beneath the floorboards, dreaming of the great outdoors. When her father Pod finally brings her upstairs to learn the tricks of borrowing, Arietty meets a human boy. But their friendship risks everything and the ‘human beans’ soon discover the borrowers’ secret world… it’s time to escape!

Join us for a fantastical adventure as the heroic Arietty and her family embark on an action-packed journey to find somewhere new to call home.

Running time: approx. 1 hour 45 minutes (including interval)

A Polka Theatre production 

Ticket Prices & Offers

Tickets £15 | Concessions £10
£1.50 transaction charge per booking

School tickets: £10 each
Plus one free teacher/adult ticket for every 10 students

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Age Policy

Recommended for ages 5 – 11. Click to read Age Policy
All Ages Welcome performances are available so you can bring younger siblings. Children under the age of 4 will only be admitted to All Ages Welcome shows.

Cast & Creative

Charles Way Adaptor 
Lee Lyford Director 


Relaxed Performance: Sat 15 Jul, 11am
BSL interpreted performance: Sat 15 Jul, 2:30pm
Audio Described Performance: Sat 22 Jul, 2:30pm

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For more information and to book accessible performances and access concessions please call the Box Office on 20 8543 4888 or email

Dates & Times

Please select your preferred date and performance:

Jun 2017
Jul 2017