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.

Arrietty 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, Arrietty 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 Arrietty and her family embark on an action-packed journey to find somewhere new to call home.

Running time: approx. 2 hours (including interval)

A Polka Theatre production 

★★★★★ ‘rollicking, rough-and- tumble, laugh-a- minute, adventure’ LondonTheatre1

★★★★ ‘This production reinvigorates a classic children’s story as a parable for the times‘ The Upcoming

‘an enchanting adaption of the classic book’ Children’s Theatre Reviews

Ticket Prices

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

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

GROUP DISCOUNT on full-price tickets
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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


Charlotte Dubery
Troy Glasgow
Amanda Gordon
Will Howard
Emma Keele
Phil Yarrow


Charles Way Adaptor
Lee Lyford Director
Verity Quinn Designer
Dan Saggars Lighting Designer
Paul Dodgson Composer/Sound Designer
Jimmy Grimes Puppetry Designer


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

For more details on access click here

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

You can listen to our Audio Description below:

Watch our BSL video to explain the story of The Borrowers and gain a brief insight into the show. You will also learn about what to expect when coming to watch a signed performance at the theatre.

Schools Resources

A  teacher resource pack based on The Borrowers is   available here to download for free. This pack focuses primarily on creative, practical drama activities and literacy exercises that support the development of language and communication.

Download The Borrowers Activity Pack

Dates & Times

Please select your preferred date and performance:

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