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A fabulous adventure based on the famous books by Mary Norton. Meet the Borrowers, tiny people who live beneath the floorboards and follow their heart-stopping journey across the land of Giants to find a new home. Driven out by the evil Mrs Driver they encounter many new dangers in the countryside. There's also the mysterious 'Spiller', the unpredictable gypsies and their long lost relatives to find. After many hardships, thrills and spills, the little family's story reaches a truly joyous conclusion. Here is an innovative production in true Polka style that uses all manner of theatrical devices to make the imagination work and delight its audience.

Book by Mary Norton.

Archive listings for The Borrowers

Work type: Kids show.


Adapted by Bryony Lavery. Director Kate Posner. Design Rhys Jarman.
13 Jul 19 to 25 Aug 19Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester :: V1214984677
listing details L0724802316


Producer Tobacco Factory Theatre. Adapted by Bea Roberts. Director Nik Partridge. Design Rosanna Vize. Music David Ridley. Musical Director David Ridley.
29 Nov 18 to 13 Jan 19The Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol :: V1384579886
listing details L01574072649


Company OnSet. Adapted by Teresa Heskins. Director Lee Lyford.
8 Mar 18 to 12 Mar 18Theatre Royal, Bath :: V854
listing details L1331716203


Producer The Watermill. Adapted by Theresa Heskins. Director Paul Hart. Design Toots Butcher. Lighting George Seal. Sound David Gregory. Music Tarek Merchant. Director Tom Jackson Greaves (movement director). Performer Anna Fordham (Rich William/Eggletina). Performer Frazer Hadfield (Boy). Performer Natasha Karp (Mrs Driver). Performer Ed MacArthur (Crampfurl/Spiller). Performer Nenda Neurer (Arrietty). Performer Matthew Romain (Pod). Performer Charlotte Workman (Homily).
16 Nov 17 to 31 Dec 17The Watermill Theatre, Newbury :: V733
listing details L1172435004


Producer Polka Theatre. Adapted by Charles Way.
16 Jun 17 to 20 Aug 17Polka Theatre for Children, Outer London :: V324
listing details L0360174410


25 Nov 16 to 31 Dec 16Sherman Theatre, Cardiff :: V824
listing details L01711959779


A musicalCompany Act Three (Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre). Adapted by Theresa Heskins. Music James Atherton. Director Lucy Betts. Musical Director David Perkins.
8 Dec 16 to 10 Dec 16Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford :: V702
listing details L602103338


Producer New Vic.
22 Nov 14 to 31 Jan 15New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme :: V119
listing details L0381280874


Producer Northern Stage.
3 Dec 12 to 29 Dec 12Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne :: V568
listing details L477780795


Presented with the permission of The deFaria CompanyProducer Nuffield Theatre. Adapted by Charles Way. Director Patrick Sandford. Design Fabrice Serafino. Lighting Jenny Cane. Sound Rob Jones. Performer Julia Hill (Julia Hill (Homily). Performer David Alcock (Pod). Performer Eleanor Yates (Arriety). Performer Nicola Blackman (Mrs Driver). Performer Matt Devereaux (Crampfurl). Performer Oliver Hoare (The Boy/Spiller). Performer James Laurence Hunter (Gypsy Boy/The Wasp).
24 Nov 11 to 8 Jan 12NST Campus, Southampton :: V776
listing details L0326770077


Company Dreamshed Theatre Company.
21 Dec 11 to 2 Jan 12Playhouse Theatre, Cheltenham :: V92
listing details L397135431


Producer MAC Productions. Adapted by Janine Sharp. Director Malachi Bogdanov.
17 Nov 07 to 6 Jan 08mac birmingham - Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham :: V146
listing details L2126786308


Company Wakefield Little Theatre.
4 Mar 06 to 5 Mar 06Theatre Royal Wakefield, Wakefield :: V979
listing details L0229461711
6 Jul 05 to 9 Jul 05Theatre Royal Wakefield, Wakefield :: V979
listing details L1219944695


Age 5-11Company Snap Theatre Company. Adapted by Andy Graham. Director Andy Graham. Design Sophia Lovell.
31 Mar 05 to 1 Apr 05New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich :: V81
listing details L582508763
29 Mar 05 to 30 Mar 05Castle Theatre, Wellingborough :: V465
listing details L805813295
23 Mar 05 to 25 Mar 05Civic Theatre, Chelmsford :: V32
listing details L0845913466
19 Mar 05Camberley Theatre (previously Artslink), Camberley :: V698
listing details L01307151414
13 Mar 05The Maltings, Berwick-on-Tweed :: V986
listing details L1170788700
5 Mar 05Broadway Theatre, Outer London :: V298
listing details L2133653907
2 Mar 05Middlesbrough Theatre, Middlesbrough :: V0895700786
listing details L01982222419
27 Feb 05 to 28 Feb 05Grand Theatre, Lancaster :: V521
listing details L1417934456
17 Feb 05The Core (formerly the Library Theatre Arts Complex), Solihull :: V157
listing details L1759831916
14 Feb 05 to 16 Feb 05Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe :: V749
listing details L442967548
8 Feb 05 to 12 Feb 05Guild Hall and Charter Theatre, Preston :: V524
listing details L0958778257
3 Feb 05 to 5 Feb 05Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury :: V99
listing details L2080141581
31 Jan 05 to 2 Feb 05Octagon Theatre, Yeovil :: V919
listing details L0285459064
29 Jan 05Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury :: V673
listing details L01568963825
20 Dec 04 to 22 Dec 04Mumford Theatre, Cambridge :: V22
listing details L179701260
16 Dec 04 to 18 Dec 04Guildhall Theatre, Derby :: V994
listing details L01965498733
2 Dec 04 to 4 Dec 04Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield :: V425
listing details L0666943879
21 Nov 04Oakengates Theatre at The Place, Telford :: V110
listing details L161643780
18 Nov 04Waterside Arts Centre, Sale :: V0383692381
listing details L914929734
15 Nov 04 to 17 Nov 04Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton :: V160
listing details L01920522748
7 Nov 04Arts Centre, Aberystwyth :: V817
listing details L1293806897
28 Oct 04Corn Exchange, Newbury :: V732
listing details L380358908
27 Oct 04Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead :: V1294444431
listing details L0257440947
26 Oct 04Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks :: V688
listing details L1614372151


Age 5-11 yearsAdapted by Andy Graham. Company Larger Than Life Theatre Production. Director Andy Graham.
4 Jan 05Hafren (formerly Theatre Hafren), Newtown :: V852
listing details L437096236
22 Oct 04 to 23 Oct 04Millfield Theatre, Outer London :: V316
listing details L482475841


Producer Citizens Theatre. Adapted by Lynn robertson Hay. Director Jeremy Raison. Design Kenny Miller. Music Chris Adams. Choreographer Jane Howie.
26 Nov 04 to 31 Dec 04Citizens Theatre, Glasgow :: V611
listing details L01719736321


Company Sherman Theatre Company. Adapted by Charles Way. Director Phil Clark. Director Paula Gardiner. Design Sean Crowley. Lighting Ceri James.
21 Nov 03 to 10 Jan 04Sherman Theatre, Cardiff :: V824
listing details L06706941


Company Jakes Ladder. Adapted by Steve Eaton Evans. Director Steve Eaton Evans. Design Sarah Oxley. Costume Sarah Oxley. Lighting Stuart Myles. Director Gill Bough (music). Sound Damian Bennett.
5 Jun 02 to 8 Jun 02Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne :: V570
listing details L164666598


WebsiteCompany Watershed Productions (in association with the Library Theatre Company Manchester). Adapted by Charles Way. Director Chris Wallis. Design Judith Croft.
21 May 02 to 25 May 02Kings Theatre Portsmouth, Southsea :: V780
listing details L1360533460
15 May 02 to 18 May 02Theatre Royal, Norwich :: V72
listing details L1788306258
8 May 02 to 11 May 02Venue Cymru (formerly - North Wales Theatre), Llandudno :: V848
listing details L0374753793
1 May 02 to 4 May 02Gala Theatre, Durham :: V0146218420
listing details L01352691166
23 Apr 02 to 27 Apr 02Grand Opera House, Belfast :: V548
listing details L544842665
17 Apr 02 to 20 Apr 02Malvern Theatres, Malvern :: V01718852442
listing details L01392778424
10 Apr 02 to 13 Apr 02King's Theatre, Edinburgh :: V601
listing details L206515139
3 Apr 02 to 6 Apr 02Theatre Royal, Nottingham :: V462
listing details L1855480162
27 Mar 02 to 30 Mar 02New Wimbledon Theatre, Outer London :: V341
listing details L1592715948
22 Mar 02 to 24 Mar 02Arts Theatre, Cambridge :: V19
listing details L01312918819
13 Mar 02 to 16 Mar 02Alhambra Theatre, Bradford :: V965
listing details L1771964289
6 Mar 02 to 9 Mar 02Jersey Opera House, St Helier :: V869
listing details L1488298876
27 Feb 02 to 2 Mar 02Lyceum Theatre, Crewe :: V470
listing details L1014112583
19 Feb 02 to 23 Feb 02The Orchard, Dartford :: V677
listing details L835676711
12 Feb 02 to 16 Feb 02The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
listing details L1364096730
5 Feb 02 to 9 Feb 02Cork Opera House, Cork :: V831326450
listing details L01181431778
30 Jan 02 to 2 Feb 02Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield :: V962
listing details L1687306003


Company Jakes Ladder. Adapted by Steve Eaton Evans. Director Steve Eaton Evans. Design Sarah Oxley. Costume Sarah Oxley. Lighting Stuart Myles. Director Gill Bough (music). Sound Damian Bennett. Performer Jane Tamblyn. Performer John Talbot. Performer Polly March. Performer Sue Wylie. Performer Tim Goodwright. Performer Tom McDonald. Performer Eleanor Storey. Performer Mike Royals. Performer Colin Kilpatrick. Performer Simon Wingrove. Performer Paul Sykes. Performer Alan Mash. Performer Pete Edwins. Performer Jake Evans. Performer Sarah Rayner. Performer Catherine Smith. Performer Jane Royals.
18 Dec 01 to 22 Dec 01Kingswood School, Bath :: V0273857855
listing details L01858094389
11 Dec 01 to 15 Dec 01General, General :: V01330944710
listing details L906886805
29 Nov 01 to 8 Dec 01Bryanston Arts Centre, Blandford Forum :: V913
listing details L1428248006


Company Watershed Productions (in association with the Library Theatre Company Manchester). Adapted by Charles Way. Director Roger Haines.
31 Jul 01 to 4 Aug 01Grand Theatre and Opera House, Leeds :: V975
listing details L0592009933
25 Jul 01 to 28 Jul 01Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea :: V42
listing details L1291850123
18 Jul 01 to 21 Jul 01The Playhouse, Oxford :: V803
listing details L173079234
11 Jul 01 to 14 Jul 01Darlington Hippodrome (formerly Civic Theatre), Darlington :: V562
listing details L01676755611
19 Jun 01 to 23 Jun 01Liverpool Playhouse, Liverpool :: V536
listing details L069350854
30 May 01 to 2 Jun 01Haymarket Theatre, Leicester :: V431
listing details L0352892437
23 May 01 to 26 May 01Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne :: V665
listing details L1219359379
3 Apr 01 to 7 Apr 01Hull New Theatre, Hull :: V934
listing details L0573831044
27 Feb 01 to 3 Mar 01Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate :: V942
listing details L1952459275
6 Feb 01 to 10 Feb 01Key Theatre, Peterborough :: V27
listing details L02548545
25 Jan 01 to 27 Jan 01Theatre Royal, Glasgow :: V623
listing details L0943764772


Company Watershed Productions. Company Library Theatre Company. Adapted by Charles Way. Director Roger Haines.
26 Jun 01 to 30 Jun 01Grand Theatre, Swansea :: V831
listing details L646925088
12 Jun 01 to 16 Jun 01Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry :: V156
listing details L1231226197
5 Jun 01 to 9 Jun 01Guild Hall and Charter Theatre, Preston :: V524
listing details L0391916418
28 Mar 01 to 31 Mar 01Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury :: V674
listing details L01126939964
20 Mar 01 to 24 Mar 01Theatr Clwyd, Mold :: V810
listing details L01737251102
20 Feb 01 to 24 Feb 01Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe :: V749
listing details L464146473
14 Feb 01 to 17 Feb 01The Hawth, Crawley :: V720
listing details L01392767128
30 Jan 01 to 3 Feb 01The Hexagon, Reading :: V734
listing details L2070469776


Company Library Theatre Company. Adapted by Charles Way. Director Roger Haines.
1 Dec 00 to 20 Jan 01Home Theatre, Manchester :: V1858052535
listing details L01997037901


Web siteDirector Vicky Ireland. Design Alex Bunn. Music Richard Taylor. Adapted by Charles Way. Performer Ben Porter. Performer Anita Elias. Performer Oliver Jackson. Performer Rosalind Paul. Performer Lesley Stone. Performer Richard Tate.
18 Nov 99 to 5 Feb 00Polka Theatre for Children, Outer London :: V324
listing details L1520319984

Other listings

19 Dec 14 to 3 Jan 15The Maddermarket, Norwich :: V71
listing details L559226652
18 Nov 08 to 22 Nov 08The Carriageworks, Leeds :: V1666392263
listing details L1094810346
30 Nov 07 to 12 Jan 08The Theatre By The Lake, Keswick :: V7
listing details L1499150131
6 Dec 06 to 6 Jan 07Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke :: V764
listing details L967873631
25 Feb 06 to 27 Feb 06Town Hall, Loughborough :: V02111941779
listing details L01832172714
23 Dec 02 to 11 Jan 03Leeds Playhouse (formerly West Yorkshire Playhouse), Leeds :: V977
listing details L973942444
16 Apr 01 to 21 Apr 01Fairfield Halls, Outer London :: V295
listing details L01771754399
10 Apr 01 to 14 Apr 01Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham :: V90
listing details L1277833929

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