The Borrowers by Mary Norton

    • 29 Nov -
      20 Jan 2019
      29 Nov - 20 Jan 2019

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    Adapted for the stage by Bea Roberts
    Directed by Nik Partridge / Designer Rosanna Vize / Composer & Musical Director David Ridley / Lighting Designer Jess Bernberg / Circus Director Gwen Hales / Assistant Director Jenny Davies

    Eddie Simon Armstrong
    Pod Craig Edwards
    Arrietty Jessica Hayles
    Homily Peta Maurice
    Young Eddie David Ridley
    Musician/Performer Ellie Showering
    Mrs Driver Lucy Tuck

    Read our casting announcement for The Borrowers

    This Christmas we turn the Factory Theatre into a giant adventure playground to tell the charmingly irreverent story of The Borrowersbased on the much loved novel by Mary Norton.

    Below the floorboards of a large house in Bristol, we are plunged into the quirky, wonky, miniature world of young Arrietty and her family of Borrowers. Making use of anything and everything they find ‘upstairs’, from cotton buds to crisp packets, string to Subutteo players, the Borrowers are the original up-cyclers.

    However their quiet existence is torn apart by the arrival of a family of Human Beans and soon the quiet ticking of the grandfather clock is replaced by Hoovers, TVs and the sound of Tom Jones on the radio. Arrietty longs to see what life is like for the new family of giants and her friendship with the eight year old Eddie is the opportunity to do just that.

    With an original script by Bea Roberts (Little Mermaid, the egg) and directed by Nik Partridge (The New Adventures of Snow Mouse, Travelling Light), formerly Director in Residence at Tobacco Factory Theatres, this re-telling of a classic childhood favourite will set imaginations alight this

    Presented with the permission of The deFaria Company

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    The John Fernald Award (through Equity) is supporting Tobacco Factory Theatres and Nik Partridge as they stage this production

    The Garrick Charitable Trust is supporting the post of Assistant Director for The Borrowers

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    TICKETS From £12 (limited availability)
    Performances on Thu 29 November – Mon 03 December are previews.

    Due to unforeseen circumstances the performance advertised on Fri 21 December at 1pm has been cancelled


    *4 tickets including at least one child ticket
    (excludes Price Band C)

    MULTIBUYS Book 3 or more shows SAVE 15% and Book 5 or more shows SAVE 20%.

    Fri 14 December 7.30pm

    Wed 09 January 6pm & Thu 10 January 1pm
    Performances specially adapted to create a more welcoming atmosphere for audiences with additional needs.

    To request a Relaxed Performance Pack, with lots of useful information in advance of your visit, please contact


    11-14s Sat 08 & Sat 15 December 10am-5pm
    6-10s Sun 09 & Sun 16 December 10am–5pm
    Create a play in a day and perform in our Factory Theatre


    Business Club Members can get 2 for 1 tickets to the performances on Sun 02 December 6pm, Thu 03 January 7.30pm and Sun 06 January 6pm. Book early as this offer is subject to availability. To claim please quote your company promotion code over the phone or in person at the Box Office. Please bring proof of the company you work for.


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