The Lost Thing ©Pascal Campion

The Lost Thing

7 December 20194 January 2020
The performance lasts about 1 hour and 25 minutes, including one interval.
Linbury Theatre
Opera and music

What is it… and where does it belong? The discovery of something mysterious and out of place is the starting point for this new family show. Experience a musical reimagining of Shaun Tan’s beautifully illustrated book about a boy who helps a lost thing find its way home. In this enchanting collaboration between Candoco Dance Company and The Royal Opera, a cast of disabled and non-disabled singers, dancers and musicians, come together to tell a story about how we are all connected.

Suitable for ages 6+

The performances on 8 and 19 December will be filmed; there will be cameras in the auditorium.

Approximate running times
Part 1: 30 minutes
Interval : 20 minutes
Part 2: 35 minutes
Sung in English

Generous philanthropic support from

The Paul Hamlyn Education Fund.

The Schools Matinee performance on Thursday 12 December is generously supported by the Kan Family.

A co-production with:


Find out more about Candoco.

Based on the book by Shaun Tan

Produced by arrangement with

Hachette Australia Pty Ltd



CompanyThe Royal Opera and Candoco Dance Company

ComposerJules Maxwell

Director and choreographerBen Wright

Set and video designerWill Holt

Costume designerRike Zöllner

Lighting designerZerlina Hughes

AnimatorDouglas O'Connell

Music directorTimothy Burke

DramaturgJude Christian

Arrangement and orchestrationJules Maxwell and Timothy Burke


There is lift access from the main foyer to the Linbury Theatre Foyer. The entrances to the Linbury Theatre are from the Upper Circle level, and customers must descend to their seating area via stairs or a lift. Lift access to seating in the Linbury Theatre is from auditorium right only (right-hand entrance and on your right-hand side as you face the stage). We recommend seating on the right-hand side of the auditorium for those who require level access or minimal stairs. The left-hand side of the auditorium can involve many stairs. There are six wheelchair spaces in the Linbury Theatre. Find out more about accessing the Linbury Theatre.

Relaxed performances: The daytime performances on 15 December and 4 January will be modified to be more accessible for audience members with neurodiverse needs - including autism spectrum conditions or learning disabilities.

Visual Story: Download our Visual Story guide to The Lost Thing below.

British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted performances: A BSL interpreter will be integrated into the performance on 19 December and the daytime performance on 21 December.

Audio described performance with Touch Tour: available on the daytime performance on 29 December - please call +44 (0)20 7304 4000 or email to reserve a place on the Touch Tour.

All performances of The Lost Thing will be captioned. Speech and singing as well as descriptions of sound effects and music will be captioned on a panel above the stage. You can see the captioning most clearly from the centre seats of the Upper Circle and Circle levels in the theatre. Contact the box office to check your view of the captioning by emailing or telephoning +44 (0)20 7304 4000.

To find out more about accessible performances please visit our Access information page

For wheelchair space bookings please contact the Box Office on +44(0)20 7304 4000 or