The Lost Thing

The Lost Thing

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This musical reimagining of Shaun Tan’s beautifully illustrated book

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5 December 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“A child out beachcombing comes across a strange creature. Where does it come from? Is it lost and in need of comfort and help? But the child’s efforts to find out where the creature belongs are met by indifference in a busy world. Written by Shaun Tan, best known for the brilliant graphic novel The Arrival, this is a beautifully crafted story that should fit the wonderful Candoco dance company like a glove. The company who work with disabled and nondisabled dancers are teaming up with the Royal Opera to bring a diverse group of dancers, singers and musicians together to tell a touching story intended for family audiences that explores how we are all connected.”


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.

Sung in English

Age Recommendation: 6+

Critic reviews

An intriguing artistic collaboration cannot rise above the limitations of the material

The Stage

Disabled and non-disabled performers collaborate in this welcome but slow adaptation of Shaun Tan’s story about a boy who befriends a strange creature

The Guardian

Date & time

Show ended
Sat 7 Dec - Sat 4 Jan, 2.15pm & 7.15pm


Bow St, London WC2E 9DD London, UK · Get Directions

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