Lost and Found

An illustration of a boy and a penguin in a small boat out at sea. Ice bergs are visible in the background. An illustration of a boy and a penguin in a small boat out at sea

13 Dec 2023 -
6 Jan 2024

The Hall, Factory International, Water Street, Manchester, M3 4JQ


Standard Tickets £15, £20, £25 
Affordable Tickets £7.50, £10, £12.50

We’re putting art in the heart of Manchester, within reach of everyone; and have affordable options including £10 tickets for those on limited incomes.

For information about who qualifies for £10 and affordable tickets, visit our Affordable Ticketing Policy page

For information on Access tickets and how to book Personal Assistant discounted tickets, visit our How to Book Access Tickets page

Age Guidance: Suitable for all ages.
Running time: 55 minutes

Book now

Accessibility features available for this event: Captioning Audio Description Relaxed Performance BSL Interpreting Wheelchair Access

Come with us on an epic journey to the South Pole as a boy tries to take a wandering penguin home, in this heart-warming adaptation of Oliver Jeffers’ award-winning children’s story.

‘Once there was a boy and one day he found a penguin at his door…’

But everyone knows penguins don’t belong in sleepy seaside towns, so what’s the boy to do? Find out where the lost penguin came from and take it home, of course.

Together they embark on an epic journey across the high seas all the way to the South Pole. Encountering many obstacles along the way, the boy realises what he’s really lost… and found.

This magical stage show of Oliver Jeffers’ Lost and Found has been adapted by renowned children’s TV and theatre producer Will Brenton. Original music composed by Gruff Rhys – who many will know as the guitarist and vocalist of Super Furry Animals as well as for his award-winning film and theatre scores – adds another layer to this moving story.

Featuring puppetry and video projections, a cast of characters that charm and delight, not to mention a gang of rowdy seagulls – expect to laugh and be moved by this touching tale. Full of surprises, you might even be called on to help out from time to time. What will you find?

Ticket information

Onsale dates

Members onsale: Wednesday 24 May, 10am

General onsale: Friday 26 May, 10am

To access priority booking as a Factory International member, please make sure you log into your account once you click through to the booking page.

For ticketing and box office related enquiries, please contact tickets@factoryinternational.org.

For more information please visit Ticketing and Sale of Goods Terms & Conditions – Factory International


Written by Oliver Jeffers

Adapted and Directed by Will Brenton

Music by Gruff Rhys

Set & Costume Designer, Jean Chan

Puppetry Director, Olly Taylor

Casting Consultant, Olivia Barr

Production Manager, Nigel Mousley

Access information

The event takes place in the Hall at Factory International's new building. The full address of the venue is Factory International, Water Street, Manchester M3 4JQ.

What3words is:



We're a new purpose-built cultural space in the heart of Manchester. The entrance to our building is through double glass doors. There are automatic doors at both entrances.

Once inside, there is step-free access to all areas of the venue. You will arrive into the Social, a large public space where there are a range of seats (including those with arms), a bar and toilets (including accessible toilets and a Changing Places facility).

The bars in the Social and Hall Foyer have lowered accessible service points.

The Hall entrance is by lift, escalator or stairs from one side of the Social beside the brick arches.

There are accessible toilets on all public levels of the building.

Accessible toilets (a mixture of wheelchair accessible cubicles with right- or left-hand transfer as well as accessible ambulant cubicles with grab rails) are located in the brick arches in the Social, where there is also a Changing Places facility.

There are additional accessible toilets located in both Hall Foyers.

You do not need a key to use the accessible toilets at our building.

If you need to bring an assistance dog to this event, please contact access@factoryinternational.org

Accessible ticketing can be booked online and via email and phone for this event.

Below is an overview of access booking information:

Online booking: How to book Access and PA Tickets

Email Address: access@factoryinternational.org

Phone number: 0161 817 4531 (phone lines are open 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)

There is a captioned performance of Lost and Found on Thursday 21 December at 3pm.

There is an audio-described performance of Lost and Found on Saturday 23 December at 4pm.

There is a relaxed performance of Lost and Found on Thursday 28 December at 3pm.

There is a BSL-interpreted performance of Lost and Found on Thursday 4 January at 11am.

Travel information

The building can be approached along Water Street (coming from Quay Street) or along Liverpool Road (coming from Deansgate or Castlefield).

The Water Street route is the quickest way to arrive at our City Square entrance.

Our closest stations are:

Salford Central station: 0.4 miles

Deansgate station and Deansgate-Castlefield tram: 0.6 miles

St Peter’s Square tram: 0.6 miles

Manchester Victoria station is approximately one mile from Factory International

Manchester Piccadilly station is approximately 1.3 miles from Factory International

Click on the links above to find detailed access information for each station.

Free bus services stop at all city-centre stations, and near to the Factory International building along Deansgate, Bridge St and Quay St. Buses on these free routes are wheelchair accessible. For full details of the free bus routes, please visit the TfGM website.

There is a car park approximately 0.6 miles from the event entrance at Water Street Car Park, New Elm Rd, Manchester, M3 4JH.

There is also a NCP car park (Manchester Spinningfields) approximately 0.5 miles away from the venue at Spinningfields, New Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3BE. It has 35 accessible bays.

There are a small number of Blue Badge spaces along Water St and Quay St. Otherwise head towards Liverpool Road, Great John St and Lower Byrom St – close to our neighbours, the Science and Industry Museum where there are a small number of additional Blue Badge spaces.

For a list of other parking bays available in the area, visit Manchester City Council website.

Related content

Sign up ↓