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A new theatre in the Jerwood Gallery at the Natural History Museum will be unveiled for the European premiere of award-winning drama The Wider Earth. The play, about the story of a young Charles Darwin, will then run for a limited season.

Join the 22-year-old Darwin on HMS Beagle's daring voyage to the far side of the world, and discover the gripping story behind one of the most important discoveries in history. 

The Wider Earth features a cast of seven, remarkable puppetry, an original score and cinematic animations to bring to life uncharted landscapes in the theatrical event of 2018.

This is a partnership project between Trish Wadley Productions, Dead Puppet Society and the Natural History Museum.

The Wider Earth reviews

18 reviews
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22 Feb 2019

The stage set was clever but depended on the audience being able to see the set. The front rows were blocked by the high fitting which changes to make the Ship, the rocks etc but also blocked the background scene. Obviously the new from the raked seats at the back.

Charles and Ema
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10 Feb 2019

This was one of the most creative, resourceful and breathtaking plays we have seen. The acting created 3 dimensional characters that you could imagine and it was a joy too see young Darwin portrayed as curious and cheeky. The revolving stage was an ingenius way of portraying different scenes on a small stage without it feeling cramped. The puppetry was fascinating and beautiful Would reccomend it to anyone!!

Stephen Barnard
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9 Feb 2019

A very magical, and ingenious show. Very clever use of a simple set, that revolves and becomes different spaces. The back projections are inspired, and the whole evening a visual delight. Stunning animal and bird puppets, operated by actors who obviously have an affinity with them. A fast moving story with many dimensions, and very well acted with a competent cast. If you want to feel inspired, and uplifted it's definitely a show to see. For me it was enhanced by having a mostly adult audience. A perfect evening. One word of advise.....The tickets that I purchased didn't tell you that the entrance to the theatre is not at the main museum entrance. You may need to allow extra time to find the venue.

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26 Jan 2019

I absolutely loved every minute... an amazing experience and beautifully crafted. I don’t want to spoil any part of this for anyone who gets to see the performance so won’t say too much...

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25 Jan 2019



Access Information

There is step free access to the venue for all matinee performances, and a lift available for evenings.

Cancellation Policy

No refunds are available after purchase.


Act I: 55 minutes

Interval: 20 minutes

Act II: 55 minutes

General Conditions

There are designated 'latecomer points' during both Acts of The Wider Earth.  Latecomers and readmission may involve a wait.

Good To Know

By Tube

The nearest Tube station is South Kensington on the District, Piccadilly and Circle lines. The station is approximately five minutes’ walk from the Museum's Exhibition Road entrance.

Gloucester Road station also services the above Tube lines and is approximately 5 minutes' walk from the Queen's Gate entrance.

By bus

Routes 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414, 430 and C1 stop close to the Museum.  

By bicycle

There are cycle racks on Exhibition Road. The nearest Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations are outside our Exhibition Road entrance and on Thurloe Place, near South Kensington Tube station.


How to get into The Wider Earth

The Museum has three entrances, on Cromwell Road or Exhibition Road for matinees. For evening performances, patrons must enter the museum via the Queen’s Gate entrance only.


Suitable For Children

The show is recommended for 10 years and over, however the puppetry and visual elements will appeal to younger people, but some of the Scientific content may go above their heads.

  • Please note this production contains strobe lighting and loud noises.

When Can I Go

From Tuesday 2nd October to Sunday 24th February.


Monday - No Performances

Tuesday - (excl 11 Dec when the performance is 2.30pm)

Wednesday - 7.30pm (excl 23 Nov when the performance is 2.30pm. Additional 2.30pm matinee 22nd October)

Thursday - 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Friday - 7.30pm (excluding 2 and 30 November). Additional 2.30pm performance on 2,9,30 November and 28 December. 

Saturday - 2.30pm and 7.30pm (No 7.30pm performance on 13,27 October, 10 November, 1 December)

Sunday - 2.30pm

The Natural History Museum is closed from Mon 24 to Wed 26 December inclusive. 

Where Do I Go

Natural History Museum

Cromwell Road