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The Wider Earth


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.

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




Natural History Museum

Latest customer reviews

  • Great show

    20 January 2019

    Well acted dramatisation of HMS Beagle with ingenious animal puppetry.

    Duncan Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • wider earth

    11 January 2019


    susan king Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Wonderful production!

    28 December 2018

    Such a clever production, a simple stage set, but what amazing effects! Beautiful puppetry and so thought provoking. We learned so much and have talked about it constantly.

    PC Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Christmas at Natural History Museum - The Wider Earth

    10 December 2018

    It was a treat like no other. We took our family ages ranging from 72 to 8 years. We were all entranced by the setting, the ideas, and the visual effects. Well worth booking.

    Erica Confirmed ticket purchaser