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.

The Wider Earth running time: 
2 hours 10 minutes
1 video 11 images
10+. 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

Jerwood Gallery at the Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD
Nearest tube:
South Kensington

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For the very first time, a theatre space has popped up inside one of the country’s grandest buildings: the Natural History Museum. Nestled between artefacts and exhibits is a new auditorium inside the versatile Jerwood Gallery, The Wider Earth takes us through the humble beginnings of one of the world’s greatest ever thinkers: Charles Darwin.

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The Wider Earth extends run at the Natural History Museum
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Charles Darwin play The Wider Earth has extended its run at the Natural History Museum, where it is currently playing at the custom-built theatre in the Jerwood Gallery. The production tells the story of Darwin at the age of 22, as he sets off on his maiden voyage on the HMS Beagle. During this voyage of epic discovery, Darwin discovers animals and wildlife that are brought to life with the use of 30 hand-crafted puppets. The Wider Earth will now play at the Natural History Museum until 24th February 2019.

Interview - Bradley Foster on playing a young Charles Darwin in The Wider Earth
Friday, October 12, 2018

New theatres pop up all the time around the capital, but this autumn, a very special production is running in one of the country’s most-visited tourist attractions. The Wider Earth follows the first voyage of a young Charles Darwin, and is being staged at the Jerwood Gallery at the Natural History Museum, aptly situated just beside the Darwin Centre.

The Wider Earth puppets
Meet the amazing puppets of The Wider Earth at the Natural History Museum
Thursday, October 4, 2018

A brand new theatre space is set to open this month at the Natural History Museum, telling the story of Charles Darwin’s maiden voyage. The Wider Earth, devised by Dead Puppet Society, use an intricate design and assembly system to bring to life a huge array of species from around the world, from giant tortoises to flightless cormorant, to armadillos.

Cast of The Wider Earth
Casting announced for The Wider Earth at the Natural History Museum
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Full casting has been announced for the upcoming innovative production at the Natural History Museum, which will chart Charles Darwin’s maiden voyage on the HMS Beagle. The Wider Earth will take place in a theatre space at London’s fourth most visited museum, and uses a wide array of puppets to tell the story of the trip, which was Darwin’s first aged 22, and bring the many animals and creatures that inspired his revolutionary theories to life.

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