The Wider Earth



Before Darwin changed the world, one voyage changed his life.

★ ★ ★ ★ 'A family-friendly account of Darwin’s five-year voyage on HMS Beagle' - Evening Standard

★ ★ ★ ★  'A beautiful event – visually amazing ' – Mail on Sunday

'An engrossing spectacle. Visually terrific' – The Guardian

A new theatre at the Natural History Museum has been unveiled for the award-winning drama The Wider Earth.

Join 22-year-old Charles 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 is a partnership project between Trish Wadley Productions, Dead Puppet Society, Glass Half Full Productions in association with Queensland Theatre and the Natural History Museum.

  • 13 October 2018 - 24 February 2019 

  • South Kensington

  • £19.50-£79.50

    Free for children when paired with a paying adult. Restricted to certain ticket types. See the booking website for full terms and conditions.

Discount Member tickets

Members can purchase discount tickets for this event. Please bring your membership card with you to the event. Not a Member? Join today.

Images © Mark Douet.

Important information

The show lasts approximately two hours and ten minutes, including one interval.

Photography and filming of any kind are not permitted.

Latecomers will be admitted at a suitable point during the performance. It may not always be possible to readmit patrons who leave the auditorium.

The show is suitable for children aged eight and over. The puppetry and visual elements will appeal to younger people, but some of the scientific content may go over their heads.

There is not a cloakroom on site during evening performances. Audience members will need to keep all belongings with them, and store them under their seat if necessary. For this reason, bags that do not fit comfortably under a single seat will not be permitted. All bags may be subject to searches by security. 

The theatre is fully accessible using a lift from the Queens Gate entrance, or for the matinee performances, from the Cromwell Road entrance with no lift. Row F is step free.

For bookings with specific requirements: You can book online or by calling 0333 320 1663 (please select option 1).

Discount Patron tickets

Patrons can purchase discount tickets for this event. Please contact the Patrons’ office to receive your Patron discount code.

Getting here

The nearest Tube station is South Kensington on the District, Piccadilly and Circle lines. 

The Natural History Museum has three entrances, on Cromwell Road, Exhibition Road and Queen's Gate. For matinee performances, patrons can enter the Museum through the Cromwell Road and Exhibition Road entrances. For evening performances, patrons must enter the museum via the Queen’s Gate entrance only.

Darwin at the Museum

Go behind the scenes and see specimens collected by Charles Darwin. Spirit Collection Tours at 13.30 on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays include extra Darwin highlights before the matinee of The Wider Earth.