The Wider Earth



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

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.

  • 13 October-30 December 

  • Previews: 2-12 October

  • South Kensington

  • £17.50-£79.50

Discount Member tickets

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All images ©Prudence Upton.

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.

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 ten 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).