The Wider Earth


The Wider Earth is now closed.

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

The production told the story of a 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 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.

★ ★ ★ ★ '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

  • 13 October 2018 - 24 February 2019 

  • South Kensington

Darwin at the Museum

Go behind the scenes and see specimens collected by Charles Darwin on his Beagle voyage.

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).