We chat to the star behind music and lyrics as the hit musical prepares to transfer.
Set to be housed in a brand new theatre built into the Jerwood Gallery at the Natural History Museum, The Wider Earth tells the story of a young Charles Darwin as he sets out on a voyage of discovery aboard the HMS Beagle.
This European premiere of the award-winning drama will feel right at home at the Natural History Museum, right on the doorstep of the institution’s monolithic Darwin Centre.
Telling the story of a 22-year-old Darwin aboard the Beagle’s second voyage, The Wider Earth explores the daring expedition to the far side of the world, where Darwin researched geology, natural history, ethnology and – ultimately – one of the most important discoveries in history.
The Wider Earth is presented by a partnership between Trish Wadley Productions, Dead Puppet Society and the Natural History Museum, incorporating science and history into a gripping story of discovery and adventure.
The cast of seven actors includes puppeteers moving remarkable creatures onstage alongside an original score and cinematic animations that bring to life uncharted landscapes in what promises to be the theatrical event of 2018.
In advance of the production opening in October, fans can get a glimpse of the puppets in action. Currently being rebuilt in the Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museums, patrons can pop in to the puppetry workshop and speaks with the puppeteers and designers about the incredible creations and the stunning, original new production.
Tickets for The Wider Earth are on sale now. Get yours through Ticketmaster.co.uk