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 feels right at home at the Natural History Museum, right on the doorstep of the institution’s monolithic Darwin Centre. Check out the trailer below:
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.
Now The Wider Earth is gearing up for a special gala performance on Tuesday 12 Februry. Hosted by Julia Bradbury, and in the presence of HRH the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the gala performance will be held to commemorate Charles Darwin’s 210th birthday, and will support The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and the production’s official charitable partner The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.
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 is an unrivalled theatrical event.