The Wider Earth
Witness the fantastic story of a 22-year-old Charles Darwin as he sets sail on the HMS Beagle. Experience the struggles of a young scientist who battles against orthodox religious institutions in this uniquely realistic tale presented brilliantly at the National History Museum.
Why Watch The Wider Earth
Featuring a select cast of seven, The Wider Earth uses excellent puppetry, a completely original score and wonderful cinematic animations in the show. It uses puppetry techniques to bring the natural environment to life. You can find everything from fireflies, tortoises, armadillos, and cormorants to an enormous fossilized seashell. Moreover, there are captivating visuals and artistic projections, courtesy of the talented Justin Harrison. These make you feel like you’ve actually set foot on the shores of Tierra del Fuego or the Galápagos Islands.
The Wider Earth follows the story of a young Charles Darwin as he begins his voyage on the HMS Beagle to the other side of the world. It tells the tale of Darwin’s 5-year long voyage and how he conceptualized the theory of evolution. The show doesn’t add unnecessary drama and is more geared towards providing useful information. You will get glimpses of the conversations and arguments between Charles Darwin and the captain of the ship, covering various topics such as colonialism, slavery, and religion. However, the story still places prime focus on how Darwin single-handedly battled orthodox faith in an era where the dispute between science and religion were stronger than ever.
Science Buffs | Nature Lovers | Audiences Interested in Puppetry | Young Audiences
“A voyage of extraordinary theatrical discovery ”
– Sydney Morning Herald
“Epic, with a sweeping score and a stunning visual richness ”
– Evening Standard
Know Before You Go
Recommended for ages 10 and above. Children under 10 years will not be permitted.
The Natural History Museum’s new theatre s has a seating capacity of 1653
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.
Strict Cancellation Policy
This experience cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled.
You will receive an email with your voucher. You may display your voucher on your mobile phone. Please carry a valid photo ID for identification.
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Rd, Kensington , London