The Wider Earth at the Natural History Museum
The Wider Earth is a grand voyage that will take audiences to wondrous places they’ve never been to before.
Join a young Charles Darwin as he leaves the UK for the first time, embarking on a five-year journey to circumnavigate the globe with the Royal Navy. The Wider Earth follows the story of an unknown 22-year-old as he goes on the adventure that would lead him to one of the most important scientific theories ever devised.
The amazing species that the young naturalist comes across as he explores far off lands are brought to life by ingenious puppetry. These beautifully crafted wooden creatures dance across the stage, creating a truly remarkable spectacle.
Each actor performs perfectly. All are a joy to watch and bring something marvellous to the show. Jack Parry-Jones provides explosive energy as the captain, Robert FitzRoy, Andrew Bridgmont as Reverend John Henslow is an inspirational force and Melissa Vaughan, as Emma Wedgwood – the future Mrs Darwin – is full of life and love.
Of course, Bradley Foster must also be mentioned. In the lead role, the actor deftly draws the spectators into the naturalist’s excitement throughout his journey, as well as his struggle with Christianity and religious society. His emotions become the audience’s.
For those who have ever failed to get excited about ancient scientific discoveries made by old men with beards in black-and-white times, The Wider Earth lets us experience them as Darwin did. To see the world through his eyes is to be excited by each minuscule detail, to revel in the wonder of nature and to discover what he discovered.
The Wider Earth is a beautiful show, and an adventure full of wonder and magic. Not to missed.
Photos: Marc Douet
The Wider Earth is at the Natural History Museum from 12th October 2018 until 24th February 2019. Book your tickets here.
Watch the trailer for The Wider Earth here: