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Natural History Museum to create theatre space for Darwin show

The 357-seat venue is the first time the museum has created a dedicated performance space

The Wider Earth
© Prudence Upton

The Natural History Museum will create a 357-seater performance space for new show The Wider Earth, based on the life of Charles Darwin.

Based in the museum's Jerwood Gallery, near to the Darwin Centre, the piece features a cast of seven and 30 puppets, exploring the wildlife that Darwin encountered on his five-year voyage on the HMS Beagle.

Clare Matterson, director of engagement at the Museum, said: "This is a really exciting creative collaboration – bringing together a hugely talented theatrical team and the Natural History Museum's world-renowned scientific expertise. It makes perfect sense for the museum to host this production which is a gripping retelling of one of the most important voyages in scientific history."

Written by Dead Puppet Society's David Morton, The Wider Earth has already had sell-out runs in Sydney and Brisbane, as well as workshops at the Lincoln Center in New York. It features a score by Tony Buchen and Lior. It runs from 2 October with discounts available for museum members.