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The Wider Earth at Natural History Museum casting announced

The new show is about Charles Darwin

Bradley Foster (Charles Darwin)
(© The Trustees of The Natural History Museum)

Casting has been announced for The Wider Earth, an award-winning drama about Charles Darwin that opens at the Natural History Museum in October.

Written and directed by David Morton, the piece was developed whilst or under mentorship with Handspring Puppet Company, the creative team behind War Horse.

Starring as Darwin will be Bradley Foster (Common, NT), and he will be joined by Ian Houghton (War Horse, This House), Andrew Bridgmont (War Horse, Faustus), Matt Tait (War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), Jack Parry Jones (Moon Dogs), Marcello Cruz (Much Ado About Nothing, Globe), Melissa Vaughan (Night Must Fall), Rory Fairbairn (The Importance of Being Earnest, Immersion Theatre) and Kim Scopes (A Christmas Carol, West End).

Featuring 30 puppets representing the tropical wildlife Darwin encountered on his voyage, the coming-of-age story follows a rebellious young Darwin on his five-year voyage on HMS Beagle.


The production receives its European premiere at the Natural History Museum from 2 October to 30 December in the first theatre ever to be built at the museum.