Australian writer persuaded museum to convert gallery for run of acclaimed production

An Australian writer has persuaded London’s Natural History Museum to turn one of its galleries into a theatre to stage his acclaimed puppet show for grownups about the early adventures of Charles Darwin.

Following a sellout run in Brisbane, where the show was commissioned, David Morton’s The Wider Earth went on to play at the Sydney Opera House. Now it will be performed in the London museum’s Jerwood Gallery, not far from its Darwin centre, where many of the original specimens brought back by the naturalist are on display.

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