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Darwinian theories on offer at Hoxton Hall

PUBLISHED: 15:00 01 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:10 05 October 2010

It s 1860 s London and some chap called Charles Darwin has turned the world upside down with his recently published theory of natural selection in a book On The Origin Of Species. What do you do? Well try to prove that he s wrong - and that God exists. Ce

It's 1860's London and some chap called Charles Darwin has turned the world upside down with his recently published theory of natural selection in a book On The Origin Of Species.

What do you do? Well try to prove that he's wrong - and that God exists.

Celebrated taxidermist Lucius Trickett finds himself in cahoots with legendary explorer Gilbert Shirley - and Queen Victoria herself - to disprove Darwin with a stuffed specimen of the mysterious Ghost Loris.

Hoxton Hall is playing host to Gilbert is Dead by Robin French, a tragic-comedy about evolution, from Wednesday for four weeks.

Will Gilbert fight his way from the South Pacific to England in time to save Lucius from the madhouse? Will they restore Faith in people's hearts? And what happens when the missing link goes missing?

With a design concept that utilises many puppets, including a shark, nightingale, turtle (of course) and a centipede, this is a very different way to mark the bicentenary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of his earth shattering tome.

Gilbert is Dead is on at Hoxton Hall from Wednesday until Sunday, November 29. Tickets cost £15 from 08444 771 000.

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