The Time Machine

The Time Machine

This spring, The London Library is teaming up with Creation Theatre, the company that brought us Dracula, to host an exciting new theatre production

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27 February 2020  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“It’s a 125-years since HG Wells’ published his novel, originally in serial form, about a man who invents a device for travelling through the fourth dimension. Now, in small groups at a time, audiences can gather at the London Library—where Wells was himself a member for 50 years—and be taken on their own time travelling adventure courtesy of Creation Theatre. Drawing on research by the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities this adaptation by Jonathan Holloway, smashes the novel apart to create a piece in which the present is always changing and the future unpredictable.”


As The Time Machine celebrates its 125th anniversary, delve into the secret corners of The London Library and travel through time to experience HG Wells’ prescient sci-fi classic as never before.

In Creation Theatre’s new production, writer Jonathan Holloway reimagines the novel to create a world in which time has fragmented, the present is endlessly shifting and the future is strange and uncertain. This surreal, psychedelic adventure draws on cutting edge research from the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities to challenge our perceptions and raise important questions about time, society and the nature of human existence.

Innovative audio visual design will transform The London Library’s extraordinary building - where Wells was a member for over 50 years - to create a unique theatrical experience, with audience groups being led by their very own Time Traveller. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be provoked on this journey into the unknown.

The performance will take place in groups of up to 20, moving around various rooms in:

The London Library
14 St James’s Square, London SW1Y 4LG

Age Recommendation: 12+

Critic reviews

Overall, The Time Machine experience is very engaging

Theatre Weekly

A muddled, static story greatly enlivened by powerful performances

Everything Theatre

Eerily timely but incoherent site-specific adaptation of HG Wells' novella

The Stage

There is lots to interest here

Lyn Gardner for Stagedoor

Natasha Rickman's direction maintains a jaunty intensity


Disastrously dull and calamitously wasteful

A Younger Theatre

Date & time

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Sat 29 Feb - Sun 5 Apr, 5pm, 5.20pm, 5.40pm. 6pm, 7pm, 7.20pm, 7.40pm & 8pm


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