Science Museum Live comes to London - 3 weeks only: 17 October - 4 November


This October, hot from its successful tour of UK theatres, the best of Science Museum Live is coming to the Science Museum’s IMAX theatre.

This 60-minute theatrical adventure will take you into the wonderful world of science with dangerous demonstrations, extraordinary experiments and spectacular science.


We are inviting journalists and their families to join us for a special show at the Science Museum on the afternoon of Thursday 18 October at 4.30pm. Further details to be announced.

To register interest please contact or tel: 0207 942 4364.

Inspired by the Science Museum’s hugely popular interactive galleries, this inventive theatre show is perfect for families and school children.

Featuring interactive sets, pyrotechnics and digital projections, the action is interspersed with footage from inside the Science Museum.

Key experiments featured in the show include:

  • Exploding Bubbles - see how Methane and then Acetylene gas cause bubbles to explode over the presenters’ heads – showing how chemical energy works.
  •  Liquid Nitrogen  - flowers and a balloon are frozen to 196 degrees Celsius to see how their properties change.
  • Liquid Nitrogen - a sealed liquid nitrogen filled plastic bottle is placed in a bath of hot water and then explodes dramatically.
  • Electricity - see how strip lights are lit up using plasma balls.
  • Electricity -  a Van der Graff generator is used to make the presenters hair stand on end and then give him an electric shock.
  • Trebuchet - objects are fired into the audience to demonstrate potential and kinetic energy.
  • Hovercraft - see a real hovercraft being made on stage before a volunteer from the audience is chosen to pilot it.
  • Bottle rockets - Hydrogen filled bottles are fired into the audience.

The Science Museum’s Outreach Manager, Toby Parkin, said; “The live theatre shows provide a fun and innovative way for people to engage in science. With our unique blend of action, science and entertainment we hope to break down any barriers that people may have to learning about science.”

The rise of popular science is fast becoming a phenomenon. In 2011 over 350,000 children and their families attended Science Museum Live on Tour, Brainiac Live! and Big Bang! alone. The Science Museum posted its highest figure recently with over 20,000 people visiting the Museum in one day and the success of its Lates audience (18-35 year olds) has snowballed, reaching up to 5000 attendees a night.

Science Museum Live is a collaboration between the Science Museum and award winning theatre producers M4 Entertainment who produced the smash hit show Brainiac Live! and who are Creative Producers for The Big Bang! and Guiness World Records Science! . Written and directed by M4 Entertainment creative team Mark Thompson & Andy Joyce, the production is based on an original concept by Ben Keaton with original design by Phil Eddols, lighting design by Dave Muir, AV & sound design by Rich Rowley and performed by Mike Gobel and Emma Blackwell.

Science Museum Live on Tour supports the Key Stage 2  Science curriculum and is suitable for the whole family ages 7 and above.

Quotes from the press…

‘A show that lights up the world’ 5 stars -

‘Superb’ - Mail on Sunday

‘A great way to encourage a love of science’ - Western Mail

Booking information

To book tickets or for enquiries call 0870 870 4868 or visit
Adult: £12, Child: £9.50
Family Tickets: 2 adults, 2 children: £35, 2 adults, 1 child: £27, 1 adult, 2 children: £25.


For further information about the Science Museum, please contact:

Laura Singleton, Science Museum Press Office on 020 7942 4364 or E-mail: @LauraSingleton3

Science Museum Visitor Information
Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD. Open daily 10.00 to 18.00, except 24-26 December.
Summer opening hours – 20 July – 2 September open till 19.00. / 0870 870 4868
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Notes to Editors

Science Museum
The Science Museum’s collections form an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical change from the past. Aiming to be the best place in the world for people to enjoy science, the Science Museum makes sense of the science that shapes our lives, sparking curiosity, releasing creativity and changing the future by engaging people of all generations and backgrounds in science, engineering, medicine, technology, design and enterprise.

M4 Production Company
M4 Entertainment has firmly made its mark as one of the country's leading live entertainment producers.  In the UK, the company’s shows have now been seen by audiences in excess of 3 million in theatres, arenas, holiday resorts and festivals. Most recent shows include: Brainiac Live! with Sky One; Milkshake Live!, My First Concert with Five TV; and Cartoon Network with CN. M4 Entertainment are also the Creative Partners for the Big Bang Young Science Fair. Managing Director, Dan Colman has been producing shows since 1995 when he launched the UK tours of the Reduced Shakespeare Company. His producing credits include: Slava’s Snowshow (Olivier Award for Best Entertainment), Right Size-Do You Come Here Often? (Olivier Award for Best Entertainment), Shockheaded Peter (Oliver Award for Best Entertainment), Rosie & Jim, Tweenies Live!, Balamory, Noddy Live, Thomas the Tank Engine, Bob The Builder, Dr Bunhead’s Recipes for Disaster, My First Festival, Ruca (Caillou) and Jetix Live.