The Energy Show: An Explosive New Theatrical Experience at the Science Museum


22 July – 31 August 2013
Tuesdays to Sundays at 11.30 and 13.30
Prices: Adult £14.40, Child £9.50
Family and Group tickets available

This summer the Science Museum premieres The Energy Show, an electrifying new science show for families with children aged 7+.

Follow Annabella and Phil, two futuristic science students, as they race against time to prove their knowledge of energy through a series of live experiments. Featuring a virtual assistant named i-nstein and a steampunk workshop full of gadgets and chemicals, Annabella and Phil use liquid nitrogen, hydrogen rockets and electricity to create a dangerously exciting experience.

The Energy Show is a unique theatrical experience whose award-winning creative talent draws on the continued success of the Science Museum’s previous live science shows.

Directed and co-written by Martin Lamb, who has worked with the English National Opera and the V&A, The Energy Show boasts a creative team who have collectively worked nationally and internationally on more than 500 shows, including productions on the West End and Broadway. Their awards include a Tony Award, a Village Voice OBIE and a Theatregoers’ Choice Award. Full cast and crew details can be found under Notes to Editors.

Martin Lamb, Director, says “The Energy Show is a dynamic and fresh way for young people to engage with science, weaving together the best elements of a traditional live science show with the storytelling features of a family theatrical performance. Audiences will enjoy a distinctive and engaging experience.”

Toby Parkin, Co-producer and Outreach Manager at the Science Museum, says “The Energy Show creates universal appeal through a blend of eye-popping demonstrations and scientific reasoning. Whether it’s the steampunk laboratory, wise-cracking animated assistant or exploding Hydrogen, young people will engage with this show, no matter what their interest in science.” 

Running at 75 minutes (no interval), The Energy Show is suitable for children 7+ and supports the Key Stages 2 and 3 science curriculum. Performances will be held in the Science Museum’s IMAX theatre on a newly installed mechanical stage.

Experiments and demonstrations include:
• Flaming Methane bubbles
• Exploding bottles of liquid nitrogen
• Lights powered by Plasma Balls
• A hair-raising Van de Graaff generator
• Soaring hydrogen-filled rockets

Booking information
To book tickets please call 0870 870 4868 or visit

Adult: £14.50
Child: £9.50

Family Tickets:
1 adult, 2 children: £29
1 adult, 3 children: £38
2 adults, 1 child: £34
2 adults, 2 children: £42

10% discount for groups of 10+


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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 – 25 July – 1 September open till 19.00 / 0870 870 4868
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Notes to Editors

About the Science Museum
As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum’s world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Welcoming over 3 million visitors a year, the Museum aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives, inspiring visitors with iconic objects, award-winning exhibitions and incredible stories of scientific achievement.

Science Museum Live
Science Museum Live: The Energy Show is the first large scale live theatre show exclusively produced by the internationally renowned Science Museum. It will take up a six week residency in the Science Museum’s IMAX Theatre in summer 2013 before touring nationally and internationally in spring 2014. Science Museum Live aims to develop work that enhances a wider understanding, engagement and enjoyment of the Science Museum Groups’ key areas of specialisation and expertise, as well as being recognised for producing great live theatre and entertainment.

Cast and crew
The Energy Show features costumes and sets designed by Janet Bird and music composed by Michael Denny. Animator and Projection Designer Nina Dunn is joined by Mark Thompson as Production Manager, who has worked on over 25 productions, including the Big Bang Fair and Guinness World Records Science. Lighting design will be provided by Malcolm Rippeth, whose awards include a 2010 Village Voice OBIE and a 2009 Theatregoers' Choice Award for his work on Broadway. Sound Designer Sebastian Frost received the 2008 Tony Award for Best Sound Design and has worked on over 400 productions.

The Energy Show has been produced and co-written by Sam Mason, Commercial Director at the Science Museum, who has been involved in more than 30 productions over 20 years, and co-produced by Toby Parkin, Outreach Manager at the Science Museum, who has overseen several Science Museum shows.