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John Hinton headshotWho Is John Hinton?

John Hinton is a theatre practitioner and science communicator. His 'Scientrilogy' of musical comedies, in which he plays Charles Darwin (The Origin of Species...), Albert Einstein (Albert Einstein: Relativitively Speaking) and Marie Curie (The Element in the Room), have won multiple awards internationally and have toured almost continually since 2009. These three shows are produced by Tangram Theatre Company, of whom John is a founder member and artistic associate.

Ensonglopedia of Science

His main lines of work are as an actor, director, playwright, singer-songwriter, performance skills teacher, juggler and science communicator.

In February 2017 he launches his new show, the Ensonglopedia of Science, at Brighton Science Festival, followed by an international tour.

Nice things people from the press have said

"Hinton is a top-drawer storyteller... I strongly recommend you see this man in action" -FringeReview (on Ragnarok: The Weird of the Gods)
"John Hinton is breaking ground in his approach to bringing science to the stage" -Science Live (on Albert Einstein: Relativitively Speaking)
"John Hinton is an absolute joy...This guy would get anyone interested in science" -Adelaide Theatre Guide (on The Origin of Species...)
"After beguiling me with yet another diverse, engaging show, I’m starting to wonder if John Hinton can possibly really exist. Superb." -Fringe Guru (on Ragnarok: The Weird of the Gods)
"If you think that science is boring, think again, think Hinton, so clever, so sharp" -The Reviews Hub
(on Albert Einstein: Relativitively Speaking)


ThreeWeeks Editors' AwardCritics' Circle AwardOff-West-End AwardBrighton Fringe AwardNomination for best performanceNomination for best show
- The Scientrilogy (Origin of Species..., Albert Einstein: Relativitively Speaking and The Element in the Room): ThreeWeeks Editors' Award at Edinburgh Fringe, 2016
- The Element in the Room: Weekly Critics' Circle Award at Adelaide Fringe, 2016
- Albert Einstein: Relativitively Speaking: Off-West-End Award for 'Best show for young people aged 8+', 2015
- Albert Einstein: Relativitively Speaking (Junior Edition): Best Children's Show Award at Brighton Fringe, 2015
- The Origin of Species...: nominated for Best Theatre Performance and Best Theatre Show at Adelaide Fringe, 2012
- Ensonglopedia of Science: nominated for a Primary Times Children's Choice Award at Brighton Fringe, 2017

Upcoming performances

Mon 27 Aug - Sun 2 Sept Ensonglopedia of Space 3 shows a day - exact times TBC

Eden Project, CORNWALL

Thu 13th Sept The Origin of Species... Two private performances

North Wall, OXFORD

no tickets
Sat 15th Sept Ensonglopedia of Animals 7:30pm

Queniborough Village Hall, LINCOLNSHIRE

Sun 16 Sept Ensonglopedia of Animals 2pm

Artrix Arts Centre, Bromsgrove, WORCESTERSHIRE

box office
Mon 17 Sept The Origin of Species... 7:30pm

Hurst Festival, Hurstpierpoint, WEST SUSSEX

box office
Wed 20 Sept Ensonglopedia of Plants TBC


private event
Sat 6 Oct Ensonglopedia of Animals (extract) 3:30 & 7:30

Mayor's Charity Variety Show, Clarendon Centre, BRIGHTON

tickets here
Tue 9 Oct Ensonglopedia of Animals 3pm


box office
Tue 23 Oct Ensonglopedia of Animals 2pm

Spiegeltent, Canterbury Festival, KENT

box office
Sat 27 Oct Now That's What I Call A Lot Of Songs About Science 4pm

Komedia, Brighton, SUSSEX

box office
Wed 7 Nov Ensonglopedia of Science (+ workshop) workshop 5pm, show 7pm

Havering Book Festival, EAST LONDON

tickets on sale soon
Thu 8 Nov Ensonglopedia of Plants TBC


private event
Sat 17 Nov Ensonglopedia of Animals TBC

Assembly Rooms, Presteigne, WELSH BORDER

tickets on sale soon
Sat 8 Dec Ensonglopedia of Animals TBC

Ditchling Village Hall, EAST SUSSEX

please email for tickets


Venues enquiring about booking one of John's shows should contact Jo Eagle on either or (strictly speaking, the former address should be used for enquiries related to the three musical comedies about Darwin, Einstein and Curie, and the latter should be used for Ensonglopedia, but since Jo handles enquiries for all four shows it doesn't really matter which address you use...)

(Prize for scrolling all the way to the bottom: the chance to read John's honeymoon diary and see all the pretty pictures)