The Story of the Solar System

Image credits: ESO/T. Preibisch; NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA; NASA, ESA, and A. Simon (GSFC).

Following its 2016 premiere and sell out follow-up performance, Will’s live stage show The Story of the Solar System is now touring theatres in the UK. Please see below for the latest news on upcoming show dates and box office details.

MORE 2019 TOUR DATES COMING SOON!

EXETER PHOENIX, EXETER – 27 JANUARY 2019 [NEW – BOOK TICKETS] 

THE REDGRAVE THEATRE, BRISTOL – 24 FEBRUARY 2018 [SOLD OUT]

TACCHI-MORRIS ARTS CENTRE, TAUNTON – 19 NOVEMBER 2016

ABOUT THE SHOW

Few stories are more exciting, more extraordinary, than that of our Solar System and the planets, moons, asteroids and comets that orbit the star we call the Sun. In this thrilling live show, astronomer Will Gater brings this remarkable tale to the stage.

The Story of the Solar System explores how the planets came to be and how they were transformed from wandering points of light to familiar worlds. Worlds that we’ve now examined up-close with robotic rovers and orbiting spacecraft.

Along the way you’ll hear about the men and women who pioneered the study of our planetary neighbourhood and see how modern space missions, investigating strange and awe-inspiring alien landscapes, have built on their work.

With live demos bringing to life some of the science of the Solar System and spectacular astronomical imagery throughout, this promises to be one story you won’t forget soon.

“Very much like the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures…I loved this show. I loved seeing a talented science communicator making his knowledge accessible and interesting and passing his enthusiasm to the audience.” – Weston-super-Mum.com

“Expansive and exciting” – BBC Sky at Night Magazine 

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PICTURES FROM PREVIOUS SHOWS

A new stage prop for 2018 – a 1:6-scale model of NASA’s New Horizons probe, which is currently exploring the distant outer reaches of the Solar System.

THE PREMIERE OF THE STORY OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM, NOVEMBER 2016

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The Story of the Solar System set. The 3.5m Rosetta model looms over the demo table with Comet 67P below left. Credit: Will Gater

Fish-eye views of the show’s opening sequence – the audience watches as the Sun is born, surrounded by a vast disc of dust and gas. Credit: Will Gater

Will telling the tale of the night Galileo Galilei turned his telescope toward Jupiter and saw, for the first time, its four largest moons.

The Story of the Solar System set – at left awaiting the audience and at right during the show (with Will on stage holding a replica of one of Galileo’s telescopes).

Publicity image of the show’s 1:3-scale Huygens probe model surrounded by smooth ‘icy’ pebbles on the surface of Titan. Credit: Will Gater

Will on stage during the first half and (at right) a publicity image of the model Philae lander and its final resting site on Comet 67P.

The smallest star of the show! A slice of carbonaceous chondrite meteorite showing chondrules and calcium aluminium inclusions (CAIs). Credit: Will Gater

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The 1:3 replica of the Huygens probe on stage bathed in the orange glow of Titan’s hazy skies. Credit: Will Gater

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Wide view of the Story of the Solar System set from the top of the stalls. Credit: Will Gater

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Will making a cometary nucleus live on stage using dry ice and other ingredients and (at right) a publicity shot of the Philae lander on Comet 67P with a cometary jet.

Will pointing out the dark surface of the mini-comet and the similarities to a real cometary nucleus and (at right) blowing on it to create the ‘coma’.

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Publicity image of the show’s 3.5-metre wide Rosetta model showing details on the orbiter and science instruments/cameras. Credit: Will Gater

View from the upper left stalls looking towards Will carrying the ‘Neptune’ LED marker stick (at top right).