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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

Upcoming performances

Autumn 2016

Origin of SpeciesDec 1: as Charles Darwin in ORIGIN OF SPECIES... at Ropsley Village Hall, Lincolnshire, 7:30pm
Dec 2: as Charles Darwin in ORIGIN OF SPECIES... at Rutland County Museum, Oakham, 7:30pm
Dec 3: as Charles Darwin in ORIGIN OF SPECIES... at Ewerby Reading Room, 8pm

Spring 2017

Jan 18: some science songs at University of Sussex's STARGAZING event
Feb 18: ENSONGLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE at Komedia, Brighton, 6pm
Feb 20: as Albert in ALBERT EINSTEIN: RELATIVITIVELY SPEAKING for the Radiology Society (private event)
Feb 24-25: ENSONGLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE at Omnibus, ClaphamElement in the Room
Mar 8: ENSONGLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE at Pontardawe Arts Centre, Wales, 7:30pm
Mar 10: as Marie Curie in THE ELEMENT IN THE ROOM at Loughborough University
Mar 11: ENSONGLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE at Carriageworks, Leeds
Mar 16: ENSONGLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE at a secondary school in Brighton
Mar 21-24: as Albert in ALBERT EINSTEIN: RELATIVITIVELY SPEAKING (JUNIOR EDITION) at Esplora Science Centre, Malta
Mar 23: ENSONGLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE at Esplora Science Centre, Malta
Mar 26: ENSONGLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE at the Junction, Cambridge (2 shows)
Apr (date TBC): ENSONGLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE at Edinburgh International Science Festival
Apr 7: ENSONGLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE at Customs House, South Shields
Apr 8: ENSONGLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE at Assembly Rooms, Presteigne, Wales
Apr 22: ENSONGLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE at Artrix, Bromsgrove
Apr 23: ENSONGLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE at Mac Birmingham
Apr 26-28: ENSONGLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE at schools in Lincolnshire
Apr 29: ENSONGLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE at Spilsby Theatre
May (dates TBC) ENSONGLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE at Brighton Fringe

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)