Secret Life of Humans

Inspired by Yuval Harari’s international bestseller, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.

In 1949, Dr Jacob Bronowski installs a secret, alarmed room in his house. Fifty years later his grandson discovers his secrets, unearthing echoes from across six million years of human history, told from the perspective of a century in which every year is a revolutionary year.

Following a sell-out, award-winning run at the Edinburgh Festivals, New Diorama present the London premiere of their brand new show, Secret Life of Humans, written and co-directed by David Byrne.

Secret Life of Humans is a co-production between New Diorama Theatre and Greenwich Theatre. The production is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, The Cockayne Foundation, and PRS For Music Foundation. 


New Diorama is a pioneering Central London theatre that champions the work of the most exceptional emerging theatre companies from across the UK. Opened in 2010, our work has transferred to theatres both across the country and internationally, our programme has won many awards - including the Peter Brook Empty Space Award 2016, Les Enfants Terribles Prize, the OffWestEnd Award for Best Artistic Director and The Stage Fringe Theatre of the Year 2017. / @newdiorama


★★★★ "Ambitious, intelligent and moving...unfolds with thriller-like precision with real visual flair." The Guardian


★★★★ "Bold, beautiful and utterly absorbing theatre, finding the thrilling drama inherent in the human story. It takes your breath away." The Stage


★★★★ "Presented with brilliant imagination... strikingly accomplished, absorbing and enjoyable." The Scotsman

"A masterpiece...mesmerising to watch. Nothing less than a theatrical triumph." Broadway Baby


★★★★★ "Polished, visual and thought-provoking, a highlight of this year's Fringe." FringeGuru

★★★★★ "Intellectually, visually & creatively astounding work." Miro Magazine

★★★★ "An Impressive, ambitious adaptation Yuval Harari's bestseller, Sapiens" Time Out London