Published on October 20, 2016 by Sean Flynt  

Samford University will host the acclaimed British one-man play, Mr. Darwin’s Tree, Friday Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. in Harrison Theatre. The play explores the life and work of Charles Darwin and his impact on science and religion.

The professional production, written by Murray Watts and acted by Andrew Harrison, premiered at Westminster Abbey and has been performed at the Edinburgh Festival, King’s Head Theatre in London, as well as at Oxford, Cambridge, St. Andrews, and many other universities, colleges, and theatres in the UK. The play toured the U.S. in spring, 2016, and is touring college campuses this fall.

The Samford performance (approximately 75 minutes) will be followed by a 30 minute panel discussion and Q&A with the audience. A reception will follow in the foyer of Harrison Theatre.

Tickets for Samford students, employees and spouses are free at the Samford box office (726-2853). All other tickets are $10 at the box office or online at

Mr. Darwin’s Tree is sponsored by the Science and Religion Club, the Center for Science and Religion, and the Theatre Department. It is produced by Scholarship & Christianity In Oxford, the UK Centre of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, and underwritten by the Templeton Religion Trust.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.