by Ian Kershaw


A man wakes in the middle of the night to discover that the world has stopped.


Through the crack in his bedroom curtains he can see no signs of life at all...other than a light in the house opposite where a woman in an over-sized Bowie T-shirt stands, looking back at him.


Starring Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street, Broadchurch), The Greatest Play... is squashed full of exquisite observation and heartbreaking beauty.


The Greatest Play in the World...  ran at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh from Thurs 2 - Sun 26 August and Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester from Thurs 20 - Sat 29 September 2018.



Cast & Crew


Actor Julie Hesmondhalgh


Director Raz Shaw

Designer Naomi Kuyck-Cohen

Lighting Designer Jack Knowles

Composer & Sound Designer Mark Melville


In association with Royal Exchange Theatre












"about as close as theatre can come to being hugged for 70 minutes non-stop"




"as clever as Einstein, as cosy as a pair of old slippers, and a joy to watch"

The Herald



"expertly directed by Raz Shaw"

Evening Standard



"a love letter to life"

Mail on Sunday



"just magical"

What’s On Stage



"a quirky and charming little play which is beautifully executed by Hesmondhalgh"

Broadway World



"a delightful piece of storytelling that would melt even the most jaded heart"

British Theatre



"a powerful solo performance contemplating love and legacy"




"as comforting as a pair of cosy slippers"

Edinburgh Guide



"a small, perfectly formed production"

The List



"the entire room transfixed on this narrative gatekeeper’s every word"

The Wee Review



"Hesmondhalgh shines"

Edinburgh Festivals Magazine



"completely mesmerising"

Young Perspective