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.


The Greatest Play in the History of the World... is a love story, set on Preston Road and also in space and in time.


The Greatest Play in the World... ran at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester from Thurs 9 - Sun 12 November 2017.


Cast & Crew


Actor Julie Hesmondhalgh


Director Raz Shaw

Designer Naomi Kuyck-Cohen

Lighting Designer Jack Knowles

Composer & Sound Designer Mark Melville


A co-production with Golden Records Productions in association with Royal Exchange Theatre


Generously supported by Arts Council England











“squashed full of exquisite observation, replete with revealing detail and heart-breaking beauty...Hesmondhalgh is flawless”

Northern Soul


“richly textured...brilliantly observed (and very funny)...Julie Hesmondhalgh is nothing short of astonishing”



“a skilful dynamic performance from Julie Hesmondhalgh”

Circles & Stalls