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 2018 BAFTA nominee Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street, Broadchurch), The Greatest Play... is squashed full of exquisite observation and heartbreaking beauty.


Following a sell-out run at Traverse Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018, where Hesmondhalgh was the winner of The Stage Edinburgh Award, The Greatest Play... transferred to Trafalgar Studios for six weeks, from Tues 26 Nov - Sat 4 Jan 2019.


Cast & Crew


Actor Julie Hesmondhalgh


Director Raz Shaw

Designer Naomi Kuyck-Cohen

Lighting Designer Jack Knowles

Composer & Sound Designer Mark Melville


Originally produced 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