by Ian Kershaw


A universal love story that celebrates the human race in all its glorious messiness, confusion and joy.


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.


The Stage Edinburgh Award Winner and 2018 Fringe sell-out show, embarked on its debut UK Tour from 18 May - 3 July 2021.



Cast & Crew


Performed by Julie Hesmondhalgh


Director Raz Shaw

Designer Naomi Kuyck-Cohen

Lighting Designer Jack Knowles

Composer & Sound Designer Mark Melville


In association with Hull Truck Theatre.


Originally produced in association with Royal Exchange Theatre.









2021 Tour Dates



18 - 22 May 

Stephen Joseph Theatre 


26 - 30 May 

Chester Storyhouse


1 - 5 June 

York Theatre Royal


- 12 June 

Hull Truck Theatre


15 - 19 June 

Nottingham Playhouse


24 - 26 June

Oldham Coliseum


29 June - 3 July 

Liverpool Playhouse






"If you are seeking THE play to re-introduce you to the joy of theatre -going after pandemic hibernation, right now this is The Greatest Play in the History of the World..."

Charles Hutchinson



"after being away from the theatre for so long, (it) is simply the greatest feeling in the history of the world!"

Cheshire Live



"If you get the chance to see it, seize it"

The Observer



"a beautiful love letter to love and humanity"

Yorkshire Post



"Hesmondhalgh is a force to be reckoned with"

Always Time for Theatre



"70 minutes of wonderful storytelling"

Reviews Hub



"Hesmondhalgh is impressive, holding the audience's rapt attention"

Fairy Powered Productions



"An unearthly tale brought to life by an out-of-this-world performer"

North West End



"Hesmondhalgh's performance....skillfully navigates the twists and turns of Kershaw's text"

A Younger Theatre