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, embarks on its debut UK Tour from 18 May - 3 July 2021.


Tickets on sale soon via venue websites below!


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.









Tour Dates



18 - 22 May 

Stephen Joseph Theatre (Scarborough)


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




"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