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The Greatest Play in the History of the World

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Tickets for The Greatest Play in the History of the World available now!

Following its premiere at the Royal Exchange Theatre and a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival the following year, The Greatest Play in the History of the World is living up to its lofty name and has transferred to London’s Trafalgar Studios for a limited six-week run. Coming to London for an exclusive run from 26 November 2019 to 04 January 2020, this might be the greatest way to spend the holidays in the history of the world.

The Greatest Play in the History of the World Ian Kershaw

A man wakes up in the middle of the night.
His bedroom is still.
His street is still.
In fact, the world is still. 

He realises the world has stopped. As he peers out of the crack in his curtains he doesn’t see anything at all. Nothing. Except for a light on in the window of the house across the way and in that window a woman. The woman, in a too-large David Bowie t-shirt, stands in the light of the window in the house across the road staring back at him. 

The Greatest Play in the History of the World stars Julie Hesmondhalgh

BAFTA nominee Julie Hesmondhalgh reprises the role that earned her The Stage Edinburgh Award in the limited London transfer. The actress is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Hayley Cropper on famed ITV series Coronation Street. She is also known for television roles on such series as Happy Valley and Broadchurch. The actress is certainly no stranger to the stage, though. Over the years she has lead numerous productions in varied venues. She has worked often with the Royal Exchange Theatre, most recently in the 2018 production of The Almighty Sometimes and the 2019 production of Mother Courage and her Children. The actress is married to Ian Kershaw, who wrote The Greatest Play in the History of the World.

Limited Trafalgar Studios run of The Greatest Play in the History of the World

There is no excuse to miss The Greatest Play in the History of the World and with the London run strictly limited to a 6-week run from over the 2019-2020 Holiday season. What better way to celebrate the season than with tickets to The Greatest Show in the History of the World? Book now to make sure you’ve got the greatest seats to the greatest play at the greatest price!

Additional Information

Age restriction

To be confirmed.

Running time

1hr 10min (no interval)

Performance dates

26 November 2019 - 04 January 2020


Sign Interpreted performance - Thursday 19 December 2019 at 7.45pm

Venue Information

Trafalgar Studios 214 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY, United Kingdom, London, SW1A 2DY

Customer Reviews

26 reviews4.6

Janis 8th January

Excellent. Loved the informal, personal feel of the production.

Nicky5th January

Fantastic, funny and moving - Julie is an amazing actor who is so down to earth you feel like you know her xxx

Julia Kitson5th January

The actress was so engaging, helped by a great storyline and simple but effective props. This show held my attention for the full time. I loved the intimacy of the theatre and how the actress got the audience involved in the storyline. This was a fantastic show!

Paul Phippin5th January

A lovely experience

Mandy Williams5th January

Beautiful, moving and at times funny play. Enjoyed it immensely. So did my husband.

Miss Martindale4th January

Good show, well presented, very enjoyable

Catherine Philbin3rd January

Brilliant, loved every minute

Nóra Csillag3rd January

Very cleverly constructed and perfectly executed play. Amazing acting. It was a pleasure being part of the experience. Highly recommend it!

Anne31st December

Beautifully written play and an excellent performance. The conversational style was sincere and warm. Faultless would highly recommend.

Janet Rayner31st December

Enjoyed in spite of evacuation! Something completely different, and the last five minutes were magical! My children (30 years old plus) were not so keen but might get them thinking.

Liz Anderson30th December

Wonderful, Julie was so easy to listen to - don't know ow she managed to remember 70 mins of lines - incredible. Skilful writing by Ian was thoroughly entertaining and thought provoking.

Nina Pickup29th December

Beautifully intimate theatre and experience. A multi layered play, brilliantly written by Ian Kershaw. Faultless and endearing delivery by Julie Hesmondhalgh. Topped off by an emotional ending!