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On one fateful night, time stops flowing and a heartwarming romance emerges from the chaos! Feast your eyes on one of the most majestic plays to premiere at West End. Written by the award-winning writer, Ian Kershaw, it is a show that does justice to its grandiose name.

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All West End show tickets are non-refundable.

why you should watch the greatest play in the history of the world

An ethereal sense of mystery and magic hangs in the air throughout the presentation of The Greatest Play in the History of the World. It is full of colour, symbolises hope in the darkest hours, and shows that friendship trump all else.

It features Julie Hesmondhalgh, who is married to the playwright himself, Ian Kershaw. She is a BAFTA nominee and is famous for her depiction of Hayley Cropper in Coronation Street, the popular ITV series. Moreover, she has starred in successful shows such as Broadchurch and Happy Valley as well. This play will have Hesmondhalgh will reprise her role as the protagonist of the show, a role that also won her the Stage Edinburgh Award. She is a highly experienced stage actress who has been at the forefront of several productions. Her latest works with the Royal Exchange Theatre include The Almighty Sometimes in 2018 and Mother Courage and her Children in 2019.

Ian Kershaw is a prolific writer whose stage works include Star-Cross’d, Union Street and Bread & Roses, and The Mist in the Mirror. He has also worked in television and has helped create EastEnders, Coronation Street, Death in Paradise, The Mill, Shameless, Cold Feet and the movie Castles in the Sky. Kershaw is the recipient of the Manchester Theatre Award as well as the Radio Academy Award.

The Story

The Greatest Play in the History of the World revolves around a man and a woman, who are neighbours. The man who wakes up in the middle of the night finds that time is strangely standing still. His bedroom is quiet, the street outside is quaint and motionless, and everything in the world seems to be unmoving except for him! The only thing he can see is a light in the house across the street, from which a woman wearing a large David Bowie t-shirt is staring back at him. The play stretches the imagination and takes you on a universal journey of love and the subtleties of life.

Good for

Lovers of Romance | Sci-fi Buffs

Critics Reviews

“Julie Hesmondhalgh’s superb turn as narrator lights up these comic tales about the universal significance of love. ”
– The Guardian

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Show Details

The show will run from 5th February 2020 to 14th March 2020.

An audio describer performance will run at 3 PM on 12th October alongside a Touch tour at 2 PM.

Show Timings

Mon - Fri 7:45 PM
Thur 2:45 PM
Sat 3 PM & 7 PM

To be confirmed.

Leading Roles
Julie Hesmondhalgh as The Unnamed Narrator

Written by
Ian Kershaw

Additional Info


Photo and video recording are not allowed during the show.

To be confirmed.

Available Facilities
In-house bar
Wheelchair accessible

The Trafalgar Studios 2 has a seating capacity of 98.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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