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The Greatest Play in the History of the World

Thursday 24 June 2021 - Saturday 26 June 2021
From £18.00

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By Ian Kershaw
Performed by Julie Hesmondhalgh

Directed by Raz Shaw
Designed by Naomi Kuyck-Cohen
Lighting Design by Jack Knowles
Sound Design by Mark Melville

Producer Tara Finney
Production Manager Oliver Brown
Stage Manager Philip Hussey
Associate Designer Becky-Dee Trevenen
Associate Lighting Designer Joe Hornsby
Assistant Producer Robyn Bennett
PR SM Publicity
Graphic Design Grant Archer

Originally produced in association with the Royal Exchange Theatre.

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 BAFTA nominated Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street, Broadchurch) and written by Ian Kershaw (the Coliseum’s productions of Star-Cross’d, The Mist in the Mirror and Bread & Roses), The Greatest Play… is squashed full of exquisite observation and heartbreaking beauty.

The Stage Edinburgh Award Winner and 2018 Fringe sell-out show.

We can’t wait to welcome you back to the Coliseum after being closed for over a year due to the pandemic. Please see our covid-secure procedures here.


“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

“A love letter to life”

Mail on Sunday

“Just magical”

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