The Greatest Play in the History of the World... tickets

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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.

Following a sell-out run at Traverse Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018, where Hesmondhalgh was the winner of The Stage Edinburgh Award, The Greatest Play… transfers to Trafalgar Studios for six weeks only.


‘about as close as theatre can come to being hugged for 70 minutes non-stop’



‘expertly directed by Raz Shaw’

Evening Standard


‘a love letter to life’

Mail on Sunday

The Greatest Play in the History of the World... reviews

2 reviews
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4 Jan 2020

A tour de force from Julie Hesmondhalgh. She kept up the energy from the first minute to the last , made eye contact with every member of the audience, and , after much laughter, in the final moments brought tears to my eyes. A lovely, ultimately uplifting piece of theatre.

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6 Dec 2019

A dear little, thought provoking play. Julie (can’t spell her surname) provided us with a lovely, friendly afternoon!


Access Information

For access bookings, please contact the Box Office on 0800 912 6971

Cancellation Policy

No refunds or exchanges after booking.


The appearance of any member of cast is subject to change and may be affected by contracts, holiday, illness, or events beyond the producers' control. If in doubt please check with the Box Office before booking.


70 min

Good To Know

Director Raz Shaw

Designer Naomi Kuyck-Cohen

Lighting Designer Jack Knowles

Composer & Sound Designer Mark Melville

How Does It Work

You will receive a booking confirmation email.

Please print the booking confirmation and bring it on the day, a minimum of 30 minutes before the performance start time. You will also need to present the card used to purchase the tickets as valid ID.

When Can I Go

Tue, 26th November 2019 - Sat, 4th January 2020

Sign Interpreted performance Thursday 19th December at 7.45 pm.  Please contact 0800 912 6971 to book.  

Where Do I Go

Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall London SW1A 2DY