The Greatest Play in the History of the World… starring Julie Hesmondhalgh is to have its London premiere this Christmas.
Written by Hesmondhalgh’s husband Ian Kershaw, the play ran at the Traverse Theatre as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018 before transferring to the Royal Exchange in Manchester’s studio space
Hesmondhalgh won The Stage Edinburgh Award 2018 for her performance.
The Greatest Play in the History of the World… will run at Trafalgar Studios 2 from November 26 to January 4, 2020, with press night on November 28. It is directed by Raz Shaw.
Hesmondhalgh said: “I had a notion, a romantic notion, that my husband, the writer Ian Kershaw, should write a one woman show for me and we could tour it together into our dotage, like travelling troubadours.
“A couple of Christmasses ago he kept disappearing to the cellar for an hour at a time, wrapping presents maybe, I thought.
“And then he presented me with this lovely thing. A beautiful play, a love story, but a universal one about learning in time what matters in the end, about leaving a mark on the world (and maybe beyond) that shows us, the human race, in all its glorious messiness, confusion and joy.”
The Greatest Play in the History of the World… is produced by Tara Finney Productions.