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), The Greatest Play… is squashed full of exquisite observation and heartbreaking beauty.

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

A post-show Q&A will take part after the performance on Thu 17 Jun at 7.30pm with Julie Hesmondhalgh and our Head of Participation, Martin Berry.

Advance Bookings Only

Please note that, in order to look after all visitors and our staff team safely, our Box Office remains closed for in-person bookings. Tickets for this show are, therefore, unavailable to buy on the door and must be purchased in advance.

If you need to speak to a member of the Box Office team, you can email tickets@nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk. We are also operating a limited phone service (10am – 2pm, Monday to Friday) and will be available to take phone enquiries on performance days.

How We're Keeping You Safe

This event will be taking place in person and seating will be socially distanced. We have a number of other additional measures in place to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable visit. You can find out more about these here.

There’s also a money back guarantee!  If Government guidance change closer to the time of the performances and they are unable to proceed, then ticket holders will be offered a full refund.


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