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

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A love story set on Preston Road – and also in space and in time.


Presented by Tara Finney Productions in association with Hull Truck Theatre
Written by Ian Kershaw
Directed by Raz Shaw

Key Cast:

Julie Hesmondhalgh

Price: From £10

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18 May - 22 May 2021

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.

★★★★ "about as close as theatre can come to being hugged for 70 minutes non-stop" Independent

★★★★ "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" What’s On Stage

Post-show Q&A: Wednesday, 19 May, 7.30pm

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We are a Covid-secure venue and have been awarded two industry standard marks recognising the comprehensive safety measures we have in place which include temperature checks, 2 metre socially distanced seating, hand sanitiser stations, one-way systems, enhanced cleaning, staggered arrival times

Please note: face coverings are mandatory throughout the building (unless exempt - this includes under 11s) except when eating or drinking.

You can find full details of our Covid safety measures here.


Tuesday 18 May 2021, 7.30pm

Wednesday 19 May 2021, 7.30pm

Thursday 20 May 2021, 1.30pm

Thursday 20 May 2021, 7.30pm

Friday 21 May 2021, 7.30pm

Saturday 22 May 2021, 2.30pm

Saturday 22 May 2021, 7.30pm

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Arts Council England
Whitby-Scarborough-Filey Borough of Scarborough
Discover Yorkshire Coast