Julie's Greatest challenge

Published: 19 December 2020
Reporter: David Upton

Julie Hesmondhalgh

With a title like The Greatest Play in the History of the World..., Coronation Street and Broadchurch’s Julie Hesmondhalgh plans a debut tour of a one-woman story of love, legacy and hope.

It’s a journey that starts and ends on a quiet suburban road. Julie narrates a story of two neighbours and the people on their street, navigating the nuances of life, the possibilities of science and the meaning of love.

As an Edinburgh Fringe 2018 sell-out, it ran at the Traverse Theatre before transferring to Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre Studio in September 2018 and to London’s West End in December 2019.

Written by the actress’s husband Ian Kershaw (Coronation Street, Cold Feet, Shameless), the production reunites her with award-winning director Raz Shaw who she worked with on the acclaimed production of Wit at Manchester’s Royal Exchange in 2016.

It tours to Hull Truck Theatre, January 29–6 February; Chester Storyhouse, February 10–14; York Theatre Royal, February 16–20; Liverpool Playhouse, February 23–27; Nottingham Playhouse March 1–4; Stephen Joseph, Scarborough, March 9–13; Theatre By the Lake, Keswick, March 16–20.